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Power to the Protest : 5 Inspirational Documentaries to Prepare You for the Women’s March on Washington

Perhaps you’ve heard. There’s a peaceful transition of power happening in Washington DC this weekend. Also happening this weekend is potentially one of the largest protest gatherings in recorded history. There are hundreds of thousands making their voices of dissent heard by marching in Washington, but with numbers reaching over a million by being augmented …

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SILENCE Movie Review: Scorsese’s Meditation on Faith

If God is silent in the presence of human suffering, is he a god worth praising? Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE, a brutal film that leaves the viewer with that question and many others about faith, sacrifice, and what constitutes godliness, is being released nationwide this weekend. This has been the director’s passion project most of his …

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The Ten Best Women-Directed Films of 2016

The Ten Best Women-Directed Films of 2016 With the beginning of 2017, we have to stay positive about the changes, however slow, that are happening in the film community for women in film.  Parity won’t ever happen without agitating for equality and consideration in terms of women film directors and all production artists working below …

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LA LA LAND Review: A Lover of Old Musicals Makes New Hollywood Classic

You’ve seen Rogue One.  Now what?  How about seeing the movie that will likely win Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, and might even become you new favorite movie?  How about a movie that is so wonderful, even advance buzz didn’t crush the enthusiasm of hundreds of critics around the world?  Presenting LA LA LAND. …

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ROGUE ONE: A Review and 10 Spoiler-Free Things to Know About the Film

When a friend asked about ROGUE ONE just after my screening of it, I said, “It’s The Empire Strikes Back, if that movie were a one-off, only ROGUE ONE is darker”…and that’s a good description of it, because this new installment to the franchise, which is a prequel of sorts to A NEW HOPE, could …

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JACKIE Movie Review: Portman is Perfection in a Pill Box Hat

Most Americans can remember exactly what they were doing when the towers fell on 9/11.  It is the national tragedy that connects us all.  Before that, though, there was another day of communal sadness and shock in this country.  For people of a certain age, it’s the day that John F. Kennedy was killed. Everyone …

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THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN review: Sweet Sharp-Edged Cinema

If any of you people have more than five years in the rearview mirror of leaving yourself at seventeen behind, let me remind you.  It isn’t any kind of fun.  I mean, Janis Ian’s song says it all.  In case you’d like a refresher, this week’s release THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is ready and able …

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review: J.K. AND CREW CREATE LOVABLE BEASTS

Fans of all things Harry Potter have been anxiously awaiting FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM since they announced Harry Potter series creator J.K. Rowling herself was writing the script. Her involvement automatically, and in all ways, makes this new film series canon. Fans already know a lot about the lead character Newt Scamander, …

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Making Moana: An interview with the film’s Art Director of Characters Bill Schwab

Disney’s new release, Moana, has been a long labor of love by the production team headed by directors Ron Clements and John Musker. The artistic braintrust behind The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Princess and the Frog brought together a group of passionate animators and artists to build the movie from the ground up. One of …

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ARRIVAL Movie Review: Amy Adams Brings Home the Independent, Unwavering Spirit and Brainpower of All Women

ARRIVAL is the science fiction film for people who avoid them because they see them as vapid, effects-driven, plot deficient time-drains.  Fans loyal to the genre will also embrace the film, which is about a linguist who is tasked with translating the language of recently landed aliens, in order to open inter-species communications.  Auteur director …

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