What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali

What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali follows the recent trend of resorting to all-archival materials in telling the story of The Greatest. What filmmaker Antoine Fuqua seeks to do is tell Muhammad Ali’s story through his own voice.  This is the way to go.  There’s no reason for a narrator here.  Ali lived through both ups and downs.  Many of us know his story but this documentary takes it to an entirely different level.  We get both…

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All Creatures Here Below shines light on society

All Creatures Here Below sees two people returning to the one place that has been the source of traumatic memories plaguing them over the years. There’s a few things going on here.  Gensan (David Dastmalchian) and Ruby (Karen Gillan) are living in poverty in Los Angeles.  Ruby also wants a family–this is easier said than done.  When Gensan loses his job, he turns to gambling as a way of making ends meet.  Communication may be key here…

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All is True: William Shakespeare’s Last Days

All is True picks up after the tragic burning of the Globe Theatre and William Shakespeare retiring to a home life in Stratford. William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) is the greatest playwright of all time.  This is a film that tells is story following the Globe Theatre fire.  The fire would lead Shakespeare into retirement.  He would never write another play again.  Screenwriter Ben Elton draws upon what we know about the Bard and takes liberties elsewhere. …

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What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is an in-depth documentary that looks back on the series and a whole lot more. If you’re thinking of leaving the theater during the end credits, you might want to re-think this.  In addition to the conversation with showrunner/director Ira Steven Behr and actress Nana Visitor, there will be a taped roundtable following the film. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine would run for…

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Wine Country: A Saturday Night Live Reunion

Wine Country reunites Amy Poehler with many of her Saturday Night Live colleagues as they travel to California for a birthday weekend. Rebecca (Rachel Dratch) Catherine (Ana Gasteyer), Abby (Amy Poehler), Naomi (Maya Rudolph), Val (Paula Pell), and Jenny (Emily Spivey) are all gathering for a special weekend.  The weekend just so happens to be Rebecca’s 50th birthday.  As such, the women are off to California’s Wine Country to celebrate the milestone birthday.  It’s here where they…

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The Hustle Makes Fun Of Blind People

While Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson have fine chemistry, The Hustle makes the poor mistake of having jokes at the expense of blind people. The film may have a brisk pace and many jokes but one poor storytelling choice remains its downfall.  Did anybody stop to think at any point during pre-production that maybe these jokes were in poor taste?  I’m not even blind but even I would not go as far as to fake…

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu for Die-Hard Fans

Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a film that will most likely appeal to fans of Ryan Reynolds or Pokémon but there’s not much else otherwise. When Ryme City police detective Harry Goodman goes missing, his son, Tim (Justice Smith), decides to look into his disappearance.  He’s soon finds Harry’s Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds), lending a helping hand in the investigation.  Pikachu’s vibe is Deadpool-esque but it’s toned down for a younger audience.  There’s quite a few things…

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Tribeca 2019: For They Know Not What They Do

Grounded in the stories of four LGBTQ people, For They Know Not What They Do is an essential documentary and should be a must-watch for everyone. This film tells the stories of Sarah McBride, Elliot Porcher, Vico Báez Febo, and the late Ryan Robertson.  If you’re anything like me, you will get emotional while viewing the documentary.  I got chills all over my body just from watching the clip of Sarah addressing the DNC in 2016. …

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Tribeca 2019: Storm

Storm is what happens when you imagine a near-distant future where the government is put in charge of our dating and sexual affairs. The film starts out with a message from the U.S. Department of Social Health that introduces us to the Relationship Compatibility Act.  Participation is required by law as all Americans are “paired with or reassigned” to our ideal partner.  If no such matches occur in a 12-month period, people will be then…

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Tribeca 2019: Master Maggie

An unknown actor practically has to beg a celebrity acting coach to help him audition for a TV role in the short film, Master Maggie. Most people think of acting classes as being a necessary requirement on the way to their Emmy, Oscar, or Tony.  The direction that director/co-writer Matthew Bonifacio takes us on is not quite as we expected.  One could see this as an acting coach’s worst nightmare.  In addition to filmmaking, Matthew Bonifacio is…

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