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Film Review: ‘Queen of Katwe’ Is Charming but Imperfect

One wouldn’t expect to find a chess prodigy hidden in the slums of Katwe, Uganda. Yet that’s exactly what happened when Phiona Mutesi happened upon Robert Katende’s Pioneers on an afternoon that would ultimately change her life. There is a lot to enjoy about Mira Nair‘s new film “Queen of Katwe.” From the inspirational story […]

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Film Review: ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ Sings Despite Wonky Notes

How do you solve a problem like Florence? The easy answer, add Meryl Streep. The more complex answer, surround her with interesting co-stars and filmmakers. For as great as Meryl is, “Florence Foster Jenkins” once again illustrates how Streep’s game is raised when she is with the right people. On paper, the film sounds almost […]

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Film Review #2: The Revenant (★)

Read the first review of the “The Revenant” HERE! If there was an award for Endurance Test Film, I’m sure that The Revenant would be #1 with a bullet. However, putting your cast and audience through a lot does not a good movie make and The Revenant, as directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, is a […]

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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 attempt at surrealism. On the other hand, it is an, at times, incomprehensible mixture of memory and modern day that goes off the rails. The movie, […]

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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 screen and elevate even the weakest material. Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg are two actors how have within them this kind of charisma. Both are incredibly likable […]

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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 makings of being a franchise film. Does that excuse it from its faults? Probably not. The technical merits and strong acting carry the film with […]

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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 wonder and amazement in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back as the best science fiction film of all-time.  When the first trailers started to appear for Matt […]

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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 go deep into the characters, often find new avenues of bringing these stories to life. For that reason, it’s probably not […]

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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 waiting is a bad thing mind you. In fact it’s the anticipation of what might be said next or revealed visually 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 in competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival. That beauty stands in such opposition with the hard manual labor the subjects that are the center of the doc […]