Sundance 2019: Paradise Hills

There’s no doubt that Paradise Hills has a lot of ambition with a strong feminist story it wishes to tell but manages to miss the mark somewhere along the way. The film starts with Uma (Emma Roberts) getting married to a mysterious man that we hardly know anything about.  Almost immediately as any action takes place, the film jumps straight to two months earlier.  This allows us to dive into the backstory of how we…

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Shock and Awe stands up for Journalism

Director Rob Reiner gets political once more with Shock and Awe revisiting the politically charged lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003. The film tells the story of four journalists with the Knight Ridder News Service.  The media wasn’t challenging the Bush Administration on Iraq’s lack of evidence when it came to Weapons of Mass Destruction.  Knight Ridder, for what it’s worth, rose to the occasion when nobody else was challenging the administration.  It’s something that’s…

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