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BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY Review and Interview

BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY Review and Exclusive Interview Coming to an arthouse near you this weekend is the documentary, directed by award-winning journalist and filmmaker Civia Tamarkin, and co-written and produced by award-winning filmmaker Luchina Fisher, Birthright: A War Story.  Why do we need another documentary on what seems to be about the pro-life verses …

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Stronger review: An Unflinching Biopic of A Man Becoming More Than ‘Boston Strong”

Stronger, a bio-pic about Jeff Bauman, who struggled back after losing his legs in the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon, is another example that Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays the reluctant real-life hero, is drawn to scripts that don’t sugar-coat or shine experiences.  He clearly likes to portray characters, whether based in reality or fiction, …

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Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

The film about the famed Riggs vs. King match shows how little has changed: This week brings Battle of the Sexes, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the team that brought us the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine, about the 1973 tennis match between the best female player in the world at the time, Billie …

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DOLORES Documentary Review and Exclusive Interview: A Powerful Look at the Life of an Activist

Dolores, a new documentary about the co-founder of the United Farm Workers, sheds light on one of the many important female figures of change in the 20th century who have not gotten their due. You know who coined the famous slogan “Si se Puede”, or YES WE CAN? No, it wasn’t Cesar Chavez, and it wasn’t …

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Crown Heights Review and Interview: A Moving Story of Justice in an Unjust World

Opening this weekend is Crown Heights, a new film from writer/director Matt Ruskin. It is based on a true story that is both horrifying and all too timely. It also illustrates the best and worst of what humanity can be. A teenager was gunned down in Brooklyn, New York in 1980, and the police arrested …

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Action Distraction: The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Logan Lucky reviews

There are two action films being delivered this weekend that might be perfect for those needing a break dealing with the reality without resorting to prescription drugs.  That’s what movies are for, right? The first, Hitman’s Bodyguard, is a throwback to the 80s action flicks where quips and kabooms were nearly entirely the basis for success. The …

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Step review: Director Amanda Lipitz’s Documentary Shows What Committed Community Can Do

New this week in limited release is a documentary from director/producer Amanda Lipitz called Step.  In a new all female charter school called Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, or BLSYW, the step team is influencing the members’ lives both on and off stage. The film follows these girls as they are empowered by their …

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Kathryn Bigelow’s DETROIT elicits equal parts rage and heartache

Director Kathryn Bigelow not only excels at leaning into difficult subjects from the recent past, she thrives on it.  With both The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, she knew she would be courting controversy by bringing to light aspects of the Iraqi War and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and she did it …

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“Women Rocking Hollywood” Panel a Spectacular Success at San Diego Comic-Con 2017!

Women Rocking Hollywood 2017 was Victoria Mahoney, Aurora Guerrero, Tina Mabry, Rosemary Rodriguez, Angela Robinson, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Kirsten Schaffer. All Hollywood Powerhouses!  Such graciousness and talent. It’s incredible to me that at SDCC, in an environment full of famous people and A-listers, I would not trade for anyone within a 5 mile radius, the female …

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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Review- Welcome to the Web-slinging Breakfast Club

Who knew anyone would care to see yet another incarnation of the web slinger? Spider-Man has been rebooted repeatedly, and without much time between versions brought to the screen.  Somehow, though, the cinematic supergroup co-producing and distributing Spider-Man Homecoming, Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios, and Sony Pictures, have found a way to set our spider senses …

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