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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: 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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Interview with Director Richard Ladkani of “Sea of Shadows”

I saw director Richard Ladkani’s gripping investigative documentary Sea of Shadows at the 2019 AFI DOCS, and though I couldn’t interview him there, I was just recently able to talk to him on the phone (Film Festival Today founder Jeremy Taylor … Continue reading

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Sundance 2019 – Film Review: SEA OF SHADOWS

Sea of Shadows (Richard Ladkani, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Wow. I’ve never started a film review off with a “wow,” but Sea of Shadows definitely deserves one, because it was by far the best documentary that I saw at this past … Continue reading

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Interview with Director Todd Douglas Miller of “Apollo 11”

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, I interviewed director Todd Douglas Miller by phone to discuss his exciting new documentary Apollo 11, edited entirely from archival film footage – some of it shot on 65mm and 70mm film – of the eponymous NASA … Continue reading

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Film Review: If “Birds of Passage” Doesn’t Quite Soar, It Mostly Gets Well off the Ground

Birds of Passage (“Pájaros de verano”) (Cristina Gallego/Ciro Guerra, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. “Based on true events” reads a title card at the beginning of Birds of Passage, a new drug-war epic, set among the Wayúu people of … Continue reading

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Sundance 2019 – Film Review: Midnight Family Finds Humanity Amongst Chaos

Midnight Family (Luke Lorentzen) 3½ out of 4 stars A teenage boy makes late night phone calls to his girlfriend after a long night at work. He tells her about his job. It seems very ordinary until he starts describing … Continue reading

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Sundance 2019 – Film Review: The Fresh and Poignant Perspective of MS. PURPLE    

Ms. Purple (Justin Chon) 3 out of 4 stars Kasie is split between two worlds: caretaker of her father by day and karaoke bar doumi by night. Her life revolves around helping the men around her, whether it be changing … Continue reading

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Film Review: Both Smart and Silly, “Velvet Buzzsaw” Entertains with Horror/Satire Mix

Velvet Buzzsaw (Dan Gilroy, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Documentarian Nathaniel Kahn’s The Price of Everything came out this past fall, and in it the director explores the outrageous sums involved in buying and selling art in today’s market. How value … Continue reading

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