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Review: A Madea Family Funeral

Review: A Madea Family Funeral

By Kevin Fahey When Tyler Perry announced that his 11th Madea film would be his last, I mourned. Not because of the film’s funeral, but because there would be no more Madea, that wisecracking, brutally honest, sarcastic matriarch of her wayward crazy family. I’ll also miss Perry’s great impersonations of relatives such as this film’s […]

Re-View: AS GOOD AS IT GETS (1997)

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Re-View: AS GOOD AS IT GETS (1997)

By Josh Muchly Upshot: A romantic comedy from James L. Brooks and Mark Andrus, AS GOOD AS IT GETS stars Jack Nicholson as Melvin Udall, a misanthropic author in New York, Helen Hunt as Carol Connelly, a single mother and waitress at Melvin’s favorite restaurant, and Greg Kinnear as Simon Bishop, a gay artist and Melvin’s […]

Q&A: writer/director Nessa Wrafter and producer Clancie Brennan on short film EARLY DAYS

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Q&A: writer/director Nessa Wrafter and producer Clancie Brennan on short film EARLY DAYS

By Josh Muchly EARLY DAYS is a short film centering on Kate, a new mother struggling with postpartum depression and navigating expectations regarding maternity. Writer/director Nessa Wrafter and producer Clancie Brennan were kind enough to answer some questions about this compelling film. Informer Media Group: Hi, you two. Thank you so much for answering some […]

Review: CAT STICKS from the Sundance Film Festival

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Review: CAT STICKS from the Sundance Film Festival

By Josh Muchly Upshot: Premiering at this year’s Sundance, CAT STICKS is a black and white film from India, the singular film from that country at the annual festival. Based in Calcutta and presented in Hindi, first-time writer/ director Ronny Sen centers the film on people towards the fringes of society — due to unfortunate happenstance […]

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 […]

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