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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Films centering on teens dealing with terminal illnesses have come a long way in a relatively short time.  

Perspective — Not Paradise — is Lost in ‘Escobar’

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Earlier this year, in McFarland, USA (from director Niki Caro) —featuring Kevin Costner as Jim White, the reluctant yet devoted coach of a cross-country team in a small migrant community in California — we experienced life through the eyes and situation of White and his resilient all-American family.  

Promising British Sci-Fi Lands Stateside

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
In the not-so-distant future, artificial intelligence is created to help out those who created it — aka us, people.   

Life is Like a Box of Explosives

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I have to admit that sometimes, as a working critic, I love to read the buzz on films to get a sense of the general consensus.  

The Second Coming of ‘True Detective’

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
After a wildly successful debut season, the second iteration of crime-drama anthology True Detective (Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) is under a microscope.  

Dope

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Director Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood) has been rather quiet since Brown Sugar back in 2002, with only one other feature as a writer-director (2010’s Our Family Wedding) and a screenplay credit for Talk to Me in 2007.   

Inside Out

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
As a parent of two teenage daughters, I’m not sure I was ever all that convinced I needed to get a bird’s eye view inside the minds of teenage girls, but directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen provide a deft and loving glimpse into the life of a young girl named Riley.
  

The Elusive ‘Saint Laurent’

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
 “The Elusive Genius of Saint Laurent” would have fallen right in with our chosen acceptance of the narrative of the word “genius,” and I suppose it would have also matched the subject.   

Litchfield Lightens Up

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
After a heavy second season that had many viewers wondering if drama would be a more appropriate genre designation than comedy (particularly for television awards), the ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary look to lighten things up in Season Three.
  

Beyond the Mask

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The mask in question from feature debut screenwriter Paul McCusker and director Chad Burns (Pendragon: Sword of His Father) is one of identity.   

Live From New York!

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Celebrating 40 years of Saturday Night Live, this documentary from Vietnamese-American filmmaker Bao Nguyen (documentary shorts A Tree Falls in the Forest, Julian) focuses on the early years of the show.  

Jurassic World

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Executive producer Steven Spielberg helmed the first two installments in this gigantic franchise based on Michael Crichton’s books, but for the second time, his hands are off the reins (Joe Johnston directed Jurassic Park III in 2001), allowing someone else to take a crack at taming the genetically modified beasts at the dino theme park.  

‘The Connection’ Addresses the French Perspective

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The mere mention of The French Connection conjures images of William Friedkin’s prototypically gritty police thriller that set up the contrast between Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman), the emotionally troubled but doggedly determined cop, and Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey), the urbane European drug dealer — the smooth criminal, if there ever was one — supplying pure heroin to all of North America like a contemporary conglomerate ruling the international market.   

Tracking the Heavenly Sounds in Brian Wilson’s Head

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
While riding the waves during a recent screening of Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy — the new biopic exploring two significant periods in the life of Brian Wilson, the studio wizard behind the Psychedelic Pop symphonic sound of The Beach Boys — I experienced a subtle yet momentarily surprising disconnect.   

‘Hannibal’ Returns as an International Feast for the Senses

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Last season’s finale of Hannibal (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday, NBC) left viewers in shock. Outside of the typical sensory overload the show consistently presents, that last episode marked what very well could be the end for several main characters.