Lady and the Tramp in Live-Action is A Miss

If there’s a movie that says that Disney ought to stop adapting classic animation films into live-action, it’s got to be Lady and the Tramp. The basics of the film mostly remain the same until the film botches the ending.  I’ll have more on the ending in the moment.  A quick refresher:  Jim Dear (Thomas Mann) gives Darling (Kiersey Clemon) a cocker spaniel named Lady (Tessa Thompson).  One day, Lady meets Tramp (Justin Theroux) and…

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Inside Game Revisits The Tim Donaghy Scandal

Inside Game is a narrative feature that revisits the NBA betting scandal that came to light in 2007 and ended Tim Donaghy’s career as an NBA referee. Prior to becoming an NBA referee, Tim Donaghy (Eric Mabius) had been childhood friends with Tommy Martino (Scott Wolf) and Baba Battista (Will Sasso).  When they reconnect at a later point in life, they’re all at different points in their careers.  Donaghy followed his father’s footsteps and became…

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The Irishman: Another Martin Scorsese Masterpiece

The Irishman utilizes current de-aging technology but the film is another epic masterpiece in filmmaking from Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Netflix may have released Roma last year but The Irishman is its biggest test yet.  With a legendary filmmaker at the helm, it shows that Netflix isn’t playing around.  Scorsese is a legend in the industry–this goes without saying.  The only question now is will those among the old guard consider this film during awards…

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Terminator: Dark Fate Is A Welcome Sight

Terminator: Dark Fate is the sequel that fans have been waiting for especially as the film brings back a few fan favorites in the process. John Conner is gone.  Dead.  Terminated on a Guatemalan beach in 1998.  So what happens now that he’s completely out of the picture?  Well, a new future for one.  Maybe not a perfect one but nobody said it would be.  Legion has sent a new Terminator–a Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna)–back in…

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Motherless Brooklyn Has Some Issues

Motherless Brooklyn has a bloated run time, which could prove to be a tortuous experience for film goers if there are projection issues. Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton) suffers from Tourette Syndrome despite working for Frank Minna (Bruce Willis).  Funny enough, Lionel’s condition has never stopped Frank from trusting him.  What aids Lionel is the fact that he has one of the best memories among anyone working for the L & L Agency.  When Frank gets…

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Austin Film Fest 2019: The VICE Guide to Bigfoot

One journalist is seeking to find the story that will go onto define his career in Sasquatch Cinematic Universe installment The VICE Guide to Bigfoot. Atlanta-based journalist Brian Emond is on a mission.  At first, it’s to interview a rapper in Atlanta.  Following this, the film takes us on a journey through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  Brian’s career isn’t going in the direction that he wants so he jumps at the opportunity to…

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Chicago Film Fest 2019: The Truth (La Verite)

The Truth (La Verite) features some brilliant acting as director Hirokazu Kore-eda tackles a project that isn’t set in his home country of Japan. The root of the film is the mother-daughter relationship between Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) and Lumir (Juliette Binoche). Lumir’s relationship with her mom is tenuous at best.  The reason why she’s back in her native France is her mother’s memoir being published.  To say it’s a memoir would also be exaggerating the…

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Never Again Is Now: Timely Given Anti-Semitism

Never Again Is Now is a timely documentary given the rise in anti-Semitism on both sides of the political spectrum all over the globe. Every time that I get a breaking news alert from a Jewish organization, I fear the worst.  Unfortunately, these emails hit my inbox more often than preferred of late.  Most recently, it came during a shooting in front of a German synagogue. Never Again is Now comes from Dutch lesbian Evelyn…

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The Current War: Director’s Cut Gets Released

After a long road, The Current War: Director’s Cut–about the industrial age rivalry–is finally getting a theatrical release this weekend. This is a film that takes us back to the past in order to show the fight for the future.  While we probably don’t think about it often, electricity isn’t something that was always taken for granted.  Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) is battling against George Westinghouse (Michael Shannnon).  When Edison is on the verge of…

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Chicago Film Fest 2019: Once Upon A River

Haroula Rose’s feature film, Once Upon A River, features stunning performances and camerawork as the indie plays the festival circuit. Bonnie Joe Campbell’s novel comes to the big screen in this well-made feature.  Margo Crane (Kenadi DelaCerna, making her feature debut) is a Native American teenager living in rural Michigan.  What drives the teen in this coming-of-age story is the search for her estranged mother (Lindsay Pulsipher).  As Margo goes on this journey, she utilizes…

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