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Film Review: “Blinded by the Light” Is a Syrupy Sweet Tribute to the Boss

Blinded by the Light (Gurinder Chadha) 2 out of 4 stars. Most can look back at their lives and pinpoint a time in which they had a sort of spiritual awakening through the discovery of some band or song. I … Continue reading

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Jay Berg’s AFI DOCS 2019 Top Five

The AFI DOCS documentary film festival (formerly AFI SILVERDOCS) rolls along with this, its 17th yearly edition.  However, there are definite signs that a significant downsizing, or even demise, could be the ultimate fate of this very important festival.  The most … Continue reading

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ONCE UPON A TIME…in HOLLYWOOD

Really? Not one moment of insight into what happened on Cielo Drive? Tarantino drank the Hollywood Kool-Aid. DiCaprio and Pitt get to hang out and do a lot of driving around. Does writer-director Quentin Tarantino know that the Tate-La Bianca … Continue reading

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Film Review: MAIDEN

Emotionally exhilarating. MAIDEN is a documentary about Tracy Edwards, the first woman to skipper a yacht with an all -female  crew in the Whitbread Around the World Ocean Race during the 1989 sailing season. MAIDEN is so fascinating that I … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Maiden” Proves Itself Brutal, Uplifting and Inspiring 

Maiden (Alex Holmes) 3 out of 4 stars. We’re living in an era of film that ushers in both the documentary as a genre and the experiences of women as narrative focal points. Alex Holmes’ Maiden sets out for both … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Stuber” is a Ride You Can Miss 

Stuber (Michael Dowse) 1 out of 4 stars. It turns out that some movies are only as good as their name. Take a look at this one, and you’ll know everything you need to know about the movie behind it. … Continue reading

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Film Review: MIDSOMMAR

A stunning, unexpected nightmare for a group of grad students without a clue. Doesn’t leave much room for sympathy for the victims. It’s a clever film worth seeing twice. Director-screenwriter Ari Aster’s HEREDITARY (2018) was certified a hit with critics … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Midsommar” Finds Darkness in Daylight

Midsommar (Ari Aster) 3½ out of 4 stars. How can man evaluate another’s brutality? This is the question Ari Aster challenges in the follow-up to his 2018 sensation, Hereditary. In this breakup tale with the dressings of disturbing absurdity, Aster … Continue reading

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Film Review: THE DEAD DON’T DIE

There was no script, the cast was comatose and sitting through it was agony. Focus Features spent all the money on theater standees. With the cast and the hallowed Jim Jarmusch writing and directing (STRANGER THAN PARADISE, which everyone refers … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Booksmart” Gets an A from Me

Booksmart (Olivia Wilde) 3½ out of 4 stars. Among the line of popular coming of age stories that have been circulating through our cinemas over the last few years, Booksmart stands out for its playfully raunchy approach of redefining what … Continue reading

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