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The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Unknown Known is a ‘Rumsfeld Rule’, meaning “there are things we think we know, but turns out we do not.” The flip side of the  phrase reads “the absence of evidence does not mean the evidence of absence.” That was the maxim used to indicate “overwhelming evidence” of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. […]

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

| April 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

For better or worse, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed the landscape of the superhero genre and has done things unlike any other film series in cinematic history. Where things began with the first Iron Man film in 2008, culminated into a epic comic book extravaganza in 2012′s The Avengers. Now, two years after The […]

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Alien Abduction

Alien Abduction

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a filmmaking technique, found footage is dead.  What once seemed like a comment a technologically obsessed, intellectually deficient generation has been transformed – aptly enough – into a shallow delivery system for cheap thrills for low-budget filmmakers.  Don’t have enough money for lights?  Low light cameras are a dime a dozen.  Production design?  Who […]

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Mitt – Greg Whiteley

Mitt – Greg Whiteley

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

As technology progresses political campaigns are increasingly filled with candid moments. Gaffes are known to hinder ambitious candidates (sometimes fatally) and forever haunt the victim. In Mitt Romney’s 2012 run, a covertly placed camera caught such a moment. Will a 90 minute documentary change voter perceptions about a politician who derided 47% of Americans as willfully […]

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wes Anderson is perhaps best known to both his ardent fans and hateful detractors for using each of his films to create little shoebox-diorama worlds in which his characters, speaking in cadences now as familiar as those of Hal Hartley’s, deal with class issues and any number of Anderson’s other narrative preoccupations. Sometimes this is […]

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The Single Moms Club

The Single Moms Club

| March 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Single Moms Club is a female bonding movie where five single mothers who have children at the same private prep school find themselves working together on a school event. Nia Long plays May; Wendi McClendon-Covey plays Jan; Amy Smart plays Hillary, Cocoa Brown plays Lytia and Zulay Henao plays Esperanza. While watching this film, I immediately […]

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Non-Stop

Non-Stop

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Liam Neeson is the working man’s action star.  When Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger kills a man, the weapon they use – gun, knife, steel pipe – is an extension of their bulging muscles.  Neeson’s body count is the result of craftsmanship and a strong work ethic.  Like a carpenter building his own house, only […]

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The complicated significance of blood connections is compellingly presented in director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s latest effort Like Father, Like Son. The film follows Ryota (played by Fukuyama Masaharu), a successful businessman whose constant striving for excellence dominates every motivation of his life, particularly in his household where the academic expectations for his son Keita have grown […]

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

| December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Idris Elba gives an awarding- deserving and winning performance as the late Nelson Mandela. Directed by Jason Chadwick, this movie is fantastic, in that even though I knew much of the history about Mandela, his African National Congress involvement and ensuing arrest and imprisonment for nearly […]

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

‘Don’t mature, Ron Burgundy’ Could there be a more fearful venture for Anchorman devotees than believing lightning could strike twice? Before enduring the 119 minute sequel, I remembered to check the releases for the 2004 original. Bill Maher’s pithy review of 2012′s The Three Stooges presents the fear most Anchorman fans should consider: “The movie was funny, but why […]

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