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    Film Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Concludes With Heart and Standout Turns from Hemsworth, Renner, Gillan

    This is a spoiler-free review of the latest film “Avengers: Endgame.” The culmination of superheroes, villains, infinity stones, and quips all come to together in Anthony and Joe Russo’s epic saga “Avengers: Endgame.”  Accentuating all the character’s greatest strengths and moral connections, the film graduates into a grand finale that will have fans and comic […] More

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    Best of 2018: Personal Ballot and Winners of the Year

    Every year I keep track of every film I see that belongs to the corresponding year in which it’s released.  It’s an evolving list that changes as the years go by.  Even when I publish my Top 10 films in spaces such as this, if you go into this never-ending document, you’ll see many differences. […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Sizzles with Josie Rourke’s Fiery Directorial Debut

    In a wicked display of tension and percolating drama, Josie Rourke‘s smartly effective and intoxicating “Mary Queen of Scots” showcases two grandiose performances from Academy Award nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. With a sumptuous backdrop of beautiful productions and stunning costumes, the film makes the most of its subconscious outlook on women’s roles in […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: ‘Private Life’ Charms with Kathryn Hahn Magnetizing

    2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Tamara Jenkins highlights the use of awkwardness as a compelling narrative tool with her richly felt “Private Life.” Handling serious material in a humorous yet profound practice, Jenkins lifts the viewer to a cast of whimsical players including an always reliable Paul Giamatti, a heartfelt Kathryn Hahn, and a breakout […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Is a Thematically Charged Anthology Showcasing Tim Blake Nelson

    2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: In the offbeat, quirky nature of all Coen Brothers outings, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” has the life and energy we’ve come to love from the writing/directing duo.  Saturated with comical beats and heavenly production values, the film manifests its own identity, standing out in a year full of impressive […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: ‘The Favourite’ Has Bite Thanks To Olivia Colman’s Menacing Performance

    2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Yorgos Lanthimos shocked the cinematic world with his darkly comedic film “The Lobster” in 2015 before turning some heads in 2017 with “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.”  His signature deadpan deliveries and uniquely rich directions are on full display with his new period piece “The Favourite.”  Showing no remorse […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ is a Curiosity for a Particular Kind of Cinephile

    2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Admitting that the feeling of being able to say to the nearest cinephile that you just saw the newest Orson Welles movie in 2018 plays heavily into watching “The Other Side of the Wind” is an understatement.  Decades have passed since the height of the writer/director’s time, and the possibility […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Colette’ Finds Success in Its Production Elements and Keira Knightley’s Best Turn in Over a Decade

    In an era where a woman’s voice is finally being heard, Wash Westmoreland‘s luscious and stimulating “Colette” presents itself as a timely piece of cinema featuring Keira Knightley‘s best performance since “Pride and Prejudice” and a career-best turn from Dominic West.  With gorgeous sets and costumes in tow, “Colette” is a pleasant though familiar work of […] More

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    TIFF Film Review: ‘Widows’ Is a Bold, Taut Thriller Featuring One of the Year’s Best Ensembles

    2018 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The enigma of trust and loyalty is on full display with Steve McQueen’s fragrantly luscious new film “Widows.”  Boasting an all-star cast that’s led by the talents of Academy Award winner Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, and Elizabeth Debicki, the film captures a snapshot of the human condition when survival and […] More

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