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Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #4: Gip (2016)

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Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #4: Gip (2016)

It is not exactly news to report that a very large, significant part of Alabama history is written in the African-American experience.  From slavery, through The Civil War, the Jim Crow era, The Civil Rights Years, right up to the current day their often bittersweet history is as much a part of Alabama as the […]

| September 1, 2016
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The Jungle Book (2016)

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The Jungle Book (2016)

It shouldn’t surprise anyone when Disney shamelessly toots its own horn.  The legacy of this paragon of family entertainment has such a rich history and such of wealth of classics to its name that you sort of aren’t surprised to find it congratulating itself.  That may come from the fact that recently they’ve been kind […]

| April 16, 2016
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Amy (2015)

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Amy (2015)

I have, for a long while, been critical of modern music which to these 40+ ears often sounds like the same song with the same message sung to a different tune. The subject matter treads the safe waters of romantic proclamations and freak-o mating habits with barely a hint of the person behind the lyrics. […]

| January 28, 2016
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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The Hateful Eight (2015)

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The Hateful Eight (2015)

Picture in your mind the output of a Quentin Tarantino movie if it were written by Agatha Christie. Try and imagine “Ten Little Indians” wrapped in reams of Tarantino-style dialogue and splattered with buckets of blood and guts and there you have the idea of The Hateful Eight, a retro spaghetti western that is as […]

| January 5, 2016
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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

It is difficult to be blasé about Star Wars if you happen to be one of the millions who have spent the last 40 years with George Lucas’ seminal epic rattling around in your brain – believe me, there are a lot of us. But even if you aren’t, even if you‘re only a casual […]

| December 17, 2015
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Creed (2015)

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Creed (2015)

One of the greatest gifts that the movies can give back to a true movie fan is the feeling of coming home. Few movies are worth the return trip, but when done right we get the joy of reuniting with old friends, catching up with great characters years later and seeing how their lives turned […]

| November 25, 2015
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