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Dec 5 2018

Roma (2018) – Movie Review

Life is messy, scripted as it proceeds minute by minute. Plans are made but broken by the unintended; rarely do plans ever come to any kind of satisfying fruition. All around us are people walking the same insane, hectic path the world leads us down. We either fight it or we become part of it, […]
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Jan 6 2017

Review: “A Monster Calls”

Grief is a beast. For young Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall), it’s a gargantuan tree-creature that he conjures from his sketches.  On the cusp of being a teenager, Conor gets bullied at school and butts heads with his rigid grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) at home, where most devastating of all, Conor’s mum Lizzie (Felicity Jones) is succumbing to […]
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Jan 16 2015

A Most Violent Year

Here’s what’s great about A Most Violent Year: its simplicity in its filmmaking. It’s a very matter-of-fact, cut-and-dried, take-it-or-leave-it approach that writer/director J.C. Chandor takes with this tale of a man caught between doing the right thing and immoral acts to keep his oil business afloat. I liken it a lot to Francis Ford Coppola’s […]
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Jan 16 2014

The Square

The ongoing political situation in Egypt has called for unthinkable sacrifice from its people in order to effect change, as we’re shown from ground level in Jehane Noujaim’s unflinching documentary “The Square”, which spends the better part of three years shoulder-to-shoulder with everyday Egyptians fighting for their fundamental freedoms. In January 2011, millions of Egyptians set aside […]
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Dec 31 2012

Promised Land

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on December 31, 2012.) In our push to liberate ourselves from foreign oil, a process called “fracking” – hydraulic fracturing of land in order to extract elements to be used for natural gas – has started taking center stage in our discourse on energy alternatives. The process […]
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Sep 9 2011

Contagion

(This review was originally published on September 9, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) We’ve seen plenty of pandemic films before. Varying from big budget successes like “Outbreak”, independent pictures like 2009′s “Carriers” and Danny Boyle’s gruesome vision “28 Days Later”, the possibility of a global health emergency has been explored in movies for decades. It’s no wonder that this fictionally enhanced topic continues […]
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