Film Reviews

Film Review: Lynn Shelton’s “Sword of Trust” Cuts Only Skin Deep

Sword of Trust (Lynn Shelton, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Stand-up comedian and avid podcaster Marc Maron leads the cast of Lynn Shelton’s comedy of errors, Sword of Trust. When a couple, played by Michaela Watkins and Jillian Bell, find … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Farewell” Offers a Moving Cinematic Adieu

The Farewell (Lulu Wang, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A film that refuses to follow any genre conventions of drama or comedy, The Farewell tells the often charming, frequently heartbreaking tale of a family struggling with their aging matriarch’s terminal-cancer diagnosis. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Lion King” Roars with Shiny New Technology, Meows Through Same Old Story

The Lion King (Jon Favreau, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. A marvelous demonstration of the wonders of 21st-century computer-generated imagery (or CGI), Disney’s latest poaching from its own story vault is beautiful to behold, the wonders of modern animation … 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: Rambling “Summer Night” Offers Chill Vibes

Summer Night (Joseph Cross, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. An enjoyable enough, if rambling and slight, study of twentysomething ennui, director Joseph Cross’ Summer Night follows a group of thirteen friends over the course of one night (as per the movie’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Trespassers” Delivers with Terrific Tension

Trespassers (Orson Oblowitz, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Trespassers begins with a literal bang, opening with a brutally quick double execution of a couple at the hands of a masked man, showing viewers what they’re in for, right off … 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: “Deadsight” Is Unique but Underwhelming

Deadsight (Jesse Thomas Cook, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. The horror subgenre of zombie films all started in 1968 with the infamous blunder made by George Romero’s distributor for Night of the Living Dead. This gaffe involved forgetting to … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation”

Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (Barak Goodman/Jamila Ephron, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. In the early summer of 1969, a college buddy of mine stopped by and asked me if I was interested in joining him in August … Continue reading

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