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Jay Berg’s AFI DOCS 2018 Top Five

The 16th yearly edition of the AFI DOCS documentary film festival (formerly AFI SILVERDOCS) continued its excellent tradition first established in 2003 when the event was primarily anchored in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Now splitting its screenings between there and the main hub … Continue reading

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Jay Berg’s AFI DOCS 2017 Top Five

2017 marks the fifteenth year of this distinguished documentary film festival.  What began in 2003 as “AFI Silverdocs” transitioned to “AFI DOCS” in 2013 when the main hub relocated from Silver Spring, Maryland to Washington D.C.  American Film Institute (AFI) … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

There should be nominations and awards for all involved – Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Screenplay and Cinematography. Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) was a mega-movie star twenty years ago playing a costumed superhero, similar to the early … Continue reading

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Film Review: “John Wick”

The brilliant frontrunner of the genre. Hail the return of Reeves back on top in this exciting “kill-them-all” aria. The soundtrack is fantastic. Keanu, stay with this franchise and away from romantic movies. I’ve seen this scenario in over a … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Fury”

Director-writer David Ayer (“Training Day”,”End of Watch”) depicts the last days of World War II with precision and exacting skill. It is a good, solid film… Continue reading

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Film Review: “Dracula Untold”

Luke Evans puts sexual energy and masculinity into the legend. It’s dark, moody and I’m ready for the sequel. Finally, we have returned to the vampire as a man not some woozy man-child with a dream. Albeit, the first Dracula, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Kill The Messenger”

It’s his Watergate. He has a “Deep Throat”. Terrific thriller with a great performance by Renner but fails to bring the family’s lives to life. KILL THE MESSENGER is based on the life of San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Gone Girl”

I’m not a fiction reader – I’m “reading” Max Tegmark’s Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality (it’s not a beach read) – but the hosannas for Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl were hard to ignore. I … Continue reading

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Film Review: “A Good Marriage”

This is the first feature film screenplay Stephen King has adapted from one of his works in 25 years. The last one was PET SEMATARY in 1989. King’s screenplay for A GOOD MARRIAGE is from his short story “A Good … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Love Is Strange”

In the 1980s I lived in the West Village in a duplex on Bank Street. I know New York City. Ira Sachs, the director and co-writer (with Mauricio Zacharias) of LOVE IS STRANGE couldn’t possibly live in New York. Ben … Continue reading

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