American Factory Puts Americans Back To Work

American Factory follows what happened when a Chinese billionaire hires 2,000 blue-collar Americans in a previously closed GM factory. Filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert spent three years on this film.  Their efforts to capture Fuyao Glass America’s new plant are worth it in the end.  After all, nobody could have predicted the plant re-opening when General Motors closed the doors in 2008.  While 2,400 would lost their jobs in 2008, some 2,000 would get…

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Woodstock Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music is the Oscar-winning documentary about one of the most important moments for the 1960s counterculture. In Woodstock, filmmaker Michael Wadleigh directs the ultimate concert documentary.  Some other films might come close but will probably end up falling short.  All one needs to do here is take a look at the history.  Almost a half million descended onto a dairy farm for an event billed as “An Aquarian Experience:…

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette Brings A Book To Life

Where’d You Go, Bernadette brings the bestselling novel to life in a comedy that ought to remind artists how important it is to create. Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett) could have had it all.  Before dropping off the face of the planet, the architect won a MacArthur Grant.  Living in Los Angeles would have been a dream.  Yet she packs it all up to move to Seattle where she now lives with daughter Bee (Emma Nelson)…

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A Million Eyes: A Beautiful Short

Richard Raymond‘s newest short film, A Million Eyes, is a beautiful film that speaks to the idea of what goes into creating art. When we first meet Leroy (Elijah M. Cooper), the teenager is taking photos across town with a banged up 35mm camera.  He also recites the title line but not in a cliche way.  Leroy lives with his mother, Amber (Katie Lowes), a struggling alcoholic.  When an older photographer, Fern (Joe Morton), takes…

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Bandslam: Criminally Underrated after 10 Years

The music is still good in this flick but Bandslam remains criminally underrated after the film opened in theaters ten years ago. Bandslam is about a battle of the bands competition.  It’s “Texas High School football big” as Sa5m (Vanessa Hudgens) says.  The winning band gets a recording contract so its pretty big to say the least. Will Burton (Gaelan Connell) is starting off at a new school because his mom, Karen (Lisa Kudrow), recently…

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47 Meters Down: Uncaged Raises the Stakes

The stakes are heightened while exploring the ruins of an underwater city in 47 Meters Down: Uncaged in the sequel to the surprise hit film. Johannes Roberts returns to the director’s chair and brings back Ernest Riera as a co-writer.  With the filmmakers back at the helm, they are sure to change things up by a notch or two.  None of the cast returns from the first film.  Because of the name, we know that…

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Judgment at Nuremberg: The Epic Courtroom Drama

Judgment at Nuremberg is an epic courtroom drama revisiting the post-World War 2 tribunals in which Germans were brought to justice for crimes against humanity. There are more films nowadays as more survivors open up to tell their stories.  Back in the day, these films were few and far between.  Where Schindler’s List is perhaps the best film of life during the Shoah, Judgment at Nuremberg may very well be the best of the post-war…

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Woman in Gold: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Maria Altmann’s remarkable true story of recovering stolen artwork from the Austrian government manages to get justice in Woman in Gold. I found myself watching the film again during Tisha B’Av during a double header with Stanley Kramer’s Judgment in Nuremberg.  Despite the fact that the Weinstein name is attached, please do not let that stop you from watching this film.  Maria Altmann’s (Helen Mirren) story is but one of many Holocaust stories out there. …

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The Peanut Butter Falcon: Don’t Miss This One

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a film that could have easily been written by the likes of Mark Twain if the author lived during this era. Saying that Mark Twain could have written this film isn’t an understatement.  Not when the large majority of the film sees Zak (Zack Gottsagen) and Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) on an adventure together.  Whether it’s by foot or water, the two of them certainly bond with each other.  Never more…

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The Kitchen Isn’t The Feminist Thriller We Need

The Kitchen is about a trio of wives who take over protecting the neighborhood while their husbands are serving time in jail. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Andrea Berloff adapts Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle’s comic book series for the big screen.  I really wish that I could say that The Kitchen is a good film but it fails along the way.  The whole women-take-revenge plot was done so much better in Steve McQueen’s criminally underrated Widows.  Where…

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