Descendants 3 Offers A Satisfying Conclusion

Descendants 3 offers a satisfying conclusion as we reach the end of the line of the musical Descendants trilogy on the Disney Channel. The first film would become a re-imagining of a different nature.  It was very different from ABC’s hit fairy tale series, Once Upon A Time (2011-2018).  At the same time, one can see exactly why Disney continues to draw upon their hits in their film canon.  It’s because audiences will continue to…

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Love, Antosha: A Beautiful Tribute to Anton Yelchin

Premiering at Sundance earlier this year, Love, Antosha serves as a beautiful and moving tribute to the late Star Trek star, Anton Yelchin. It’s hard not to feel heartbreak in viewing this film especially during the closing minutes.  One cannot help but feel sadness for his family and friends.  Here is an actor who was taken away from us when he was only 27 years old as a result of a freak accident. Anton Yelchin…

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Tel Aviv on Fire: An Interesting Satire

Tel Aviv on Fire is an interesting satire that seeks to look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lens of a soap opera. When we first meet Salam (Kais Nashif), he is working for popular Palestinian soap opera Tel Aviv on Fire.  He only ends up becoming a writer on the series after a run-in with Assi (Yaniv Biton) at an Israeli checkpoint.  Assi’s wife is a big fan of the series so naturally, he…

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Funny People: Judd Apatow’s Dramedy Hits 10 Years

Judd Apatow’s third-directed feature, Funny People, marks its tenth anniversary since being theatrically released ten years ago. Funny People marks somewhat of a departure from Apatow’s earlier features.  George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is more of a mature character than the leads in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.  He doesn’t come off as the man-child in the earlier Apatow fare.  Though to be fair, Simmons does act quite immature during the third act during a…

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The Red Sea Diving Resort: A True Story

Chris Evans leads a cast of Mossad operatives in The Red Sea Diving Resort as they work to rescue Ethiopian Jews and bring them to Israel. I would imagine that more people know the story behind Operation Moses or Operation Solomon more so than Operation Brothers.  Regardless, this film is a good one to watch as things play out on screen.  Even though we have an idea of what is going to happen, there’s certainly…

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The Operative: Spying Can Be Messy

The Operative isn’t a fast-paced spy thriller but there’s enough going on here to keep your attention for the two-hour run time. Filmmaker Yuval Adler brings Yiftach R. Atir’s novel, The English Teacher, to the screen.  It is films such as this one that should remind us that spying isn’t just about the fast cars that never come back in one piece.  No, they can be slow-burn thrillers, too.  This is the case here for…

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Skin: Learning to Unlearn the Hate

Skin, based on a true story, isn’t an easy subject to tackle during an era that takes place following the horrible tragedy in Charlottesville. Filmmaker Guy Nattiv is the descendant of Holocaust survivors.  He grew up listening to his grandparents’ stories.  It is because of this that Bryon Widner’s (Jamie Bell, who met Widner on the day of the Charlottesville rally) story caught his interest.  How often do we learn of neo-Nazi’s learning to undo…

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The Mountain may challenge its viewers

The Mountain is a slowly paced drama set in the world of lobotomies with leading performances from Tye Sheridan and Jeff Goldblum. Welcome to the 1950s where Andy (Tye Sheridan) now lives in his father’s shadow.  His mom has already been confined to an institution by the time we meet him.  Enter Dr. Wallace Fiennes (Jeff Goldblum) into the picture.  He takes Andy under his wing as a photographer while touring an asylum.  You see,…

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Little Miss Sunshine holds up 13 years later

Little Miss Sunshine still manages to hold up with plenty of laughs thirteen years after the film was initially released in theaters. Overworked mother Sheryl Hoover (Toni Collette) now finds herself responsible for her brother, Frank (Steve Carell).  Frank recently tried to kill himself so he’s coming to live with his sister’s family.  Meanwhile, man of the house Richard Hoover (Greg Kinnear) is trying to start up a career as a life coach and motivational speaker. …

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Fantasia 2019: Lake Michigan Monster

Lake Michigan Monster, a small Wisconsin-made indie adventure comedy, is destined to be one of the weirdest films that anybody will see this year. Captain Seafield (Ryland Tews) is putting together a “team of the century.” Their mission is to find the Lake Michigan Monster.  Team members include Nedge Pepsi (Beulah Peters), Sean Shaughnessy (Erick West), and Dick Flynn (Daniel Long).  Along the way, Seafield comes up with various operation names including Annihilation, Nauty Lady,…

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