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Review: “The Comedian”

“The Comedian” – Although Robert De Niro is known for starring in gritty dramas, he is not a complete stranger to comedies with “Midnight Run” (1988), “Wag the Dog” (1997), “Analyze This” (1999), and “Meet the Parents” (2000) proudly standing on his resume.   He also famously played an unforgettable stand-up comic named Rupert Pupkin – [...]

By |February 3rd, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Toni Erdmann”

“Toni Erdmann” – “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.” – Euripides Winfried (Peter Simonischek) is a piano teacher.  With a rumpled wardrobe and a full mop of silver hair, this 60-something gives lessons in his home and plays the black and white keys for recitals at a local school.  During [...]

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

Review: “Neruda”

“Neruda” – How do you make a film about a complex, iconic and larger-than-life figure and successfully illustrate him or her into an effective and satisfying two-hour film experience?  The short answer is: not very easily.  Director Pablo Larrain, however, has marvelously accomplished this feat twice within the last year. Larrain, who is from Chile, [...]

By |January 20th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘A Million Happy Nows’ – A thousand tears later

Daytime Emmy winning actress Lainey Allen (Crystal Chappell) is feeling the strain of maintaining her long running soap opera. Keeping up with her young co-stars cranks the frustration up a few degrees, and now she is finding it much more difficult to remember her lines. After 20 years as a daytime soap star, Lainey decides [...]

By |January 14th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Review: “20th Century Women”

“20th Century Women” – In 2011, writer/director Mike Mills offered a heartfelt, personal tale about his relationship with his father in “Beginners”, starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.  Mills’ parents were married for over 40 years, but when his mother died, his father – in his 70s – [...]

By |January 13th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Julieta”

“Julieta” – “A family is a mystery.” – Sharon Olds The latest film from acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar offers up a contemporary mystery, although “Julieta” is not a whodunit.  There are no criminal acts or terribly nefarious moves found anywhere within its 99-minute runtime.  The picture, instead, examines a portrait of a family.  A family [...]

By |January 13th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Monster Trucks”

Last year when the trailer was released for Monster Trucks, I was kind of blown away.  Not because it was a great trailer, but because the concept was so bizarre and that they seemed to be earnest about the concept.  I had a lot of questions, like "how was this film greenlit?" and "how can this movie [...]

By |January 12th, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Things to Come”

“Things to Come” – “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon “An object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”  - Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion For Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert), a published, high school [...]

By |January 6th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: “A Monster Calls”

A Monster Calls is a film that asks the question: how do we deal with the conflicting emotions that we experience when we're grieving?  This inspiring and heartbreaking tale comes across as dark, and in some ways it is.  However, it is ultimately very cathartic and teaches a refreshing lesson in self-honesty. Here's the synopsis: 12-year-old Conor, [...]

By |January 5th, 2017|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

A Night of Misfit Films – Rejected reels take their last gasp at new film festival

A Night of Misfit Films presented an intentionally odd assortment of films selected by festival creator and host Dineta Williams-Trigg. The films consisted of the ignominious incarnations of several local and otherwise out of town filmmakers that had (according to the filmmakers) been rejected by every film festival they submitted them to; films so ponderous in [...]

By |December 30th, 2016|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments