Directorial Debut
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'Paint it Black' is the directorial debut of actress Amber Tamblyn, and deals with the loss of loved ones in this grief-stricken drama.

It’s Good Grief in ‘Paint it Black’
A Bank Heist Like No Other
Posted 3 days ago

This is no dog day afternoon when a bank robbery turns deadly in 'The Vault'.

There’s Something Sinister Happening in ‘The Vault’
Get Lost in a New Kind of Labyrinth
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'Dave Made a Maze' explores what happens when a little imagination turns into the adventure of a lifetime.

Childhood Dreams Come True in ‘Dave Made a Maze’
Scary 'Icarus'
Posted 7 days ago

'Icarus' is a thrilling, frighteningly relevant documentary that may go a long way toward explaining the danger of any state propaganda machine.

Netflix’s ‘Icarus’ a Thrilling Documentary with Scary Relevance
Take a Pil-grimage
Posted 9 days ago

Pilgrimage does a fine job side-stepping expectations and injects some 21st century life into a 13th century story.

13th Century Story Gets 21st Century Treatment in ‘Pilgrimage’
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‘Paint it Black’ is the directorial debut of actress Amber Tamblyn, and deals with the loss of loved ones in this grief-stricken drama.

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This is no dog day afternoon when a bank robbery turns deadly in ‘The Vault’.

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‘Dave Made a Maze’ explores what happens when a little imagination turns into the adventure of a lifetime.

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‘Icarus’ is a thrilling, frighteningly relevant documentary that may go a long way toward explaining the danger of any state propaganda machine.

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Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’s real triumph is that it tells a cohesive story out of so many jagged parts, and does it with an energy that was reflective of that special moment in time.

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13th Century Story Gets 21st Century Treatment in ‘Pilgrimage’

by Warren Cantrell August 11, 2017 Print Reviews
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Pilgrimage does a fine job side-stepping expectations and injects some 21st century life into a 13th century story.

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Criterion restores lost classic ‘The Breaking Point’ on Blu-ray

by Eric Melin August 10, 2017 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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These features and this restoration of Michael Curtiz’s The Breaking Point make a great case for this overlooked film joining the discussion of classic-era Hollywood all-timers.

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EMOTIONAL AFTERSHOCKS ABOUND IN ‘AFTER LOVE’

by Warren Cantrell August 9, 2017 Print Reviews
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After Love transcends culture and language to tell a story that is as universal as the very concept of love itself. Come for the drama, stay for the humanity: it’s worth it.

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‘Detroit’ reflects our country’s racial divide

by Tim English August 4, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘Detroit’ is a good film that relays an important story that sadly hammers home how little things have change and how far we have to in our battle with racism. Playing out like an expensive reenactment of the tragedy, though, it feels like there is too much story for a feature film.

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‘LANDLINE’ FAILS TO CONNECT

by Warren Cantrell August 4, 2017 Print Reviews
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For non-New Yorkers looking for something more than just a car-wash-style march through the sitcom talking points of young adulthood and infidelity, ‘Landline’ might come off as somewhat lacking.

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‘FUN MOM DINNER’ SERVES UP THE LAUGHS

by Warren Cantrell August 4, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘Fun Mom Dinner’ knows what it wants to do, and goes after it with a fearless attitude and hard-R-rating sensibilities.

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Criterion Blu-ray Illuminates Tarkvoksy’s Challenging, Deliberate ‘Stalker’

by Eric Melin July 28, 2017 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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Stalker, released originally in 1979, is a challenging piece of cinema. It’s a lengthy, talky quest for meaning, punctuated by long takes and huge moments of silence.

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‘Atomic Blonde’ Let Down by Script

by Eric Melin July 28, 2017 Print Reviews
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Atomic Blonde’s script, adapted from a graphic novel, is too clever for its own good, with twists that are obvious from the get-go, and a whole lot of misplaced sympathy that its characters never earn.

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‘Dunkirk’: Visually stunning, emotionally empty

by Tim English July 21, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘Dunkirk’ is an amazing visual achievement but feels as void of heart and character as it is full of filmmaking craftsmanship.

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‘SCORE: A Film Music Documentary’ hits the right notes

by Joe Jarosz July 21, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘SCORE: A Film Music Documentary’ opens at Screenland at Tapcade today. This is a full, encompassing look at film scores, starting with the beginning of film and organists in the theaters to modern-day movies and the full orchestras they incorporate.

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