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California Dreamin: LA LA LAND Film Review

By at December 14, 2016 | 10:56 pm | 0 Comment

California Dreamin: LA LA LAND Film Review

4 / 5 stars You don’t have to be a sentimental fool to appreciate La La Land, but it sure does help. Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash is quite fond of sentimentality and, for the most part, so are its characters. If you approach this spirited alt-take on the Hollywood musical with a skip in your step and a song in your heart, you’ll find a piece of more...

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Mastering the Game: THE PHENOM Film Review

By at November 7, 2016 | 10:26 pm | 3 Comments

Mastering the Game: THE PHENOM Film Review

4.5 / 5 stars Watching the first scene of The Phenom, I thought I was somehow in the middle of the film by mistake. The opening conversation between pro baseball pitcher Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) and his sports specialty shrink (Paul Giamatti) feels so natural, so in-progress, I momentarily questioned whether I was seeing the beginning of movie. I was, of course, more...

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Silent Running: HUSH Film Review

By at October 3, 2016 | 10:34 pm | 1 Comments

Silent Running: HUSH Film Review

3.5 / 5 stars The thriller Hush is more of a filmmaking exercise than anything else and, in this case, that’s not a bad thing. For much of the film’s lean running time, there are just two characters: a deaf woman living by herself in a home with no shades or curtains, and a murderous maniac just outside. He wants to kill her. She’s trying to figure out ways to more...

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Back in the DPRK: THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT Film Review

By at September 19, 2016 | 9:32 pm | 0 Comment

Back in the DPRK: THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT Film Review

3 / 5 stars Say what you will about the recently and ridiculously debated “death of film,” there’s no debate that the documentary is at an apex of sorts. From the near-flawless HBO library to the countless Netflix offerings (music and food a specialty), you can point a remote in any direction and likely hit a high-quality documentary. That’s raised the more...

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