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Cinequest 2017 around the corner

Make your plans now to attend the 27th edition of Cinequest, Silicon Valley’s own major film festival. By some metrics the largest film festival in North America, Cinequest was recently voted the nation’s best by USA Today readers. The 2017 … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

It’s Oscars Weekend and it’s pretty easy to find the favorite, La La Land, in theaters.  My personal favorite, Hell or High Water, is available to rent on DVD from Netflix and to stream from Amazon Instant, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube … Continue reading

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FENCES: actors and their monologues

Denzel Washington directs and stars in the movie version of the August Wilson play Fences, which manifests as an actor’s showcase.  Set in post-World War II America, Fences is entirely character-driven, and revolves around its two main characters, the fiftyish … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: THE HANDMAIDEN – gorgeous, erotic and a helluva plot

After a few minutes of The Handmaiden, we learn that it’s a con artist movie. After 100 minutes, we think we’ve watched an excellent con artist movie, but then we’re surprised by a huge PLOT TWIST, and we’re in for … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

This week’s best choices in theaters are: La La Land: the extraordinarily vivid romantic musical staring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Lion: an emotionally affecting family drama that makes the audience weep (in a good way). The Founder: the enjoyably … Continue reading

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TV/Stream of the Week: TOWER – a most original and important retelling of a story that we thought we knew

This week, the PBS documentary series Independent Lens will feature Tower, a remarkably original retelling of the 1966 mass shooting at UT Austin. Tower is a tick-tock of the 96 minutes when 49 people were randomly chosen to be shot … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

This week’s best choices in theaters are: La La Land: the extraordinarily vivid romantic musical staring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Lion: an emotionally affecting family drama that makes the audience weep (in a good way). The Founder: the enjoyably … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

This week’s absolute MUST SEE is the wholly original German comedy Toni Erdmann. You’ll also enjoy these four movies: La La Land: the extraordinarily vivid romantic musical staring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Lion: an emotionally affecting family drama that … Continue reading

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I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: searing thoughts in elegant words

The documentary I Am Not Your Negro centers on the American public intellectual James Baldwin.  It’s a searing examination of race in America through Baldwin’s eyes and through his elegant words. Those words are voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, and … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: THE AURA – smart enough to plan the perfect crime, but is that enough?

The Aura is a brilliant 2005 neo-noir from Argentina that I wasn’t familiar with until the Czar of Noir Eddie Muller programmed into the 2017 Noir City film festival. The Aura is about a taxidermist who leads a boring life, … Continue reading

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