EDITORIAL: While navigating an asteroid field, never tell Kathleen Kennedy the odds.

Forty-eight hours ago, the social media world went ablaze with the news that director-duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord were dismissed from their untitled Han Solo origin movie assignment amid creative differences with Lucasfilm prexy, Kathleen Kennedy. Principal photography began in February at London’s Pinewood Studios and much had already been completed with Miller and […]

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Quick Review: Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales by Brian Wallinger

Captain Jack Sparrow, once again played by Johnny Depp squares off against the sinister and undead Captain Salazar, played by Javier Bardem, who is one of the few positive highlights of the film.  The story is muddled and uninspired with generic and overbearing CGI effects. Directed by Espen Sanberg and Joachin Ronning, the film does […]

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Review: Burnett’s neo-realistic “Killer of Sheep” is timely and timeless.

In today’s flash-in-the-pan film environment where a perfectly-timed explosion, laugh, or shout punctuates a non-existent narrative, it’s very rare that I am floored by a film. Yes, I find every film to have a redeeming quality, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that something is good. When I do find something good, that is worthy of […]

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Review: Crowe’s zany 1989 debut “Say Anything” is lyrical, humorous romance

Nothing spells “doom” like a first crush where life goes from really simple to really complicated in a heartbeat.  Once you’ve gotten over the initial awkward phase and the relationship starts to blossom, “doom” turns to love. In writer-director Cameron Crowe’s hilarious directorial debut, Say Anything, the loveable, irrepressible Lloyd Dobler decides that he’s going […]

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Review: Jack Sholder’s cult-classic “The Hidden” is a gem waiting to be found.

While the modern world enjoys Kyle MacLachlan in his current turn as Dale Cooper in “Twin Peaks,” I decided to celebrate his cult status with the classic The Hidden. Recommended to me by several film friends earlier this year, Jack Sholder’s taut action-horror film features MacLachlan as young FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher on the hunt […]

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