Film Review: JT LeRoy

Based on a true story, JT LeRoy offers a great hook and solid performances. For a story this interesting however, the film does lack vivacity.  Laura pens a bestselling novel under the pseudonym JT LeRoy. When she is asked to do publicity for the book, Laura enlists her sister-in-law Savannah to take on the imaginary persona… Directed by Justin Kelly, […]

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Film Review: Good Boys

Gene Stupnitsky’s directorial debut Good Boys is infectious in its silliness. Offering both heart and a lot of laughs, the comedy is very enjoyable.  Three sixth grade boys ditch school in order to save themselves from trouble. However, with teenage girls chasing them, a bag of drugs, and a party to get to, things are far from simple… Co-written with […]

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Film Review: Domino

Brian De Palma’s Domino is a curious little thriller. The narrative suggests a serious tone, which is contradicted by the style.  Detectives Christian and his long-time partner Lars attempt to apprehend a suspect, but something goes wrong. Christian wants revenge for his critically injured partner, but terrorists and the CIA have other ideas… Domino is a by-the-numbers thriller, focusing on […]

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Film Review: The Current War

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s The Current War is a well performed and visually pleasing historical drama. The film engages viewers throughout, building tension in an admirable way. In the late 19th century, the US is still lit by fire. Inventor Thomas Edison is certain his direct current system is the way to provide electric light to America. Entrepreneur George Westinghouse and his […]

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Film Review: Varda By Agnès

Legendary filmmaker Agnès Varda’s last film Varda By Agnès is just what admirers would expect from her. The film is a most fitting tribute to her career.  Filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist Agnès Varda looks back at her striking career. Ever the storyteller, Varda combines clips, unseen footage, and archive material to provide a fascinating insight into her world… Varda […]

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Film Review: The Dead Don’t Die

Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die is not quite as satisfying as the package suggests. Nevertheless, there is still plenty to enjoy.  Cliff is police chief of the small town of Centerville. When strange occurrences take place, Cliff and his officers try to figure out how to protect the town and its residents… Written and directed by Jim […]

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Film Review: Kursk: The Last Mission

Director Thomas Vinterberg’s Kursk: The Last Mission is a foreboding drama, which offers necessary tension. The film is an engaging watch. In 2000, the Russian Navy conducts an exercise. When something goes wrong, the Kursk submarine erupts in flames. The sailors fight for survival, hoping a rescue is coming… Directed by Vinterberg, Kursk: The Last Mission is Robert Rodat and […]

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Film Review: An Acceptable Loss

Writer-director Joe Chappelle’s An Acceptable Loss is an usually flat political thriller. Despite good performances and a decent premise, the film fails to engross viewers. When Libby becomes a guest lecturer at a top university, there is controversy about her appointment. Libby was a former aide to the Vice President at the time of a controversial action. Meanwhile, a student […]

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Film Review: Destination Wedding

Writer-director Victor Levin’s two-hander relies on the charisma of its protagonists. Destination Wedding works rather well for the most part.  Lindsay is reluctantly attending a destination wedding. She gets talking to Frank, who is equally miserable to be there. Together, they attempt to survive the weekend… Writer and director Victor Levin has created something a little unusual with Destination Wedding. […]

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Film Review: Support The Girls

Writer-director Andrew Bujalski Support The Girls is a slice of life drama. The film’s endearing protagonist wins out, despite a few shortcomings.  Lisa is the manager of a Hooters-style sports bar. Over the course of the day, she is tested to her limits by her staff, her customers, and the owner… The action in Support The Girls takes place predominantly […]

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