The Meyerowitz Stories: A Typical Dysfunctional Jewish Family

Netflix’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is the dysfunctional Jewish family that This Is Where I Leave You wanted to be. Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, the film stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.  Judd Hirsch, Rebecca Miller, Adam Driver, Matthew Shear, and Candice Bergen co-star. Baumbach has given us some very strong films before and The Meyerowitz Stories is no exception. It’s his…

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Lucky: A Fitting Tribute to Harry Dean Stanton

The best way to sum up Lucky is that the independent film is a fitting tribute to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as the actor passed away in mid-September. When this film was produced, nobody could have possibly predicted that it would be among Stanton’s final roles. Character actor John Carroll Lynch makes his directorial debut with Lucky from a screenplay written by Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja. Stanton leads a cast…

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American Made: Tom Cruise Brings Some Fun

American Made, reuniting director Doug Liman with actor Tom Cruise, offers more laughs than one expects from watching the trailer. Based on a true story, Cruise leads a cast that includes Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez, Caleb Landry Jones, and Jayma Mays. While Colonel Oliver North is most associated with the Iran-Contra affair, Barry Seal played the biggest role in the scandal and most…

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mother! – A Unique Movie Badly Marketed as a Horror Film

Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, mother!, is a unique film to say the least but it should never have been marketed as a horror film nor should it have had a wide release.  Spoilers abound… Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, and Kristen Wiig. With the exception of the big-budget Noah, Aronofsky is a filmmaker who specializes in art house films.  Much…

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Nocturama: A Unique Terrorism Thriller

Nocturama is such a unique terrorism thriller and one that ought to be experienced on the big screen. Written and directed by Bertrand Bonello, the film stars Finnegan Oldfield, Laure Valentinelli, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa, and Robin Goldbronn.  Bonello proves to be a triple-threat as he scores the film menacingly, too. The film starts as we follow a group of teens in Paris.  At first, we don’t know what they are up to but we…

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Fallen: Police Officers Are Human, Too.

Directed by Thomas Marchese with narration provided by The Shield alumnus Michael Chiklis, Fallen is a moving documentary that gives us some insight into police work and how they are impacted by their fallen service members.  After all, they are human. A police officer might be killed every 2-3 days in the United States and depending on the news story of their day, their deaths could go unnoticed and that’s a tragedy in its own…

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Footnotes: French Musical Has Awesome Choreography

Footnotes (Sur Quel Pied Danser) is a French musical comedy with amazing choreography even if I couldn’t understand the language they were speaking. Directed by Paul Calori and Kostia Testut, the musical comedy stars Pauline Etienne, Olivier Chantreau, François Morel, Loïc Corbery, and Julie Victor. Footnotes is a musical comedy that was inspired by the films of Jacques Demy and Stanley Donen.  At the film’s start, we meet Julie (Etienne).  She’s losing her job at…

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I just watched Blade Runner for The First Time

I just watched Blade Runner for the first time after checking out Blade Runner: The Final Cut from the local public library.  Aside from some unfortunate skipping issues on the DVD, the film holds up well even on first viewing. Based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, the Ridley Scott-directed film was first released in 1982 and it’s yet another role that actor Harrison Ford will revisit when he reprises…

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The Space Between: A Man’s Search for Meaning

The Space Between, Amy Jo Johnson’s directorial feature debut, is a coming-of-age comedy about a man’s search for meaning on what it means to be a father. Written and directed by Amy Jo Johnson, the film stars Michael Cram, Sonya Salomaa, Julia Sarah Stone, David Paetkau, Maria Ricossa, Johnson, Kristian Bruun, Jayne Eastwood, and Michael Ironside. Produced by Jessica Adams and Johnson, The Space Between wouldn’t have been able to be made without the help…

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Crown Heights: Colin Warner’s Fight For Freedom

Crown Heights tells the true story of Colin Warner and the road he underwent to get his freedom after being wrongfully convicted of murder. Written and directed by Matt Ruskin, the biopic stars Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Amari Cheatom, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Nestor Carbonell, Zach Grenier, Josh Pais, Yul Vazquez, Ron Canada, with Bill Camp. It’s 1980 when Marvin Grant gets gunned down in Flatbush, Brooklyn.  The only witness that the police are…

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