Tag Archives: coming-of-age

Movie Review: ‘In Reality’ at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival

“In Reality” is a millennial “love story” or really not a “love story” at all, but an analysis, or an observation of the breakdown of what “romantic love” is, is not, and never was as seen by the humorously watchful eye … Continue reading

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Movie Review: ‘Solace’ at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival

Sole, played by Hope Olaide Wilson, finds herself untethered from the life she knows after her father’s death. She is subsequently unable to fulfill her dream of going to Africa with her mentor, Keynah, played by Jean Nadine, who has tied Sole … Continue reading

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Movie Review: ‘Spell’ at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival

Barak Hardley wrote and starred in this odd, dark, and fanciful slacker thriller/creepy drama. The movie opens with Benny, a comic illustrator played by Barak, randomly arriving in Reykjavik Iceland. There is an air of confusion about why he’s in Reykjavik, but … Continue reading

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Movie Review: ‘SOCRATES’ at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival

Socrates is a gritty and emotionally charged Brazilian indie by writer/director Alex Moratto. The plot centers on a a 15 year old boy, Christian Malheiros as Socrates, whose life is forever changed after his mother’s unexpected and inexplicable death in São Paulo’s ghetto of … Continue reading

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Movie Review: ‘Saint Judy’ at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival

“Saint Judy” has a stellar cast of fine actors that include: Leem Lubany as Asefa Ashwari, Common as Benjamin Adebayo, Alfre Woodard as Judge Benton, Alfred Molina as Ray Hernandez and Michelle Monaghan as Judy Wood. Together they bring the real-life story of immigration lawyer Judy Wood to life on … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Enigmatic “I Kill Giants”

Based on the graphic novel by Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Niimura, “I Kill Giants” is the heartfelt story of a very clever, imaginative young girl who has convinced herself that she must protect her town from killer giants. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Standing Up”

[youtube]qwpTaamK4Uo[/youtube] Standing Up, directed by D.J. Caruso, is based on the 1987 young adult book The Goats by Brock Cole. It’s about two nerdy kids at summer camp – pragmatic Howie (Chandler Canterbury) and sensitive Grace (Annalise Basso) – who … Continue reading

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