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Movie Review: I, Daniel Blake (2016)

It’s pitch dark. We see nothing. Only hear hollow voices as routine questions are asked and forms are filled. No context whatsoever. Yet we slowly and silently find ourselves rooting for the individual answering the increasingly absurd questionnaire. That’s when we find ourselves rooted in the character that will be leading the whole film. That’s…

Movie Review: Bernie and Rebecca (2016)

Movies often attempt to capture the breadth of a whole life fully lived, but few do so with little more than a single breath. That’s the aim of the lovely little short Bernie and Rebecca, which elliptically plays the part of a comedy at either end of its running time, while segueing sweetly into more…

Movie Review: The Boss (2016)

The problem with modern comedies is, well, most just aren’t funny. They take ridiculous, over-the-top situations (which is not entirely bad unto itself), but add a healthy dose of violence, profanity and toilet humor. In the case of a self-parody or genre-bending tale like “This Is the End,” these ingredients usually work; for something like…

Feature: Top 10 Manipulative Movie Mothers

Manipulation comes in all forms of misleading faces — misguided love, abuse, aggression, guilt, fear, disillusionment, sadness, blackmail, etc. However, when manipulation is used as a tool from one of the most nurturing souls imaginable (read: Your mother) then there is a disruptive element bound to tarnish the special bond meant to connect between mother…

Movie Review: Beasts of No Nation (2015)

It’s not always easy to do the right thing, even in a stable world. When the going gets tough, you know you’re supposed to do what’s right, but instead you do wrong. That’s the unfortunate reality of our responses to everyday situations . . . but what happens when your support system is gone? What…

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