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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Screwball recounts Biogenesis scandal

Screwball is an entertaining account of the Biogenesis investigation that took down then-New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez. Billy Corben’s true-crime dramedy takes a unique approach in telling this story.  Corben opts for children in lieu of adults when it comes to reenactments.  It makes for an hysterical approach to one of the darkest eras of Major League Baseball. Early on, we learn that Tony Bosch set up shop in Florida because it was the…

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The Hummingbird Project aims high, falls short

The Hummingbird Project is a pretty ambitious film and offers fine performances but the film as a whole falls pretty far short of expectations. A pair of New York cousins, Vincent Zaleski (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton Zaleski (Alexander Skarsgård in unrecognizable form), have big dreams.  This dream is building a straight fiber-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey.  Mark Vega (Michael Mando) is their pick to run things.  Despite the odds, the two aren’t going…

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Gloria Bell: More Roles Like This For Women

Julianne Moore brings quite the charm to Gloria Bell and this does not even take into account that the film is a remake of the award-winning original. An office worker by day, the divorced Gloria (Julianne Moore) rocks out at Los Angeles clubs during the night.  One such night, Gloria ends up meeting Arnold (John Turturro).  The two of them manage to bond over the fact that they’re both divorced.  Arnold for a year while Gloria…

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The Wedding Guest Falls Short As Thriller

Taking us overseas to Pakistan and India, The Wedding Guest has some thrilling aspects but the film falls just a bit short as a thriller. Jay (Dev Patel) is a man on the mission: kidnapping the bride-to-be, Samira (Radhika Apte).  He’s traveled all the way from Britain to Pakistan for her wedding.  The film starts out with the mystery and suspense that any thriller should.  It’s only when Jay’s plan goes to complete and utter shit…

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Greta: This Film is All Kinds of Bonkers

Greta is a bonkers thriller that will lead viewers to think twice when it comes to returning the items they find on the subway. When Frances McCullen (Chloë Grace Moretz) sees a purse sitting on a subway chair, she acts like any Good Samaritan would.  She looks up the owner and naturally, she returns the bag.  What Frances doesn’t expect is that this woman, Greta Hideg (Isabelle Huppert) would decide to stick around her like glue.  The…

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A Star Is Born Now On Digital and Blu-ray

Bradley Cooper’s feature directorial debut, A Star Is Born, knocks it out of the park thanks to a stellar performance from Lady Gaga.  Bring it home today! Following a performance, country rock star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) hits up whatever establishment he can find for alcohol.  It just so happens that he lands up one bar’s drag performance night.  A former employee, Ally (Lady Gaga) just happens to grace the stage that night.  When Jackson…

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Everybody Knows: A Thrilling Soap Opera

Pairing Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben) is a thrilling soap opera with plenty of twists and turns coming around the corner. The film starts with Laura (Penélope Cruz) traveling to her native Spanish village with her children, Irene (Carla Campra) and Diego (Iván Chavero).  For whatever reasons, Laura and husband Alejandro (Ricardo Darín) now live in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  In any event, she’s back home for her sister’s wedding.   The wedding goes as…

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Sundance 2019: Maiden

Maiden tells the inspiring true story of skipper Tracy Edwards and the first female crew who made history by entering the Whitbread Round the World race. It comes as no surprise that the misogyny that Tracy Edwards and her crew dealt with in the late 1980s still exists today.  While the male competitors were asked the “sensible sports questions,” no reporters dared to ask the Maiden crew these questions.  Nobody gave them a chance.  As soon…

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Sundance 2019: Anthropocene – The Human Epoch

Anthropocene – The Human Epoch follows the Anthropocene Working Group in their mission to add this epoch to the Geological Time Scale. The phrase was initially coined by Paul J. Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer in 2000 in their proposal for the current epoch.  In 2009, the Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy ordered the AWG–a collective–to look into whether or not this epoch is real.  These people are experts in their field, be it climate and polar science, oceanography, ecology, archaeology,…

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