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Film Review: Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$ – ***1/2 out of **** Director –writer-composer Geremy Jasper got help for his debut feature film, Patti Cake$, from the Sundance Institute’s director and screenwriter labs. A life long music freak he wrote the catchy tunes that populate the … Continue reading

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Book Shelf 2017: The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking

The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING By Dan Mirvish Routledge/Taylor & Francis A Focal Press Book New York 2017    Learning how to produce ultra-low-budget feature films is a demanding and complicated task. Even earning a bachelor’s degree in Film, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets

Valerian and The City Of A Thousand Planets – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Director/auteur Luc Besson’s oeuvre (“The Fifth Element”, “Lucy”) has no room for the intellectual traditions of French cinema. He once said: “Cinema is not a medicine to save … Continue reading

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Film Review: Wish Upon

WISH UPON – 1½ (out of four stars) When I first heard of this movie I thought it was a Disney movie remake of Pinocchio “when you wish upon a star” sung by Geppetto. Make sense, right? Not! Believe it or not, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Baby Driver

Baby Driver – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Directed by Edgar Wright, the filmmaker known for “Scott Pilgrim” and the cult comedy trifecta of “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End”, has finally perfected his style to the point … Continue reading

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Film Review: 47 Meters Down

47 Meters Down **1/2 What better franchise to bring back from the depths of the ocean than a version of “Jaws”-the first $100 million dollar blockbuster? The Weinstein brothers smell blood on the water and make a fast track summer pic … Continue reading

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Film Review: Megan Leavy

MEGAN LEAVY  – 3 (out of 4 Stars) I must admit, when I first heard about this movie I wasn’t very excited about seeing it. The synopsis that I received really didn’t seem too exciting for me. Based on a true … Continue reading

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Film Review – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

The money is on the screen, Captain Jack is still a drunk and Bardem creates another infamous villain. Jack is not gay anymore. Long ago, when Johnny Depp was filming PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL … Continue reading

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Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 – **1/2 OUT OF 4 “The first Guardians movie is about becoming a family, and this one is about being a family,” says writer/director James Gunn, who, in a calculated way, claims sole writing credit … Continue reading

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Film Review: Free Fire

The ultimate shoot-out with highly original characters. Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE is for people who appreciate innovative filmmaking and do not require a step-by-step traditional set-up, explaining who everyone is, their hopes and dreams for a better tomorrow and their … Continue reading

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