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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.  


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.

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.  

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 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.   


0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The gang from HBO’s loveable series is back and finally on the big screen. Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), with Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Johnny (Kevin Dillon) in tow, seeks to maintain his level of fame and fortune in the ruthless world of Hollywood by helming his debut feature for the studio headed by Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), his former agent.   

I'll See You in my Dreams

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
It is such a rare story to see films involving the exploration of vibrant and loving relations between more mature characters.