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Gangs of Siena -or- Corruption on Bareback (Documentary Review: “Palio”)

Il Palio di Siena is the oldest horse race in Italy. And as the fascinating documentary, Palio makes crystal clear, it’s not so much a race as it is a game. You don’t bet on the horse; it’s all about the jockey. Continue Reading →


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Meet The Family (Film Review: “Junebug”)

A modest little movie that rises to the ranks of minor masterpiece, Junebug is one of the most critically acclaimed and loved films in recent memory, and the performance that put Amy Adams’ star squarely on the map. Continue Reading →


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Not Without My Husband (Series Review: “The Widow”)

A grief stricken woman journeys into the Congo’s violent and corrupt underworld to get some answers on her missing husband, who was pronounced dead three years earlier. She’s not buying it. Continue Reading →


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The Breakup Assist, Kiwi Style (Film Review: “The Breaker Upperers”)

A zany and delightfully lowbrow comedy about breaking up, and the wacky BFFs who will do it for you, for a price. . . another comic gem from New Zealand. Continue Reading →


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Before He Kills Again (Series Review: “The Alienist”)

A disturbing investigation into a series of gruesome murders in turn of the century New York City, introducing controversial new methods in criminal forensics. Based on the spectacular 1994 novel that read more like historical fiction, The Alienist illustrates a brutal world of poverty and privilege on the precipice of social and political change. Continue Reading →


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No Man is an Island (Film Review: “About A Boy”)

A Valentine’s Day Weekend gem: About A Boy. An instant classic that just gets better with age, it’s Hugh Grant at the top of his game. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry . . . if you missed it the first time around, don’t make the same mistake twice! Continue Reading →


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Killer Art (Film Review: “Velvet Buzzsaw”)

A malevolently delightful satire of the slick world of modern art that steers headlong into popcorn horror . . . an uneven but visually and thematically sumptuous ride that’s anything but mundane. Continue Reading →