Quinn Shephard Crafts Immersive, Crucible Inspired World With ‘Blame’

Blame
Like J. Alfred Prufrock, I really have no idea how to proceed, but I’ll start with this; Blame is an accomplished, fully realized narrative. If you love layered storytelling that turns on a dime, then this film should be up your alley. There’s a ton of reasons  I’m enamored with Blame, but let’s start with the obvious . . .

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‘The Strange Ones’ Review: Mysteries Breathe Life Into Memorable Thriller

The Strange Ones
Running at a lean and mean 82-minutes, The Strange Ones is a thriller that journeys into a dark, seemingly unforgivable space and leaves us there to find our way back into the light. Some moviegoers may turn the other direction at abstract storytelling, but I was hooked from the get go. 

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‘A Movie A Day’ Week Three: ‘Mudbound’ And ‘The Set-Up’

Mudbound - Netflix
It’s week three of my “A Movie A Day” quest, and there’s two movies I can highly recommend as well as briefly discuss a flick that was a surprise disappointment (hint: it deals with a super pig!). More below, as well as a set up to my set-up!! Pardon the pun as you soon will see . . .

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Flipping the Script on ‘The Golden Compass’

The Golden Compass

Welcome to “Flipping the Script,” a monthly column where I reconsider recent films that have been panned, frowned upon, or simply under appreciated. I believe that movies should speak to us on a deep, personal level, and this column will consist of films that have done that for me despite widespread derision or apathy. Join me on my noble quest for cinematic redemption!

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Movie Pick: Vittorio De Sica’s Brilliant ‘Il Boom’ Hits Beverly Hills

IL Boom
Italian filmmaker Vittorio De Sica is revered for his prodigious contributions to neorealism, as Shoeshine, Umberto D, and Bicycle Thieves have made their respective marks in cinema. A digital restoration of Il Boom, a 1963 comedy drama that has never before been released, is now playing at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills (July 21-27). Details on the film is featured after the jump!

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‘Those Left Behind’ Is A Family Drama That’s Right On Time

Frank Griffo and Daphne Zuniga in "Those Left Behind"
Jack Griffo and Daphne Zuniga in “Those Left Behind”

In Burnt Norton, T.S. Eliot reflects that “time present and time past” also resides in “time future.” With her evocative and refreshingly subtle feature Those Left Behind, director Maria Finitzo weaves the story of a family where time is as still as the tranquil surroundings of their lake house.

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CinemAddicts Episode 1: The Revenant, Anomalisa, The Abandoned

Lousia Krause & Jason Patric in "The Abandoned," one of the films reviewed on CinemAddicts Episode 1.
Lousia Krause & Jason Patric in “The Abandoned,” one of the films reviewed on CinemAddicts Episode 1.

One of my biggest “jobs” of 2016, along with watching 1,000 movies by year’s end, is growing CinemAddicts, a new show that I’ve started with Anderson Cowan.  Our first episode, which debuted this week on Soundcloud, features reviews of the new films The Revenant, Anomalisa, and The Abandoned (opening January 8 in select theaters and on VOD.

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Film Review: Sensational “Grandma” Will Touch Your Heart

Left to right: Lily Tomlin as Elle and Julia Garner as Sage Photo by Glen Wilson, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Written and directed by Paul Weitz (Admission, Being Flynn), Grandma is a sensational coming of age story for both the young and older generations that will touch your heart. . The film stars Lily Tomlin (Grandma Elle Reid), Julia Garner (Sage), and Marcia Gay Harden (Judy).

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