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Review: Oscar-nominated COLD WAR

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Review: Oscar-nominated COLD WAR

By Josh Muchly Upshot: Two artists, Zula (Joanna Kulig) and Wiktor ( Tomasz Kot) fall in love in communist Poland post-WWII. However, their yearning for one another, their artistic endeavors and, indeed, their very survival keep them from a lasting union even as their fates continue to intertwine. Rundown: Though the most talked-about foreign film in this awards […]

Q&A: writer/director Marianne Farley on Oscar-nomimated MARGUERITE

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Q&A: writer/director Marianne Farley on Oscar-nomimated MARGUERITE

By Josh MUCHLY This short film centers on the friendship between an aging woman, Marguerite (played by Béatrice Picard) and her nurse, Rachel (Sandrine Bisson); their interactions allow Marguerite to rediscover long-buried feelings and make peace with her past. The film was nominated for an Academy Award, and writer/director Marianne Farley was gracious enough to […]

Review: SHOPLIFTERS

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Review: SHOPLIFTERS

By Josh Muchly Upshot: This Japanese film (originally titled “Manbiki kazoku”) centers on a stitched-together clan of small-time crooks who take the risk of harboring a young girl — named Yuri — they find outside in the cold, even as their own struggle for survival is faltering. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in […]

Stream-In: a review of OCEAN’S EIGHT (2018)

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Stream-In: a review of OCEAN’S EIGHT (2018)

By Josh Muchly They made a list and checked it twice, but didn’t reward the good girls and boys for watching. Upshot: Ocean’s Eight centers on Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), Danny Ocean’s never-before-mentioned sister as she corrals an all-female crew to attempt a heist at New York City’s Met Gala. Ultimately, the film is about as […]

Re-View: PIRATE RADIO (2009)

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Re-View: PIRATE RADIO (2009)

By Josh Muchly Upshot: According to IMDb, Pirate Radio (2009) is about “[a] band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves.” High-point: The soundtrack. The film is laden with tracks from The Beach Boys, David […]

Review: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (2018)

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Review: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (2018)

By Josh Muchly Upshot: This is an animated Spider-Man movie that centers on Miles Morales (played by rising star Sameik Moore), a talented high-school kid of Latino and African-American descent. “[F]or about two days he’s been the ONLY Spider-Man.” This is the first theatrical Spider-Man film without Peter Parker in the spotlight; however, Parker (among other […]

MARY POPPINS RETURNS Review

MARY POPPINS RETURNS Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Blunt plays an arch, aloof and sly Mary Poppins. And Miranda can rap but not sing. There is no chemistry between them. I never saw the 1964 Disney classic (quelle horreur!), so I can easily review MARY POPPINS RETURNS without referencing or comparing it to the original. I do not […]

ROMA Movie Review

ROMA Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic I felt bad for the family dog. The Las Vegas Film Critics Society – of which I am a member – named Alfonso Cuaron’s ROMA it’s Best Picture for 2018. Unlike Cuaron, I have “childhood amnesia.” Cuaron has lovingly and in obsessive detail reimagined his childhood growing up in Mexico […]

Q&A: writer/director Alessandro Grande on short film BISMILLAH

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Q&A: writer/director Alessandro Grande on short film BISMILLAH

By Josh Muchly This short film from writer/director Alessandro Grande follows SAMIRA — a 10-year and Tunisian immigrant —  as she attempts to find a doctor who’ll help her sick brother while navigating the complexities of living undocumented in Italy. Allesandro was kind enough to answer some questions about the film. Informer Media Group: Hello, […]

Review: THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS

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Review: THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS

By Josh Muchly Upshot: This film, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is comprised of six short stories set in the West during the Victorian Era. These stories are presented as “chapters,” but as a narrative are essentially unconnected. Though flawed, the film is expertly crafted by the Coen Brothers and will be considered among their greatest achievements. They […]

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