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The 2017 Sidewalk Film Festival Reviews: The Strange Ones (2017)

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The 2017 Sidewalk Film Festival Reviews: The Strange Ones (2017)

To know me is to know that I am one of the most patient filmgoers you’ll ever meet.  I love the work of a director who is willing to take the time to build tension and allow his/her story time to breathe – I love a slow burn.  The reward, when the film is paced […]

| August 31, 2017
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Jackie (2016)

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Jackie (2016)

There is an odd musical cue at the very beginning of Pablo Larrain’s historical drama Jackie that sounds as if it might be more at home in a horror movie.  The best way to describe it is to ask you to imagine that the score is imitating an oncoming train.  This musical beat plays several […]

| November 29, 2016
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The Neon Demon (2016)

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The Neon Demon (2016)

“She’s a diamond among a sea of glass,” says a fashion designer of the pretty but not outrageously remarkable ingénue who has just arrived in L.A. to be part of its haughty fashion scene.  Her name is Jesse and she stands out yet it is hard at first to figure out why.  The body isn’t remarkable, […]

| June 28, 2016
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God’s Not Dead 2 (2016)

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God’s Not Dead 2 (2016)

Twenty-four months ago, I had a certain amount of devilish joy in giving the business to a halfwit Christian film named God’s Not Dead, a movie so wrong-headed, so angry and so offensive that I eventually had even further devilish joy naming it the worst movie of 2014. It had nothing to do with its […]

| April 11, 2016
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Joy (2015)

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Joy (2015)

There is a breaking point for most people, when the soul-crushing frenzy of everyday life brings them face to face with the inevitability that three things are possible for them: a nervous breakdown, a burst of brilliant inspiration, or the all-consuming threat that the rest of their life may become a den of mediocrity and […]

| February 18, 2016
The Revenant (2015)

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The Revenant (2015)

There are people in my day-to-day life whose day is ruined if they can’t get to Starbucks. For them, I highly recommend The Revenant, a brutal 19th century wilderness adventure in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays a fur tracker who, in the course of this film, is twice mauled by a bear; crawls out of his […]

| February 2, 2016
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Room (2015)

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Room (2015)

The first sounds we hear are breathing. Then a voice whispers “Go back to sleep.” Barely a light reaches the interior of the room and we see expressionist images that are startling; scratches on a wall, a dirty sink, a metal door, eggshells, linoleum, a tiny television set. These things are contained in a space […]

| January 26, 2016
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Spotlight (2015)

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Spotlight (2015)

We have progressed far enough now that we can easily look back at the turn of the millennium with a sense of wonder, reflection and some fear. The clock had barely clicked over into a new century when we found ourselves in a state of panic and paranoia; first Y2K, then a Presidential election that […]

| January 13, 2016
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