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Film Review: Magnificent “Midnight Family” Sheds Light on the Human Condition

Midnight Family (Luke Lorentzen, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Imagine a country with a terrible national health-care infrastructure and little regulation over the ways that desperate citizens seek to not only do business, but survive. No, it’s not the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “7 Days to Vegas” Is a High-Stakes Real-Life Gamble

7 Days to Vegas (Eric Balfour, 2019) If you do a quick Google search on the question “can you walk to Las Vegas?” you’ll be met with results spanning from walking from the airport to the Strip, among other reasonable … Continue reading

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Film Review: “White Snake” Is a Charming, Fantastical Chinese Adventure

White Snake (Amp Wong/Ji Zhao, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. I’m not one to typically watch Far Eastern animated films. I never got into anime, and I rarely catch animated films in the United States, to be frank. However, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops” Offers Hope for a Troubled World

Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops (Jenifer McShane, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Jenifer McShane’s new documentary Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops begins with the statistic that 1 in 5 Americans has a mental-health diagnosis. Then – bam! – we cut … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Marriage Story” Offers the Beautiful Catharsis of Divorce

Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. An alternately comedic and heartbreaking tale of divorce, Marriage Story begins with two passionate declarations of love, from each participant in the impending drama. Charlie (Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman) goes first, delivering … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Irishman” Is a Long Journey to Nowhere

The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. Based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 true-crime nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa, Martin Scorsese’s latest sprawling mob epic, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Powerful “Parasite” Offers Class Parable for Our Time

Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Parasite, from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer), is a film with, and about, many layers. A parable about the wages of capitalist sins masquerading as a story of a long … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Miss Virginia” Makes the Grade

Miss Virginia (R.J. Daniel Hanna, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. I am no stranger to the failures of the public school system. I grew up in Nevada, the state consistently making the bottom of the lists for education. I … Continue reading

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Film Review: “#FemalePleasure” Conquers Male Supremacy

#FemalePleasure (Barbara Miller, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. From director Barbara Miller (Forbidden Voices) comes a documentary profile of five women in five different countries who each, in her own way, confronts the patriarchal demands, of her respective culture, … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Dolemite Is My Name,” Eddie Murphy’s Got Game

Dolemite Is My Name (Craig Brewer, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Though Eddie Murphy has never stopped working since his explosion onto the media scene in the early 1980s, thanks to first Saturday Night Live and then hits like … Continue reading

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