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Obvious Child

Obvious Child

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thanks to Gofobo.com and Alamo Drafthouse, I was able to catch an advanced screening of Gillian Robespierre’s debut film.  Serving as both writer and director, Robespierre’s first film is a heartfelt and daring comedy about a stand-up comedienne’s (Jenny Slate; House of Lies) unplanned pregnancy and subsequent decision to get an abortion. Tonally, the film […]

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Some Velvet Morning

Some Velvet Morning

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Now on DVD and streaming, Neil LaBute’s film Some Velvet Morning (2013) is in many ways itself a duet, nodding to Jim Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra’s psychedelic 1967 record by the same name, which makes its own nods to mythology’s Phaedra – though LaBute is far less enigmatic if not less provocative. Both could easily share The […]

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Adjust Your Tracking

Adjust Your Tracking

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Spoiler: VHS died. Once upon a time, entire rental houses and large sections of stores like Best Buy were overflowing with films in the VHS format. And then DVD came along, and one-by-one the shelves of Best Buy transitioned away from VHS until one day there was but a single rack devoted to the format, […]

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ve started and restarted this review ten times or more and I just can’t seem to find the right words to describe how profoundly personally moving I found Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey to be. I could tell you I learned a lot from it or that it left me in tears, but you’d then only […]

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The 12th Annual Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival

The 12th Annual Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Chicago African Diaspora International Film Festival is back to celebrate 12 years of consecutive work in the Windy City. To be held from June 13-19, hosted by Facets Cinematheque and presented by Art Mattan Productions, the festival will showcase 14 documentary and fiction films set in The United States, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, […]

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How To Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon 2

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

I think what I found so effective about How To Train Your Dragon was that in addition to being really fun, humorous, and a good adventure, it was thematically solid.  In the first installment of the franchise, the theme of symbiosis was incredibly powerful as we saw young Hiccup (Jay Baruchel; The is The End) […]

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Noah and the Ark

Noah and the Ark

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

From what I remember learning in catechism class, the entire story of Noah’s Ark is chronicled in only four chapters of the Bible’s Book of Genesis, and its plot-line is simple: Noah, after receiving detailed instructions from Mister Almighty, builds an ark to act as a safe-house against the Great Flood for his family and […]

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True Detective: Season One Review

True Detective: Season One Review

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

From its original commercial teasers, highlighting its main cast, to garnering the talent behind Sin Nombre and 2011′s Jane Eyre, was more then enough to be excited for HBO’s True Detective. Once it began airing on TV, after the first episode, people knew that this was something special, making True Detective an instant classic, that […]

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Attack on Titan: Part 1

Attack on Titan: Part 1

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Every so often, an anime comes along that renews people’s interest in the form, one you absolutely have to share with everyone you know. We’re talking gateway stuff, anime that leads newcomers who had maybe only seen Akira and Dragon Ball Z to suddenly build enormous anime collections in a ridiculously short span of time. […]

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Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

| May 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The latest action-comedy from Chinese writer/director Stephen Chow is a loose reworking of the classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West. The film tells the tale of an unshaven Buddhist monk named Xuanzhang struggling to master his humane style of demon slaying whereby he attempts to reform the monsters with nursery rhymes. In the process, […]

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