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2018 Berlin Film Festival Review: ‘Isle of Dogs’

Synopsis: In Japan, after a wave of dog-flu hits the city’s dogs, they are all exiled to trash island. Meanwhile, one of the dog’s owners decides to rescue his now exiled dog and goes on a perilous journey to get him back. In one of his most ambitious films to date, Wes Anderson once again employs stop-motion animation to tell …

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2018 Oscars: Live-Action Shorts Reviews

The 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films will be released in theaters on February 9th and On Demand February 27th before the Oscars on March 4th. Here are my reviews of the Live Action nominees. Click on the titles for the trailers to each film. DEKALB ELEMENTARY Country of origin: USA Language: English Directed by: Reed Van Dyk 21 minutes As we …

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Worst Picture/Best Picture: Showgirls and Braveheart (1995)

Showgirls – “From the deer in the headlights performance of Elizabeth Berkley, to the so far over the top that you need a telescope to look down at it dialogue, this film is a camp masterpiece. Never before have so many cliches and ridiculous scenarios been gathered in one film.” (khia213, IMDb.com) Braveheart – “With breathtaking skill, Gibson captures the exhilaration and …

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Review: ‘The Florida Project’ (★★★★)

Sean Baker excels at shining a light on people who feel or who are on the fringes of society. His iPhone-shot breakthrough film Tangerine brought us into the little-seen world of black trans working girls and did so with breathtaking honesty and humor. His newest film, The Florida Project (Walt Disney’s working title name for Disney World), is a superb follow-up …

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Review: ‘Stronger’ (★★★½)

We’ve all probably seen enough ‘everyday man overcoming adversity/tragedy’ stories to last a lifetime but once in a while one comes down the pike like Stronger to show us how potent these stories can be. In April of 2013 deadbeat but lovable goof Jeff (a never better Jake Gyllenhall) is trying to win back his girl Erin (a superb Tatiana …

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Worst Picture/Best Picture: Color of Night and Forrest Gump (1994)

Color of Night – “This is worth seeing if you’re in the mood for a adult-orientated suspense thriller…with quite a lot of sex. & yes, ladies, You can see Bruce’s winky in this too.” (moviecollector, IMDb.com) Forrest Gump – “The film has been very well worked out on all levels, and manages the difficult feat of being an intimate, even delicate tale …

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Worst Picture/Best Picture Series: Indecent Proposal and Schindler’s List (1993)

It’s baaaaack! After a long hiatus, Jeff Beachnau returns to his Worst Picture/Best Picture series comparing the Razzie’s worst film and the Oscars Best Picture side by side. For 1993 he brings us Indecent Proposal and Schindler’s List. Indecent Proposal – “Indecent Proposal could have been a very thought provoking look at the struggle of love, fidelity and morality when …

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Frameline41: SF LGBTQ Film Fest Docs to Watch

The San Francisco LGBTQ International Film Festival is always a wealth crucial documentaries that detail the lives of the LGBTQ community and enlighten in a way that many often never get a chance to see. Here are four fantastic examples among so many. The Fabulous Life of Allan Carr Few people in Hollywood had such a roller coaster of highs …

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Review: ‘Jackie’ (★★★★)

In his first English-language film, Chilean director Pablo Larraín (Neruda, the Oscar-nominated No) has given us a bracingly original take on one of the most documented moments in American history, the aftermath of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but this time solely from the point of view of the First Lady, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Even though the framework of …

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