Hannah Tran

Film Review: “End of the Century” Offers a Moving Portrait of Memory

End of the Century (“Fin de siglo”) (Lucio Castro, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. We’ve seen this story before. Two characters meet by chance while on a getaway in a European city and end up passing time there with … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Midway” Is Only Midway to Entertaining

Midway (Roland Emmerich, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. For a film about bravery, the latest entry into disaster virtuoso Roland Emmerich’s blockbuster-riddled lineup proves itself spineless. Depicting the events of its titular World War II battle and the events … Continue reading

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Interview with Director R.J. Daniel Hanna of “Miss Virginia”

I was recently delighted to sit down with director R.J. Daniel Hanna, whose inspirational debut film, Miss Virginia (which I also reviewed), is out on digital and on-demand and in select theatres on October 18th. Miss Virginia stars Orange Is the New … 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: “Abominable” Is Anything But

Abominable (Jill Culton, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Dreamwork’s Abominable is just the latest in a string of films to focus on Asian-centered storylines and characters, as well as the latest in a string of films to focus on Yeti-adjacent … Continue reading

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Film Review: “This Is Not Berlin” Is Fascinating and Futile

This Is Not Berlin (“Esto no es Berlín”) (Hari Sama) 2 out of 4 stars. What doesn’t sound interesting about a movie detailing the queer art scene of 1980’s Mexico City? I, for one, was all in. Unfortunately, despite centering … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Blinded by the Light” Is a Syrupy Sweet Tribute to the Boss

Blinded by the Light (Gurinder Chadha) 2 out of 4 stars. Most can look back at their lives and pinpoint a time in which they had a sort of spiritual awakening through the discovery of some band or song. I … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fast & Furious Presents … a Massive Headache

Hobbs & Shaw (David Leitch) 1 out of 4 stars. I mainly remember the way it felt. I remember looking up as the camera glanced down at a little set of red buttons that so simply read “NOS 1” and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Say Hello to the Emotional Powerhouse that is “The Farewell”

The Farewell (Lulu Wang) 3½ out of 4 stars. Writer-Director Lulu Wang doesn’t travel far from home in her second feature film, The Farewell. This poignant story of a Chinese-American girl named Billi struggling to come to terms with her … 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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