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  • CIFF 2021- “Hit the Road” Is the Best Directorial Debut of the Year: Film Capsule Review

    CIFF 2021- “Hit the Road” Is the Best Directorial Debut of the Year: Film Capsule Review

    Move aside Green Book! Panah Panahi’s Hit the Road is the most emotionally-impactful road trip films of recent memory and quite possibly the best directorial debut of the year. A slightly mysterious family road trip across the rugged Iranian landscape proves to be fertile ground for heart, humor, and pangs of sorrow. The extreme wide, […]

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  • Adam Robitel’s “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions”: Film Review

    Adam Robitel’s “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions”: Film Review

    Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kreuger, Michael Myers. The biggest draw to most horror-thriller franchises are sociopathic marquee murderers. Yet Escape Room: Tournament of Champions manages to uniquely thrive by placing focus on the characters’ environments, in this case intricately designed escape rooms, to develop thrills. While many might liken the reliance on the dangerous rooms to […]

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  • David Gelb’s “Wolfgang”: Film Review

    David Gelb’s “Wolfgang”: Film Review

    “The older a person gets, the more they tend to look back…” Christina Puck More than just a fluff piece, Wolfgang is a reflective journey for the world famous restaurateur. Starting at his days as an impoverished child, the audience is witness to Puck’s constant self-doubt and fear of failure. These early scenes that touch […]

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  • Collin Schiffli’s “Die in a Gunfight”: Film Review

    Collin Schiffli’s “Die in a Gunfight”: Film Review

    From the first ten minutes and all its related marketing materials, Die in a Gunfight is clearly about Ben (Diego Boneta) and Mary (Alexandra Daddario), star-crossed lovers who are trying to run away together. It’s a story as old as time, or at least as far back as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. For some reason […]

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  • Malcolm D. Lee’s “Space Jam: A New Legacy”: Film Review

    Malcolm D. Lee’s “Space Jam: A New Legacy”: Film Review

    The original Space Jam, released in 1996, was designed to reestablish Michael Jordan’s legend status after a two year hiatus from the NBA. While the Looney Tunes are present in the film, Jordan is essentially presented as a savior figure to basketball, as his efforts on the court restored the abilities of his superstar colleagues […]

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  • Navot Papushado’s “Gunpowder Milkshake”: Film Review

    Navot Papushado’s “Gunpowder Milkshake”: Film Review

    About 25 minutes into Gunpowder Milkshake, we see a character lose control of their arms, who then proceeds to fight several hitmen using lethal weapons that are taped to her appendages. It’s a wacky moment full of style that seems to send the message that this isn’t female John Wick. Sure, the plot shares many […]

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  • Cate Shortland’s “Black Widow”: Film Review

    Cate Shortland’s “Black Widow”: Film Review

    February 3rd, 1959: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, three of the musical greats of the 1950s, all tragically perished in a horrific plane crash. It would later be known as “The Day The Music Died” as immortalized by Don McLean in the hit song “American Pie”. McLean’s tune is one filled with […]

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