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Film Review: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (★★★½)

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As many of you know, there are three versions of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby that exist. You've probably read my review of The...

Maleficent (★★)

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Boy is this ever good money thrown after meh. Visually lush for the most part but narratively boring, Maleficent is probably the least interesting...

Starlet (*½)

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When it comes to awkwardness, there's a fine line between endearing and uncomfortable, with a delicate balance being hard to come by.  Sean Baker's...

AFI Fest Film Review: ‘Her Smell’ Reeks Of Overcooked Pretension

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2018 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: Alex Ross Perry's “Her Smell” is unrelenting in its depiction of a fictional punk star's imminent “rock bottom.” The inevitable...

The Rum Diary (**½)

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Sporadically entertaining but wildly uneven, ‘The Rum Diary’ doesn't live up to the hype by never being nearly as out there as it seems...

Film Fest 919 Review: ‘And Then We Danced’ Has Plenty of Heart

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Film Fest 919: Dancing can mean so much. For some, it's an expression of personality. For others, it's a release from stress. In certain...

Film Review: ‘Peterloo’ Looks at History with Mike Leigh’s Visual Sensations

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The British may have defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, but all was not well back home. In the years that followed, unrest...

NYFF Film Review: The Lobster (★★★★)

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It took some time to let Yorgos Lanthimos' new film "The Lobster" settle into my mind.  On the surface is a dark comedy, full...

AFI Film Review: ‘Foxtrot’ Pays Off With a Bold Storytelling Approach

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2017 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: Who names a war film after a popular dance move? If that proves anything, it’s that the film “Foxtrot” is...

LA Film Festival Review: “Beyond the Gates” is where nostalgia effectively slays

There are some genres of films that get me instantly excited. Horror comedies just make my heart soar. It's where the tortured comedic souls...

AFI Festival: Out of the Furnace (★★★)

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With a cast of this caliber, you wouldn't expect anything but one of the greatest films of the year. Unfortunately, Out of the Furnace...

Obvious Child (★★★)

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Does anyone else think it’s weird that for all the reputation Hollywood has of being some radical leftist cesspool, their output so often appears...
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Middleburg Film Review: ‘La La Land’ Examines the Dark, Unforgiving Nature of Hollywood

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2016 MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL: It is extremely difficult to live up to any expectations, especially when they're set by yourself in your own psyche....

BFI London Film Festival – DAY 1 (Part 1)

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At last! The BFI London Film Festival 2012 has arrived. Since receiving press honours for the site last month I’ve been counting down the...

LA Film Festival Review: ’20 Weeks’ Tackles Heavy Topic With Clumsy Plotting

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 Few events in life are as simultaneously joyous and stressful as pregnancy. There's risk around every corner and doctor's visit, but in the end...

The Intouchables (***)

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A beautiful story based on a true story, The Intouchables (2012) is filled with laughter from the beginning until the end. Two people from...

NYFF: ‘Cemetery of Splendour’ kicks off the 53rd installment of the fest

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Greetings from the New York Film Festival folks! Well, technically the fest hasn't started officially yet, but press screenings of the titles begin well...

Film Review: Harmontown (★★★½)

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You may have to already be invested in Dan Harmon before approaching his documentary Harmontown. I discovered his NBC show Community during the season...

Melancholia (***½)

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Lars von Trier’s Melancholia is the anti-Tree of Life.  I am not the first, nor the smartest, and certainly not the highest-paid critic to...

Film Review: ‘The Kitchen’ Is an Imperfectly Entertaining Gangster Flick

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The Irish mob is under new leadership in Andrea Berloff's new gangster flick, "The Kitchen." Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss star as Kathy,...

Telluride Film Review: Adam Driver’s Amazing Year Continues with Scott Z. Burns’ ‘The Report’

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Telluride Film Festival: Writer and director Scott Z. Burns delivers a tightly drawn docudrama with "The Report," a film that premiered out of Sundance...

Film Review: The Interview (★★★)

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The film North Korea doesn't want you to see as well as the one that Sony Pictures and theater chains across the country literally...

Film Review: ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Is a Vanity Project Sending a Terrible...

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The importance of minority filmmaking is at an all-time high. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag provided a spotlight onto a dark matter into an industry we...

Film Review: The Longest Ride (★★)

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Author Nicholas Sparks works with a very simple formula he regularly cashes in on, so long as people remember he wrote The Notebook (never mind the fact...

Film Review: Trainwreck (★★★½)

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The comedic brilliance of female actresses is no secret to the industry.  People like Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, even veterans like Lily Tomlin and...

Film Review: The Connection (★★½)

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There's an inherent fascination watching how a different country presents a series of events, righting the wrongs or emphasizing a particular level of victimhood....

Jamie Marks is Dead (★★½)

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  Jamie Marks is Dead is a very interesting animal. Being interesting, however, can be both a good thing and a bad thing.  Indeed, this...

NYFF Film Review: “Personal Shopper” Is a Kristen Stewart Showstopper

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2016 New York Film Festival: At this point, it seems like a safe bet that Kristen Stewart is capable of making just about anything...

Film Review: ABC’s of Death 2 (★★½)

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There's something that I always think will be missing with an anthology series such as this. Much like with the first film (The ABC's...

Tribeca Film Review: Between Us (★★★½)

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The film festival circuit is a pretty standard place to come across relationship dramas, but that doesn't mean that you can't still find a...

Almost Christmas (★★★) – “All Is Bright”

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TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Phil Morrison blazed onto the scene with Junebug (2005) and managed to introduce the cinematic world to the blissful abilities with...

Quartet (***)

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AFI Festival: Shifting from acting shoes to directing shoes, Dustin Hoffman makes his directing debut with Quartet (2012), starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy...

AFI Fest Film Review: Susanne Bier’s ‘Bird Box’ Is an Intense, Family Focused Horror...

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The horror genre goes through phases, where certain tropes are in and others are out. In 2018, the family-focused horror/drama is in. Susanne Bier's...

LAFF 2013: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (***½)

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Black civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs is one of the most intelligent and energetic 97-year-old women to ever grace the screen. Every second...

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (*½)

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I don't know of a single person who was asking for a sequel to 'Silent Hill', but here we are anyway. True, that film...

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