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Sunshine State of Mind: THE FLORIDA PROJECT Film Review

By at October 24, 2017 | 10:10 am | 0 Comment

Sunshine State of Mind: THE FLORIDA PROJECT Film Review

4.5 / 5 stars It takes a few moments to get acclimated to the beginning of The Florida Project, moments that are both confusing and utterly delightful. The camera angles are low. The dialogue is loud and unintelligible. There’s some sort of excitement going on, but we’re not sure why. This is how street-savvy DIY filmmaker Sean Baker introduces a group of grade more...

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The 10 Best Films of 2016 and Where to Find Them

By at January 2, 2017 | 1:37 pm | 0 Comment

The 10 Best Films of 2016 and Where to Find Them

Over the 17 years I've been reviewing films and compiling Top Ten lists, I've never had trouble identifying my favorite film of the year. Until 2016. Perhaps it was the persistent haze hovering over a painfully strange year in culture and beyond, but no movie pushed its way to the fore of my brain. That doesn't mean my top choice for 2016 isn't as worthy as other No. 1s 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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