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LAFF Review: Sin Alas (★★)

Sin Alas is a confounding film. On the one hand it’s a wonderful look into a culture that we don’t particularly see, at times searingly acted, and an admirable...

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LAFF Film Review: It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (★★★)

Charisma is an interesting power that actors have at their disposal. When used properly, an actor with charisma can render you completely unable to look away from the...

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LAFF Film Review: How He Fell in Love (★★★)

One of the toughest things about movies that deal with affairs is not the likability of the characters, but in how we as an audience feel about the choices the...

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AFI Fest Film Review: American Sniper (★★½)

AFI Film Festival: That quiet stillness you hear in the air during the AFI Fest could have been during one of the tense pauses during sniper battles, but I’d...

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Comic Con: The Maze Runner (★★★)

There probably won’t be a film to hit in September that will be more entertaining than The Maze Runner. The film, which screened for fans, has the look and the...

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (★★★½)

Very few sequels outdo their predecessors.  Some will credit Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II as the greatest sequel of all-time while I find the...

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La Bare (★★★)

It’s no surprise that when actors do research for a role, that it can take on a life of its own. They are a part of the storytelling process and in being forced to...

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Comet (★★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: Much like the comets and shooting stars that Del and Kimberly are waiting to see, Comet is a film you have to wait for to fully get. Not that...

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My Name is Salt (★★★)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2014: Thoroughly composed and crafted there are going to be few documentaries are gorgeously made as My Name is Salt, the documentary playing...

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (★★★)

When I managed to catch the first How to Train Your Dragon film on television I did so with a little bit of nonchalance. I had heard the film was good but it never...

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100 Days (★★★)

Produced by Stacy Fan (Wen-Si) and Weiko Lin (Wei-Ke), ‘100 Days‘ (TUC) was written by Megi Hsu, in collaboration with Weiko Lin, and directed by the...

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The Monuments Men (★★½)

Well now, I certainly can see now why this movie was bumped from the 2013 awards season. George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men isn’t a bad film at all, but it...

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Unhung Hero (★★★)

Alternately hilarious and informative, Unhung Hero chronicles one man’s journey to come to grips with his issues with his penis size. A self-proclaimed...

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The Wolverine: Unleashed Extended Edition (★★★)

The Wolverine: Unleashed Extended Edition, arriving on Blu-Ray tomorrow screened in front of critics two weeks ago and I happened to be attendance to catch the flick I...

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Frozen (★★★★)

When one hears about a new Disney princess film, many happy memories come to mind as well as many questions. Will it be too heavy on the love story? Will the songs be...

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AFI Fest: Tom at the Farm (★★½)

In the few Xavier Dolan films I’ve had the chance to witness, he’s often his own worst enemy. AFI Fest selection Tom at the Farm, sees the director at...

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AFI Fest: Lone Survivor (★★★½)

Chosen as one of the AFI gala screenings, Lone Survivor certainly had some high expectations based on the subject matter, cast, and filmmaking team. Luckily for the...

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AFI Fest: August: Osage County (★★★)

Bruisingly funny and incredibly engaging, August: Osage County is a film that entertains from start to finish. Sure there are a few missteps along the way but there is...

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Don Jon (★★)

Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s directorial debut, certainly means well. However just because a film means well doesn’t mean that it’s guaranteed to be...

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The Muslims are Coming! (★★)

We are told as youngsters that laughter is the best medicine. With that in mind a group of Muslim-American comedians set out to cure the growing disease of...

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Dallas Buyers Club (★★★)

In the front lines of transforming your physical appearance for the sake of the art, critics and audiences respond with gasps and eye-bulging at the shocking...

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A Teacher (★★½)

From Oscilloscope Laboratories comes a romantically eerie tale about a troubled high school English teacher named Diana Watts and her teen-aged student, Eric Tull. As...

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Dark Tourist (★★)

The inherent darkness that humans possess is a topic that’s explored in depth in Dark Tourist, a film starring Michael Cudlitz as Jim, a grief tourist who slowly...

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The Grandmaster (★★★)

Director Wong Kar Wai, notorious for his abstract narratives and expressive aesthetic, presents his most mainstream effort yet with The Grandmaster. The story of the...

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler (★★★½)

Lee Daniels’ The Butler is an easy film to appreciate on face value with its wonderful performances, strong production values, and creative team. However, it...