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Film Review: “Paradise Hills” Looks Like Heaven, Reads Like Limbo

Paradise Hills (Alice Waddington, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Filled with impressive production design, Paradise Hills, from director Alice Waddington (making her feature debut), is also rife with narrative muddle. Characters change motivations without reason, the big third-act reveal … Continue reading

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Film Review: Strong Performances Buoy Flawed but Fascinating “Bird Box”

Bird Box (Susanne Bier, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. What an interesting year for the post-apocalyptic senses! First there was A Quiet Place, in which the slightest sound could potentially bring on disaster, forcing people into near-mute silence. Now comes … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Dumplin’,” the (Plus-Size) Outsiders Triumph

Dumplin’ (Anne Fletcher, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. A mostly sweet, if sometimes saccharine, coming-of-age tale of self-actualization that takes a firm stand against monolithic views of body image, Dumplin’, out on Netflix starting December 7, goes down easy, its … Continue reading

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Film Review: Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$ – ***1/2 out of **** Director –writer-composer Geremy Jasper got help for his debut feature film, Patti Cake$, from the Sundance Institute’s director and screenwriter labs. A life long music freak he wrote the catchy tunes that populate the … Continue reading

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