Dedication pays off in On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone

On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone shows how dedicated director/producer Michael Rubenstone is when it comes to meeting the hard-to-find Sly Stone. Rubenstone paves the road in 2001 when he finds himself unhappy in New York and moves to Los Angeles to find acting work, listening to Sly and the Family Stone on the road trip.  Rubenstone lands a few small acting roles in LA but turns to seek out the reclusive…

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A Disney Legend is focus of Floyd Norman: An Animated Life

Disney Legend Floyd Norman is the focus of Floyd Norman: An Animated Documentary.  The film made it’s Chicago premiere over the weekend during the Black Harvest Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Co-directed by Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey, the documentary profiles Norman, who was forced into retirement when he turned 65.  Not wanting to retire and stop working, Norman did whatever he could to get his job back with Disney even if…

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Leap! Will Dance Into Your Hearts

Leap! is a cute film about a ballet dancer who is full of heart. Eric Summer and Eric Warin co-direct the animated film.  The screenplay is written by Carol Noble & Laurent Zeitoun & Eric Summer.  The film stars Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler, with Mel Brooks, featuring Carly Rae Jespen and Kate McKinnon.  McKinnon proves to be a triple threat in multiple roles of Régine, Mother Superior, and Félicie’s Mother. All Félicie (Fanning)…

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California Typewriter: Documentary is Nostalgic

California Typewriter is a nostalgic documentary that will make you think about what life was like in the days before computers, smart phones, and the internet. The doc gets its name from California Typewriter, one of the few repair shops left standing.  The shop is dedicated to making sure the typewriters are working. While many of us will send quick notes by email or text, award-winning actor Tom Hanks is one who will still type…

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Good Time: Robert Pattinson makes you forget Twilight

In watching Good Time, you forget that actor Robert Pattinson was ever involved with the Twilight franchise with what is the best performance of his career. Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie from a screenplay written by Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein, the crime thriller stars Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Benny Safdie, Barkhad Abdi, Taliah Webster, Peter Verby, and Buddy Duress. Good Time takes us to the streets of New York and follows the…

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Unleashed: Love knows No Species

Love knows no species in Unleashed, a movie so crazy absurd that one can’t help but just sit back and enjoy it–not knowing what is going to happen next. Written and directed by Finn Taylor, the sci-fi romantic comedy stars Kate Micucci, Steve Howey, Justin Chatwin, Hana Mae Lee, Josh Brener, with Illeana Douglas and Sean Astin. The film starts out as Emma (Micucci) shows her boyfriend, Luke (Brener), an app she’s been working on. …

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Bushwick: Action Thriller is Realistic and Timely with Civil War

Bushwick may be too timely as it depicts the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn breaking out into an all-out civil war. Directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott from a screenplay written by Nick Damici and Graham Reznick, the military invasion thriller stars Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow, Angelic Zambrana, Christian Navarro, Arturo Castro, and Jeremie Harris. As Lucy (Snow) comes home from college and gets off of a New York subway stop in Bushwick, the neighborhood…

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson display comedic chemistry

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson clearly have chemistry in The Hitman’s Bodyguard but that’s just about the only positive thing to like about the action comedy. Directed by Patrick Hughes from a screenplay written by Tom O’Connor, the action comedy stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, and Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, Joaquim De Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell, with Richard E. Grant. Following a client being murdered in front of his eyes, Michael Bryce…

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Marjorie Prime: Lois Smith delivers Awards-Worthy Performance in Sci-Fi Indie

The thought-provoking Marjorie Prime goes from stage to screen with Lois Smith delivering an awards-worthy performance. Written for the screen and directed by Michael Almereyda, the film stars Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Lois Smith and Tim Robbins.  Smith reprises her role as Marjorie from Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated play. Harrison had been inspired to write the play after seeing his grandmother battle dementia and after reading Brian Christian’s 2011 book, The Most Human Human: What Artificial…

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Ingrid Goes West Brings Mental Illness to Forefront in Social Media-Obsessed Culture

Ingrid Goes West surprises in a way that you don’t see coming while bringing mental illness to the forefront in this social media-obsessed culture. Directed by Matt Spicer from a screenplay written by David Branson Smith & Spicer, the film stars Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen, and Pom Klementieff. Social media isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be and Ingrid Goes West shows us a different take on…

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