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    Telluride Review: ‘Hostiles’ Emerges as a Deeply Affecting Western from Scott Cooper

    2017 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Late on a brisk Saturday evening – following a taxing four-film day – press, patrons, and otherwise huddled in line to check out Scott Cooper‘s (“Crazy Heart”) latest film, “Hostiles” – a yet undistributed Western starring Academy Award Winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”). While I had been excited to see the […] More

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    Telluride Review: ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Is a Triumph with Emma Stone Topping Her Oscar Win

    2017 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: What a fantastic opportunity to see the world premiere of Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton‘s “Battle of the Sexes” – based on the true story of the 1973 tennis match between the number one ranked female tennis champion, Billie Jean King, and ex-champ and serial gambler, Bobby Riggs – with the legendary […] More

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    Telluride Review: ‘Darkest Hour’ Launches Gary Oldman’s Oscar Bid

    2017 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: If you go back to the earliest set of Oscar predictions, Gary Oldman has been declared the frontrunner for the Lead Actor Oscar.  We’re glad to report, the wily veteran actor has officially kicked off Oscar season with his metamorphic performance in Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” – which made its World […] More

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    Telluride Review: ‘Downsizing’ Succeeds from the Scene-Stealing Hong Chau

    2017 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Alexander Payne’s long-awaited film, “Downsizing,” has premiered to mixed reactions at Venice, and has now done the same here in Telluride. Co-written alongside Jim Taylor, with whom co-wrote “Sideways,” “About Schmidt,” and “Election”  with Payne, “Downsizing” stars Matt Damon as Paul Safranek, a humble occupational therapist looking to make a difference […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Kill Me Please’ Is as Confused as its Restless Teens

    At once lurid and aloof, “Kill Me Please” is a truly puzzling film. A debut feature by Brazilian director Anita Rocha da Silveira, this genre mashup takes a simple horror premise and takes it to unexpected places. But while its varied themes and styles are ambitious, the film never fully coheres to pique audience interest. […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Beach Rats’ Marries Toxic Character With Cool Cinematography

    If there is one thing independent cinema prides itself on, its authenticity. Artists operate outside of the traditional mainstream studio structure in order to tell stories that feel more personal, raw and unfiltered. Often times this raw, uncompromising storytelling, choice elicits much critical praise and admiration from the few that discover the film. However, is […] More

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    Film Review: Justin Chon’s ‘Gook’ Is a Timely, Impressive Urban Drama

    As decent Americans look on aghast after another incident of racially motivated violence in Charlottesville, films like “Gook” remain incredibly timely. Starring, written, and directed by Justin Chon, this drama relives the tense atmosphere of South Central Los Angeles in the wake of the infamous Rodney King verdict. Crafted carefully around those real life events, […] More

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    Film Review: Crime Drama ‘The Nile Hilton Incident’ Is a Scathing Anti-Corruption Statement

    Corruption is a disease that plagues societies all over the world, particularly when under the rule of a dictatorship. Such a regime forms the background for “The Nile Hilton Incident” a crime drama directed by Tarik Saleh. Set in pre-revolution Egypt in 2011, this Sundance winner is a scathing indictment of corruption, as uncovered in […] More

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    Film Review: ‘The Glass Castle’ Shows Larson and Harrelson at the Top of Their Game

    Destin Daniel Cretton captured the eyes of movie lovers everywhere with his début film “Short Term 12.”  Delivering star Brie Larson to our lives, the film was a monumental achievement and had all of us ready for whatever he chose to give us next.  That time has come with his adaptation of Jeannette Wall’s best-selling […] More

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