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Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power is a documentary that captures the famous Senate hearings around the sexual harassment claims that attorney Anita Hill made against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in the early 1990’s. The documentary out now on DVD begins with a phone call that was placed by Thomas’ wife years later, asking […]

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Day Late and a Dollar Short is a good family film that not only shows family at its strength, led by the mother Whoopi Goldberg, but it also shows all the dysfunction, such as sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and prescription drug addiction, that could be experienced in any regular run-of-the-mill family. But in this […]

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Stage Fright

Stage Fright

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stage Fright is the kind of horror movie that some people will really love.  Going in, I thought I was going to be one of them.  Unfortunately, I was not. Jerome Sable’s feature film debut as writer/director has a lot of potential right off the bat.  An unexpected combination of tones—theater, horror, musical, comedy—grabs the […]

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Labyrinth

Labyrinth

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

A mystery links two women living centuries apart.  Alice (Vanessa Kirby) is a modern woman who unearths a ring with a labyrinth symbol.  800 years earlier, Alais (Jessica Brown-Findlay; Downton Abbey) is given a mysterious book with clues and references to a labyrinth and the fabled Holy Grail.  Without knowing it, the two women’s destinies […]

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

| July 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sung-Soo and his family live comfortably thanks to his father’s inheritance, but while money can provide one with a comfortable life, there are some comforts that even money can’t provide. This becomes apparent in the Korean thriller Hide and Seek. The fear of the unknown is scary enough on its own, but fear of the […]

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Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lars von Trier’s films are exhausting.  They’re long, they’re intense, they’re challenging, they’re discomforting, and they’re often upsetting in their directness.  However, they’re also among the most intimidatingly original, innovative, and expressive of anyone’s work in my lifetime.  They’re deeply intelligent in their magnitude of calibrated sorrow, and the full scope of human complexity is […]

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A Hard Day’s Night

A Hard Day’s Night

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

London, 1964. Our feet tap and fingers snap to Eight Days a Week. We know all their hits on the radio and have seen them on the telly, but never like this: John, Paul, George, and Ringo – The Beatles – in person. OK, it’s not 1964 and unfortunately only half of the World’s Favorite […]

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Infliction

Infliction

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I volunteered to review Infliction because the description led me to believe that this was a true story, and that it was the actual raw footage of a real killing spree.  That sounded interesting to me, but as soon as the film started I started to suspect that I had been misled.  It turns out […]

No Vacancy

No Vacancy

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m reluctant to even try to avoid spoilers on this one since No Vacancy is so unbelievably obvious in its execution that its insulting that it thinks it’s successfully deceiving its audience.  The story is about a group of twenty-somethings taking a road trip to Las Vegas when two of their tires blow.  They find […]

We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Flicker Alley’s latest Blu-ray release is one of their most fascinating yet, as it offers viewers a sort of film history potpourri, a grab bag of silent film ephemera centered on the lives of average Americans and their roles in the production and exhibition of silent films. A pair of documentaries lie at the core […]

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