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Welcome Home, Stranger (Film Review: “Outside In”)

Returning after a 20 year unjust incarceration, a young man’s only connection is with the former high school teacher who dedicated her life to setting him free. Continue Reading →


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The Admission Process (Film Review: “Brad’s Status”)

Ben Stiller brings middle-age angst and peer envy to new heights in the story of a father whose college visit trip with his son dredges up his own youthful idealistic ambitions, challenging him to re-evaluate his entire life since. Continue Reading →


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Those Nice, Bright Colors (Film Review: “Kodachrome”)

In Netflix’s new Kodachrome, Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen shine in a moving road trip movie about an estranged father and son as they face the fractured images of a broken past to see if there’s something worth salvaging between them, after all. Continue Reading →


Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner appear in Wind River by Taylor Sheridan, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. © 2016 Sundance Institute.

No ‘Call for Backup’ on the Reservation (Film Review: “Wind River”)

A tense thriller set in the wintry hinterland of a Wyoming Indian reservation, Wind River is as compelling a crime story as it is a somber reflection on the ruptured culture of a misplaced people. Continue Reading →


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Smart & The City (Film Review: “Carrie Pilby”)

A family-friendly charmer about a young genius living in New York City who learns that brains alone can’t solve the puzzling equation called Life. Continue Reading →


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Father, I Confess (Film Review: “The Good Catholic”)

A sincere and modest film about an earnest young priest whose rigid servitude to the life of the cloth is challenged when a headstrong woman shows up in his confessional. Continue Reading →


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From the Fire Into the Frying Pan (Film Review: “Burnt”)

Burnt may not be the last word on the ‘Bad Boy’ chef trope, but it’s still an entertaining potboiler of one man’s journey to self. . . plus it’s always fun to watch Bradley Cooper, especially when he’s dicing, slicing and yelling in both English and French. Continue Reading →