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Film Review: “Fast Color” Offers Mostly Lovely Indie Sci-Fi

Fast Color (Julia Hart, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Though it suffers from some confused world-building, Julia Hart’s Fast Color remains, throughout, an engaging meditation on identity and empowerment. The film follows a trio of women – three generations of a single … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Teen Spirit” Delivers a Quick High and Long Low

Teen Spirit (Max Minghella, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars.  Actor Max Minghella’s directorial debut, Teen Spirit, deserves high marks for style, with its vibrant visuals and evocative editing. Unfortunately, the story the film tells is not up to the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Penguins” Is Soulless

Penguins (Alastair Fothergill/Jeff Wilson, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars.  Disneynature, a production arm within the larger Disney Studios, produces nature documentaries with an eye – according to its mission statement – to bringing the “world’s top nature filmmakers together to … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Little” Never Makes It Big

Little (Tina Gordon Chism, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Would that Little made a bigger splash. Instead, it sets its sights so low that when the comedy succeeds, it is almost in spite of the premise, rather than because of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Stockholm” Is Worth a Brief Visit, If Not a Long Stay

Stockholm (Robert Budreau, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars.  Based on the failed real-life 1973 bank robbery that led to the coining of the term “stockholm syndrome,” writer/director Robert Budreau’s Stockholm explores the strange psychological phenomenon of captives bonding with their captors. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Working Woman” Fights the Good Fight

Working Woman (“Isha Ovedet”) (Michal Aviad, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Israeli director Michal Aviad’s Working Woman explores the trials and tribulations of a married mother of three as she re-enters the workforce, hoping to earn much-needed money following her … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Five from Full Frame 2019

The 2019 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (its 22nd iteration) ran from April 4-7, in Durham, North Carolina. Sadly, I could not be there in person, but I was able to watch a number of a films remotely, and I here … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Pet Sematary” Misses the Mark

Pet Sematary (Kevin Kölsch/Dennis Widmyer, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. I have neither read Stephen King’s 1983 novel Pet Sematary, nor seen, in full, its first, 1989 movie adaptation. Since the latter is currently available to watch for free … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Shazam!” Ekes Out a Good Time

Shazam! (David F. Sandberg, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. A very silly combination of the 1988 movie Big and the broad strokes of the modern superhero mythos, Shazam! barely holds up to even the most basic narrative scrutiny, yet manages … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Public” Offers a Moving Lesson in Civil Disobedience

The Public (Emilio Estevez, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Given Emilio Estevez’s role in the 1985 touchstone film The Breakfast Club, it is perhaps appropriate that he sets The Public in a library. In that earlier movie, if you recall, … Continue reading

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