The Chamber: A Deep Sea Horror Thriller

The Chamber is a conventional deep sea horror thriller that offers more than enough thrills in a wild ride. In his feature directorial debut, Ben Parker offers up a thrill ride that can also be categorized as a horror film because there’s no guarantee that that the four people in the submarine will survive the mission.  The B-movie thriller shows a promising future for the filmmaker. Following a brief prologue that sets up the film,…

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The Young Karl Marx

Timed to 170th anniversary of The Communist Manifesto, The Young Karl Marx is a biopic that does justice to the man whose story is being told. Following a brief prologue that sets up the film, Karl Marx (August Diehl) is living in Cologne in April 1843 and writing for the Rheinische Zeitung newspaper.  After the paper published an article that the government was unhappy with, Marx was arrested.  Marx and his wife, Jenny (Vicky Krieps), end…

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Rogers Park: A Family Affair on the North Side

Taking advantage of blind casting, Rogers Park is a family affair that puts the spotlight on the Chicago neighborhood of the same name. Directed by Kyle Henry from a screenplay written by Carlos Treviño, the Chicago-set film stars Antoine McKay, Sara Sevigny, Jonny Mars, and Christine Horn. All four of the leading characters have their own issues in the film.  Zeke (McKay) is dealing with financial issues of his own and doesn’t want to let his wife,…

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NEAT: The Story of Bourbon – A Film After My Own Heart

Being a Kentucky native, NEAT: The Story of Bourbon is a film that’s after my own heart. Narrated and directed by documentary filmmaker David Altrogge, the intriguing documentary does exactly what it promises by giving us the story of bourbon.  Among the many people interviewed include Steve Zahn, an actor who also doubles as a bourbon distiller. The film also features the first female master distiller since prohibition, Marianne Barnes.  A Kentucky native, she is…

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Half Magic: A Very Feminist Comedy About Sex

To put it in simple terms, Half Magic is a very feminist comedy about sex. Written and directed by Heather Graham, the film stars Graham, Angela Kinsey, Stephanie Beatriz, Thomas Lennon, Luke Arnold, Jason Lewis, Alex Beh, Michael Aronov, Molly Shannon, Rhea Perlman, and Chris D’Elia. Honey (Graham) is an aspiring writer and she’s at a complete standstill in both her personal and provate lives.  Tormented since she was ten years old by the words preached by Father…

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Dave: The President We Need Right Now

Dave is able to hold up so well 25 years after it’s release because of such a strong performance by Kevin Kline. Ivan Reitman followed his 1980s successes by directing the political comedy from Gary Ross’ hilariously written screenplay.  There are so few political comedies that can work in a way that the script does.  Could the Oscar-nominated screenplay be written today and still appeal to movie going audiences?  I’d like to think so.  A…

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Red Sparrow: Jennifer Lawrence’s effort isn’t enough

Red Sparrow may be a thriller but despite Jennifer Lawrence’s best effort, the film isn’t quite at the same level as the espionage thrillers that have come before.  What’s truly a disappointment is how the film uses rape as a plot device. Directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay written by Justin Haythe, the film is based on the book of the same name by veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews.  The three-time Hunger Games director reunites…

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Black Panther: One of the Best Marvel Films Ever

To put it in simple terms, Black Panther is one of the best Marvel films ever.  The Black Panther character screamed for a movie iteration ever since he debuted in comic book form in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #52 (1966). Ryan Coogler, who broke out with the Sundance-winning Fruitvale Station in 2013, is onto a heck of a start to his filmmaking career with three critically acclaimed films.  Not many filmmakers can have as successful of…

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For the Love of George: A Female-Empowered Comedy

For the Love of George may be a romantic comedy but the film is one that also reminds us that we should never have to give up on happiness in the pursuit of a significant other. Directed by Maria Burton, the female-empowered comedy stars Nadia Jordan, Rex Lee, Kristen Johnston, Shaun Sipos, Petra Bryant, Ruth Connell, Marina Sirtis, Henry Hereford, with Rosanna Arquette, and Tate Donovan. Poppy Wakefield (Jordan) is a woman who is obsessed with…

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The Boy Downstairs: A Character Study in Romance

The Boy Downstairs isn’t the typical New York-set romantic comedy but comes across as more of a character study. Written and directed by Sophie Brooks, the film stars Zosia Mamet, Matthew Shear, Deirdre O’Connell, Sarah Ramos, and Diana Irvine. After living in London for three years, Diana (Mamet) has moved back to New York City.  Moving quickly into an apartment in Brooklyn, Diana soon discovers what could be anyone’s worst fear: her ex-boyfriend, Ben (Shear) lives in…

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