Tag: four stars

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

At this point, the last two things that you might expect a Star Wars movie to be are unexpected and unpredictable.  After ten theatrical features, you might imagine that you could call every twist and turn; every fiber of this saga seems to have been mined until the surprises are long gone.  It is refreshing […]

| December 15, 2017
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017)

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017)

It is disturbing how inherent violence is in the human collective.  It is a never-ending cycle that goes round and round and will continue to do so as long as humans stand on two legs and are able to chart the course of their own destiny.  The It is a hard fact that the movies […]

| December 5, 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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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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