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Film Review: “Plus One” Offers a Fresh Take on the Rom-Com

Plus One (Jeff Chan/Andrew Rhymer, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. Anyone worried about the state of romantic comedies should take heart at the release of Plus One, a delightful concoction from writer-directors Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer, making their … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Dead Don’t Die” but They Do Get Old

The Dead Don’t Die (Jim Jarmusch, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Jim Jarmusch’s latest oddball of a film, The Dead Don’t Die, features the director’s trademark nonchalance and idiosyncratic dialogue, as well as something new (for him): zombies. It’s … Continue reading

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Father/Daughter Film Report: GRAPEVINE FILM FESTIVAL

One Millennial.  One Baby Boomer. Two totally different perspectives. Perspectives that cross not only generations – but styles, tastes, passions, interests, and impressions. The duo offers you impressions of not just  films, but of the film makers, film festivals, new trends  … Continue reading

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Film Review: “First to the Moon” Is Yet Another Great Tribute to NASA’s Heyday

First to the Moon (Paul J. Hildebrandt, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. What a marvelous cinematic year it has been for America’s once-great space program! Since October, 2018. we have seen four films about two Apollo missions, #8 and … Continue reading

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Father/Daughter Film Report – DEEP in the HEART Film Festival

One Millennial.  One Baby Boomer. Two totally different perspectives. Perspectives that cross not only generations – but styles, tastes, passions, interests, and impressions. The duo offers you impressions of not just  films, but of the film makers, film festivals, new trends  … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Bisbee ‘17“ Brilliantly Blends Past and Present

Bisbee ‘17 (Robert Greene, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. On July 12, 1917, over one thousand men were forcefully gathered together at gunpoint in Bisbee, Arizona, herded onto freight-train boxcars and deported to a deserted part of New Mexico, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Non-Fiction” Offers Brilliant Cinematic Fiction

Non-Fiction (“Doubles vies”) (Olivier Assayas, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Though I have not seen the entirety of French director Olivier Assayas’ œuvre, I have watched enough to recognize his recurring obsession with duality and doppelgängers (figurative and real). … Continue reading

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Showtime Docuseries Review: “Action“ Offers a Glimpse of Gambling Heaven and Hell

Action (Luke Korem, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. From director Luke Korem (Dealt) comes a new four-part docuseries, airing now on Showtime, about sports gambling, entitled Action. Following a varied group of subjects, Korem dives into the risks and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Walking on Water” Floats Above the Ordinary Troubles of the World

Walking on Water (Andrey Paounov, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. For over 50 years, romantic and artistic partners Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat, he Bulgarian, she French – known collectively as Christo and Jeanne-Claude – wowed the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Dogman” Is Best When It Barks

Dogman (Matteo Garrone, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. The best part of Matteo Garrone’s Dogman are the moments of pure behavioral acting, especially in the scenes between actor Marcello Fonte (L’intrusa) and his canine charges. Fonte plays the eponymous Marcello, … Continue reading

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