Spy vs. Spry
Posted 16 hours ago

A bit clunky at times, Our Kind of Traitor is still a gripping spy yarn that forgoes the Bond and Borne tropes in exchange for a more cerebral, character-driven adventure.…

‘Our Kind of Traitor’ is Bond-Lite, But Goes Down Easy
Mixed Bag of Jones
Posted 8 days ago

Free State of Jones is not a 100% historically accurate snapshot in time—it has epic span and portrays Knight’s myth through the lens of today’s social climate.

‘Free State of Jones’: Well-Intentioned With Mixed Results
And Away Viggo
Posted 18 days ago

The sold-out event saw Mr. Mortensen receive his SIFF career achievement award as well, and amounted to a brilliant send-off to a festival that clearly saved the best for last.…

SIFF 2016: A Tribute to Viggo Mortensen
Feel the Berns
Posted 21 days ago

'Bang! The Bert Berns Story' is a documentary about the eccentric, troubled, brilliant songwriter/music producer, and despite the fact that it is the work of an obvious ally (Berns’ son,…

SIFF 2016: ‘Bang! The Bert Berns Story’ Movie Review
The Sour of Babel
Posted 22 days ago

At a time when Russia is once again rattling its international sabre, and clamping down on civil liberties, a documentary exploring one Soviet writer’s persecution at the hands of Stalin…

SIFF 2016: ‘Finding Babel’ Movie Review
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A bit clunky at times, Our Kind of Traitor is still a gripping spy yarn that forgoes the Bond and Borne tropes in exchange for a more cerebral, character-driven adventure.

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Free State of Jones is not a 100% historically accurate snapshot in time—it has epic span and portrays Knight’s myth through the lens of today’s social climate.

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The sold-out event saw Mr. Mortensen receive his SIFF career achievement award as well, and amounted to a brilliant send-off to a festival that clearly saved the best for last.

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‘Bang! The Bert Berns Story’ is a documentary about the eccentric, troubled, brilliant songwriter/music producer, and despite the fact that it is the work of an obvious ally (Berns’ son, Brett Berns, directed the effort), it is unflinching in its portrayal of Berns as simultaneously brilliant and flawed.

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At a time when Russia is once again rattling its international sabre, and clamping down on civil liberties, a documentary exploring one Soviet writer’s persecution at the hands of Stalin and the U.S.S.R.’s secret police feels all-too timely.

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SIFF 2016: ‘Vanity’ (La Vanité) Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell June 7, 2016 Print Reviews
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Currently playing at the Seattle International Film Festival, Vanity is by far the best film playing there right now, and shouldn’t be missed by anyone who has 75 minutes to spare on a truly remarkable cinematic experience.

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SIFF 2016: ‘Full Court: The Spencer Haywood Story’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell June 3, 2016 Print Reviews
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Full Court is playing at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, and isn’t a bad watch by any means. Spencer Haywood’s story is an interesting one, and his documentary is forthright as it concerns the good as well as the bad in the man’s life. Yet the picture doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel when it comes to its presentation.

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SIFF 2016: ‘Paralytic’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell June 3, 2016 Print Reviews
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Currently playing at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, Paralytic is so soul-crushingly bad that it actually makes other movies seem better by comparison, so if nothing else, it might be worth a watch just as a palate cleanser.

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SIFF 2016: ‘The Final Master’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell May 31, 2016 Print Reviews
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Currently playing at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, The Final Master is almost worth checking out for the visual feast that it is, and as a credit to the fine acting involved. It’s just too bad that the rest of the pieces couldn’t stick their respective landings.

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SIFF 2016: An Evening With Molly Shannon

by Warren Cantrell May 25, 2016 Blogs
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Molly Shannon is interviewed by Warren before Q&A and screening of ‘Other People’ at the Seattle International Film Festival!

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SIFF 2016: ‘Finding Kim’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell May 24, 2016 Print Reviews
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Although Finding Kim does a great job filling in the blank spaces of its primary subject’s life with friend interviews, along with other transitioned folks, the answer to this question remains elusive.

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SIFF 2016: ‘The Weekend Sailor’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell May 20, 2016 Print Reviews
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‘The Weekend Sailor’ isn’t a hard-hitting investigation or a thought-provoking exploration of anything beyond what can happen when you believe in yourself and your dreams. Although this might leave some people wanting, for those looking for an entertaining, feel-good story with a cast of colorful characters, this documentary fits the bill.

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‘Louder Than Bombs’ But Just as Powerful

by Joe Jarosz April 28, 2016 Print Reviews
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There are a few scenes that are over-the-top and dramatic for the sake of being dramatic, but ultimately, the film delivers with its message that labels are only as important as we want them to be. In the end, we all die and the impact we have on someone’s life will change through their grieving process. See this film then ask yourself what your legacy will be with family and friends.

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‘Son of Saul’ Offers a Truly Original Depiction of The Holocaust on Blu-ray

by Eric Melin April 26, 2016 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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Son of Saul is a one-of-a kind immersive experience that gives stark glimpses of death-camp murder and madness with a frightening frankness.

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Criterion Blu-ray of David Lean’s ‘Brief Encounter’ is Exquisite

by Eric Melin April 25, 2016 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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‘Brief Encounter’ is David Lean’s exquisite romantic drama that seems simple on the surface, but even in the face of the extra-marital affair at is heart, it has a heightened sense of morality.

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