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‘Destroyer’ Review

Karyn Kusama captures Nicole Kidman as we’ve never seen her before in the edgy crime drama, Destroyer. Washed up, jaded and broken LAPD detective Erin Bell (Kidman) confronts her shady past … Continue Reading ‘Destroyer’ Review

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Ben Is Back

‘Ben Is Back’ Review

In his surprisingly funny and heartbreakingly honest film, we witness a crucial 24-hour period in Ben’s (Lucas Hedges) life. He is a recovering addict who desperately struggles to make amends, painfully grapples with sobriety, and remorsefully faces the consequences of his tumultuous past. Through all of these challenges, his loving mother, Holly (Julia Roberts), steadfastly remains by his side.

beale street

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review and Barry Jenkins Interview

Barry Jenkins’ stunning adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel, If Beale Street Could Talk, is poetry in motion. A gripping narrative and vivid imagery transcends the page and illuminates the big screen as Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) shares her scattered tale of true love and tackles adversity in 1970s Harlem. Throughout the film, we feel submerged in her world as Jenkin’s artful direction floods viewers with vibrant colors, groovy tunes, and the threat of danger lurking in the dark corners of her neighborhood.

outlaw king

‘Outlaw King’ Review

Outlaw King is a sweeping epic beautifully and brutally depicting Robert Bruce’s (Chris Pine) arduous efforts to unite all Scots and free Scotland from British rule. Braveheart made us familiar with the Scots’ graphically bloody plight for freedom in the 14th century. This film echoes similar sentiments, especially when William Wallace’s death inspires Bruce to boldly take action against the British monarchy.

Homecoming

‘Homecoming’ Season 1 Review

‘Homecoming’ is a slow-burning suspenseful conspiracy thriller. Unlike most dramas, each episode is only 30 minutes long and leaves you abruptly hanging in the midst of a beguiling moment. The moment you expect a breakthrough, the narrative oddly stops, and a new episode begins, presenting the next set of suspicious problems. If you hang in there for the first few foundational episodes, you will be rewarded with more interesting circumstances and mysteries through the rest of the season.

Yellow

‘Yellow’ Pilot/Film Review

Sarah Deakins’ beautiful, moving and thought-provoking short film, Yellow, stays with you long after the credits have rolled. Her carefully crafted narrative follows ten colorful characters on their individually life-changing journeys during one fateful afternoon at an art museum. In a time when we are all overwhelmed by an abundance of distractions and worries, this film reminds us to pause for a moment, take a closer look, soak it all in, and allow ourselves to feel…something.

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