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Arizona Filmmaker Showcase May: Film festival rewind

The May Arizona Filmmaker Showcase presented three films that had previously screened at the Phoenix Film Festival in April, along with two other films that were screened only the night before at the Short Shorts with Short Leash outdoor film festival. The Amazing Mortimer – Directed by Phil Wilson Old ventriloquist Mortimer (Greg Joseph) entertains an audience [...]

By |July 16th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “War for the Planet of the Apes”

It’s rare that the sequel of a remake of a franchise that started in the 60’s could be considered as one of the year’s best films, but writer/director Matt Reeves has done just that with the emotionally charged “War for the Planet of the Apes.”    Five years after the climactic battle in “Dawn of [...]

By |July 14th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Maudie”

“Maudie” – “I’ll get a job or something.” – Maud Lewis Maud (Sally Hawkins) is soft spoken, pleasant and kind, and for fun, she spends an occasional evening at a club, enjoying a drink and dancing by herself.  One night at the aforementioned club, she soaks up laughter and music but without socializing or speaking [...]

By |June 30th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Despicable Me 3”

It's been quite a ride with the Despicable Me films. It has turned into a billion dollar franchise that just doesn't know how to fail at the box office, despite the varying quality of the filmmaking. I personally liked the first one with its clever premise and great voice acting. The second was just OK, [...]

By |June 30th, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Baby Driver”

From the moment the first guitar chords strike you know “Baby Driver” is going to take you on a unique ride.  Edgar Wright has not crafted just another movie, not just another heist film, but created what has as much in common with a full blown dance musical as it does with a standard action [...]

By |June 27th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “The Beguiled” (2017)

Two idioms repeatedly pop into mind when watching Sofia Coppola’s 2017 remake of “The Beguiled.”  “A fox in the henhouse” and “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” neatly encapsulate the atmosphere within this tense drama set near the end of the Civil War.   Colin Farrell plays John McBurney, an injured Yankee soldier [...]

By |June 22nd, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Transformers: The Last Knight”

I don’t even know where to start.   If you are looking forward to this movie, then you’ll be happy to know that it is a notable improvement over the previous Transformers movie.  “Age of Extinction” was almost universally disliked by both critics AND audience members but somehow still managed to gross over a billion [...]

By |June 21st, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “The Hero”

“The Hero” - “Lone Star Barbeque Sauce, the perfect partner for your chicken.”- Lee Hayden “You seem sad.” – Charlotte, speaking to Lee Sam Elliott is enjoying a busy and celebrated television and film career, spanning 48 years and counting.  He has starred in very memorable supporting roles over the years, including “Mask” (1985), “Road [...]

By |June 16th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “The Mummy” (2017)

Having a cinematic universe is the latest fad in Hollywood.  Apparently, a studio isn’t relevant unless they have a full “universe” of films slated for the upcoming decade(s).  It’s incredibly pretentious to lay claim to a full universe with the first film that exists within it, and yet, that’s exactly what Universal does in the [...]

By |June 7th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Review: “Churchill”

“Churchill” – Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) reverberates in the halls of cinematic history as one of the greatest war films ever made.   It effectively pays homage to soldiers - any soldiers – who risk their lives on the battlefield through the personal story of Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks).  Capt. Miller’s journey to [...]

By |June 2nd, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments