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Movie Review: Don’t Worry Darling

At the risk of intentionally avoiding the razmataz of behind-the-scenes shenanigans, it was hard not to take notice of the "Don't Worry Darling" North American premiere at TIFF and not address it. Were the salacious rumors hitting the industry trades and tabloids more interesting than Olivia Wilde's second film? No. It turns out that the [...]

By |2022-09-23T11:18:48-07:00September 23rd, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: Railway Children

Movies have an ineffable way of connecting us to the characters on screen, the themes, and the stories that play out. A film can be timeless just as it can remind us of time. Waxing poetically about the film does not address all that film can do. In its affecting ways, film reminds us of [...]

By |2022-09-23T10:50:05-07:00September 23rd, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “The Woman King”

Commitment to characters and stories about our collective history has fueled films for generations. Covered less often are stories about the tribal nature of Africa and its peoples, the customs, and the traditions for better or worse. Bringing these stories into the light is far more critical in an enlightened age such as we live [...]

By |2022-09-19T09:59:27-07:00September 19th, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “See How They Run”

I don't know about you, but I like an intense "who-done-it" mystery, the type of story where we have the main character actively trying to solve a vicious murder and for what end. Even though the proceedings are dramatic, a modern “who-done-it” is couched in a comedic genre, allowing ease with which we can familiarize [...]

By |2022-09-16T18:17:53-07:00September 16th, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Pearl”

Thinking objectively about a pearl, one is inclined to think about decadence and luxuriousness. It is slowly formed due to grains of sand grating on the inner lining of an oyster shell, taking a tremendous amount of time to develop, drawing attention, sometimes unnecessarily, and costing a small fortune to obtain. Applying that logic to [...]

By |2022-09-16T17:54:27-07:00September 16th, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Barbarian”

If you've been reading my reviews for any length of time or talked with me, you'll doubtless be aware that I grew up without seeing much in the way of Horror films. As I've gotten older, I've found myself drawn into them, and we've had plenty in 2022 already. They're imaginative and inventive in ways [...]

By |2022-09-08T21:42:55-07:00September 9th, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.”

Summers in Phoenix can be downright sweltering. Yet, 2022 has been unusually temperate. And on the day of the “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.” screening, the temperatures had climbed into the triple digits, and nerves were frayed. Did that stop us from seeking redemption upon that greatest of cinematic cathedrals? No. You might be [...]

By |2022-09-02T21:47:28-07:00September 2nd, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’

Imagine, if you will and for just a moment, that you were in Turkey, set to lecture an audience, when suddenly you're accosted by a stout, ungainly creature, staring at you as if you are a key to unfolding a universe you're unaware. Beginning in this fashion is how George Miller's Three Thousand Years of [...]

By |2022-08-26T15:27:24-07:00August 26th, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘Trying’: Phoenix Press Day With Stars Rafe Spall and Esther Smith

"We're not trying to be the Nuclear Family 2.4," actor Rafe Spall, star of Apple TV's "Trying," states. He and co-star Esther Smith recently sat down with Phoenix-area press members as a part of the duo's tour, promoting the third season of their humorous television show. The premise is that Jason (Spall) and Nikki (Smith) [...]

By |2022-08-24T09:22:51-07:00August 24th, 2022|Interviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Beast”

Investigate, isolate, determine a course of action, and cure. These are tenets upon which medical science treats patients. Being in survival mode for these past three years (we're still in its throes if we're honest with ourselves), our fight or flight reaction, that adrenaline has kept us on edge. Frankly, we're tired; we aim to [...]

By |2022-08-19T00:00:49-07:00August 18th, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments