The Solzy Awards for Film in 2016

Just as in prior years, all movies released that I have seen during the calendar year are eligible for the Solzy Awards. Thankfully, I am in Chicago now so films that otherwise would not have opened up in Kentucky until after the new year starts have been seen such as Hidden Figures. Movies going wide after the new year, such as Patriots Day, Silence, Paterson, and 20th Century Women are not eligible for consideration. In…

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Lion: A Man’s Search for Home

Dev Patel stars as Saroo, a native of India who is adopted by an Australian couple after getting seperated by his family. Years later, he starts to look for his hometown. Based on a true story of Saroo Brierley and directed by Top of the Lake‘s Garth Davis, Lion stars Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, and Nicole Kidman. The cast also includes Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Deepti Naval, and introduces Sunny Pawar. Screenwriter…

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Fences: Strong Cast Reunites for the Big Screen

Based on the Tony-winning Broadway play of the same name, Fences is just as powerful on the big screen. Directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay written by August Wilson and based on Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fences stars Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sidney. Troy Maxon (Washington) works as a sanitation worker in Pittsburgh. He played baseball in the Negro League but was too old…

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Carrie Fisher: A Star Wars Princess Passes Away

“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.” Obi-Wan Kenobi recited that quote when Alderaan was destructed in Star Wars: A New Hope, the film that hit the big screens in May 1977 and changed the world forever. Today, the world lost Carrie Fisher at the age of 60. The actress died as a result…

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Hidden Figures: An Amazing True Story

Hidden Figures tells the amazing true story of three women who were pioneers in the space program. These three women were such an important part of American history and their achievements have been overlooked until recently. Everyone knows about the Apollo missions and astronauts like John Glenn, Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong. But has anyone heard of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson? I never heard their names growing up and I was…

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Why Him? A Raunchier Redux of Meet the Parents

Why Him? is without a doubt a raunchier version of Meet the Parents. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since director John Hamburg, who co-wrote the screenplay and story, was a writer or co-writer for all three films in the Meet the Parents franchise. Hamburg co-wrote the screenplay with Ian Helfer. The duo co-wrote the story with Jonah Hill. The movie stars James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally, Griffin Gluck, and…

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The Team profiles 1996 Kentucky Wildcats champions

This past year marked the 20th anniversary of the 1995-1996 Kentucky Wildcats winning the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. What better way to celebrate the anniversary than by watching The Team – The 1996 National Champion Kentucky Wildcats! The Team is a joint project between Dick Gabriel (Channel 27 WKYT), Jason Epperson (Eppic Films), and Cameron Mills. Mills was a member of The Untouchables. Nine players from the squad…

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La La Land: Damien Chazelle’s Musical is Absolute Perfection

To call La La Land amazing would be an understatement. Damien Chazelle’s new LA-set musical is absolute perfection. La La Land proves that Chazelle’s Whiplash was no fluke. Written and directed by Chazelle, the cast features Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe, Tom Everett Scott, Josh Pence, and JK Simmons. This has been a project that was six years in the making for Chazelle. Without…

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Rogue One: Spoiler-Filled Thoughts of Star Wars Prequel

Jyn Erso kicks ass in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the stand-alone anthology film that paves the way for the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. Whether or not George Lucas could have ever came up with the story for Rogue One, this is a film that gives us another strong independent woman such as Jyn in the Star Wars universe and we need more of them. It gives young girls more female…

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Bridey Elliott to direct family in Clara’s Ghost

Bridey Elliott, a member of the famed Elliott family in comedy, has turned to Kickstarter to finance Clara’s Ghost. The project’s goal of $30,000 needs to be raised by 1:32 AM EST on Monday, January 16, 2017. Set over the course of a single evening at the Reynolds’ Family home in suburban Connecticut, Clara’s Ghost tells the story of Clara Reynolds who, fed up with constant ribbing from her self-centered showbiz family, finds solace in…

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