Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke in MISTRESS AMERICA.

Film Review: MISTRESS AMERICA

A Screwball Comedy For The Delusional Drifter

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Ennui, ennui, ennui, ennui, ennui. A little ennui by itself is, of course, boring by definition. But a whole carload of ennui – now that might be interesting to look at. Send that car to a fancy house in upper New York, and then you might really have something. So seems the reasoning behind the […]

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Film Review: NO ESCAPE

Owen Wilson once again finds himself "Behind Enemy Lines"

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At the tail end of summer comes a suspenseful film from John Erick Dowdle, who is better known for directing such horror films as As Above/So Below, Quarantine, and Devil.  Here, Dowdle switches gears to direct No Escape, about a family moving from Austin, TX to somewhere in Southeast Asia that the movie never makes […]

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Film Review: Hitman: Agent 47

Another Hitman film has been assassinated

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Chalk this one up to another “the sequel/re-boot” no one was asking for.  Hitman, was a 2007 film staring Timothy Olyphant (Live Free or Die Hard) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion, The Water Diviner) about an assassin without feeling who begins to “feel” emotions within after encountering a mysterious Russian woman. This leads […]

William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal's debates revisited  in BEST OF ENEMIES.

Film Review: BEST OF ENEMIES

Buckley v. Vidal, 1968: What Hath It Wrought??

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Political discourse. We yell, we shout, we take sides. We get passionate and righteous, fuming and indignant. We hold our ground in our ideological spheres. Dismissal of our opposition comes quickly, almost as quickly our initial judgement of them. After all, it’s what they do on TV. It started innocently enough. In 1968, with the […]

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Film Review: The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Bel Powley is dynamite as a girl at the confusing intersection of love, lust, and longing

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Note: Let me be honest with you up front. I am not going to recommend that you see The Diary of a Teenage Girl. I am also not not going to recommend The Diary of a Teenage Girl. The movie earns its R-rating, and then some, with strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, and […]

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Film Review: AMERICAN ULTRA

Ultra Violent, Yet Ultra Forgettable

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We‘ve seen a lot of Americans at the movies in the past decade or so. American Beauty, American Sniper, American Gangster, American Movie, American Hustle, American Hardcore, American Pie – the list goes on. It’s been a veritable melting pot of national introspection/navel gazing. But every pot has its boiling point, and with American Ultra, we […]

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Film Review/Commentary: Audacity

Maybe "love can't stay silent", but it could try listening for a change

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Ray Comfort is a Christian minister, apologist and evangelist, known for his partnership with Kirk Cameron and his “man on the street” interview style evangelism. Typically, Comfort “gotchas” strangers into admitting that they’ve broken one or more of the Ten Commandments, and are thereby destined for hell. Without regard for whether these people know anything […]

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Reel Theology: Little Boy

A mustard seed and the power of faith and forgiveness fuels this new DVD release

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This week, a very small film about very big notions will arrive on Blu-Ray and DVD.  Little Boy tells the story of a boy who is very small for his age but who dreams big, sharing fantastic adventures with his dad as they act out their favorite adventures from their comic-book hero Ben Eagle.  While […]

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Film Review: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

Stylish Spy Caper is a worthy successor to the TV series

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There have been countless film adaptations of classic television shows, most of them failures (Mod Squad, The Beverly Hillbillies, McHale’s Navy), with a precious few successes (The Addams Family, Get Smart, Mission: Impossible). These movies work best when they respect the source material rather than mocking it, camping it up or ripping it from its […]