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Film Review: “Ford v Ferrari” Crosses Finish Line with Pure Charm and Adrenaline

Ford v Ferrari (James Mangold, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. As the endless barrage of superhero movies continue to dominate the theaters during the summer months, James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari brings back the invigorating feeling of blockbusters of yesteryear in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Zellweger Brilliantly Incarnates “Judy” in All Her Miserable Glory

Judy (Rupert Goold, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Judy Garland (born Frances Gumm in 1922) led a not-so-long and very troubled life, during which time she wowed audiences with her incomparable singing, dancing and presence before becoming, in the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” Too Contrived for Its Iconic Star

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. There are things in life that are ridiculously overdue; things that have been kept from the general public for far too long. You and I … Continue reading

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Interview with Director Alyssa Bolsey and Cinematographer Camilo Lara of BEYOND THE BOLEX

I met with director Alyssa Bolsey and her cinematographer, Camilo Lara, at DOC NYC 2018 to discuss their collaboration on Beyond the Bolex (which I reviewed for Hammer to Nail). The documentary follows Bolsey as she investigates the life and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Rocketman” Powers Through Its Faults to a Rousing Finish

Rocketman (Dexter Fletcher, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. I went into Rocketman, the new biopic about Elton John, knowing little to nothing about the life of the man but loving much of his music. That said, it doesn’t take … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Stan & Ollie” Honors the Great Laurel & Hardy

Stan & Ollie (Jon S. Baird, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Stan Laurel (1890-1965, born Arthur Stanley Jefferson) and Oliver Hardy (1892-1957, born Norvell Hardy) were mildly popular performers in their own right when, in 1927, producer Hal Roach paired … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rami Malek Shines in the Unsurprising but Effective Queen Biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Bohemian Rhapsody (Bryan Singer, 2018) 2½ out 4 stars. Rami Malek, star of the hit show Mr. Robot, takes a hold of the daunting responsibility of portraying rock ‘n roll icon and frontman of legendary band Queen, Freddie Mercury, in Bryan Singer’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Marshall” Is a Travesty of Justice

Marshall (Reginald Hudlin, 2017) ½ out of 4 stars.  Attention, dear reader! Focus. Do you know who Thurgood Marshall was? Born in 1908, the grandson of a slave, he became one of the towering titans of 20th-century American jurisprudence. In … Continue reading

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