The Trial of the Chicago 7 Is A Masterpiece

The Trial of the Chicago 7, the newest film from writer-director Aaron Sorkin, is one of the best pictures to grace the screen in 2020. Paramount knew they had an awards contender on their hands.  With theaters closed and a pandemic also raging, the best decision was to unload the film on Netflix.  Many months from now, this will prove to have been a key decision.  Listen, people are not going back to theaters in…

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The High Note Hits In The Middle

A overworked assistant with dreams of being a music producer reaches a potential turning point in her career in The High Note. Late Night‘s Nisha Ganatra takes the helm behind the camera.  After taking us behind the scenes of a late night writer’s room, we now get to experience the life of a musician and those who surround her.  Well, more so on at least one person who surrounds said musician.  In this particular instance,…

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J.T. LeRoy is Quite The Letdown

While the subject certainly makes for a compelling film, J.T. LeRoy is merely a conventional biopic at best and we’re all the worse for it. Based on Savannah Knoop’s memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy, we go behind-the-scenes of the literary hoax.  Laura Albert (Laura Dern) hires Knoop (Kristen Stewart) to serve as her public face.  I can understand Laura wanting to not have to deal with the the fame.  It’s a…

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Sundance 2019: Luce

Luce is one of those films that comes along at just the right point in time in which the country needs it in order to spark an important conversation. From the outside looking in, Luce (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) is the smartest person in the school.  He has it going for him in every which direction.  When he’s not in class, he’ll be doing his duties as either the debate-team captain or participating in track.  In other words,…

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Monsters and Men: A Well-Made Debut

A well-made feature film debut led by great performances, Monsters and Men splits the narrative into three while telling an all-too familiar story. Writer-director Reinaldo Marcus Green takes us to Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood just north of Crown Heights.  When a father plays witness to–what else–the shooting of an unarmed black man, all hell starts to break loose in their community.  This is how Green chooses to start the film and with this, we’re off and running. The…

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