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Movie Review: ‘Softness of Bodies’ at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival

Charlotte Parks lives in Berlin; Charlotte hula hoops; Charlotte is a cyclist, Charlotte is a poet; Charlotte rolls her own cigarettes; Charlotte is a shoplifter and Charlotte is going to face a reckoning . . . maybe, maybe not. Charlotte, … Continue reading

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

Brain Banks‘ story is a familiar and a tragic one that has gotten a lot of attention over the years. Now it’s being told in a major feature directed by Tom Shadyac. Tom Shadyac took on this independent project as director … Continue reading

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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: ‘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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Movies Till Dawn: The Other Side of Summer Edition

“Hot Summer Nights” (2018, Lionsgate) Lonely Timothee Chalamet finds distraction from the loss of his father in selling marijuana with small town demi-god Alex Roe and his bad-girl sister Maika Monroe (“It Follows”) on Cape Cod circa 1991. First time … 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: ‘Making Montgomery Clift’ at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival

The Clash’s The Right Profile comes bubbling through my consciousness whenever the topic of screen legend Montgomery Clift—”Monty”—comes up. The jaunty tune easily catches your attention in a sing-a-long fashion, along with references to the dark undertow that accompanies Clift’s … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Birds, Bone and Bean Edition

“The Yellow Birds” (2017, Lionsgate) Adaptation of Kevin Powers’ much-celebrated novel traces the conflicts in war and at home endured by two American soldiers during the Gulf War. Alden Ehrenreich and Tye Sheridan are two sides of the same untested … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Political Animals” at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival

Sheila Kuehl, a child actress and one time regular as Zelda on Dobie Gillis, finds her political footing in California’s political theater as the first openly gay state Senator. “Political Animals” is the story of four openly gay elected state politicians, … Continue reading

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