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Other Gems of Robin Williamsnew

When actor Robin Williams passed away at age 63, the entertainment world lost one of its sharpest wits and most diverse talents.
Jackson Free Press  |  Micah Smith  |  10-03-2014  |  Movies

Filthy and Respectable — a Q&A with John Watersnew

The famed director and Pope of Trash rides a wave of recent success into a celebratory show for the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival's 25th.
Creative Loafing (Tampa)  |  Julie Garisto  |  10-02-2014  |  Profiles & Interviews

Undone by Broad Strokes: Historic LGBT Battle in the UK Goes Soft

All attempts fail at forcing a by-the-numbers narrative template on a fact-based story about unlikely bedfellows uniting against Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's mid '80s reign of anti-union and anti-gay rhetoric and public policies.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  09-29-2014  |  Movies

Box of Trash: Laika Animation Goes Backwards

This animated 3D children’s picture is as clumsy, tone-deaf, and useless as they come. Laika, the Oregon animation production company behind “Coraline” (2009) and “ParaNorman” (2012) takes more than a few a steps backward.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  09-22-2014  |  Reviews

Joyous Bluesnew

New doc spotlights the musical wanderings of Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Nicole Gluckstern  |  09-22-2014  |  Profiles & Interviews

Less Than Zero: Terry Gilliam Slips On a Virtual Banana Peel

Terry Gilliam’s further slide down the stairs of filmic entropy is best summed up in an oft-repeated phrase by his latest film’s hypochondriac protagonist Qohen Leth, “Q” for short. “We are dying.”
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  09-15-2014  |  Reviews

One-Woman Revolution: 
Charlotte Roche’s Novel Goes Big, and Nasty

Challenging and provocative, co-writer/director David Wnendt’s nervy adaptation of Charlotte Roche’s long-presumed unfilmable popular novel breaks new cinematic ground.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  09-08-2014  |  Reviews

Oh Canada: We Do Love Your Film Festivalnew

392 films, 28 screens and a lot of popcorn.
Boise Weekly  |  George Prentice  |  09-04-2014  |  Movies

Pro-Israel Propaganda: Elvis Style

A shoe-in for a spot on the worst movies of 2014 list, this poorly constructed slice of filmic propaganda, courtesy of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (the MJAA), is so unintentionally campy you can’t help but laugh.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  09-02-2014  |  Reviews

Black, White, and Red: Greed, Lust, and Violence Do It Again for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriquez

Oozing with more hard-boiled wit than two Dashiell Hammett novels put together, and more visually compelling than every comic-book movie Hollywood has put out in the past three-years combined, “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is an action-packed feast.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  08-26-2014  |  Reviews

Zeitgeist: John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Get Married

Although it suffers from a glaring third-act jump that makes you wonder where four or five ostensibly missing scenes went, “Love Is Strange” resonates as a heartfelt allegory about committed gay relationships in modern day America.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  08-19-2014  |  Reviews

Straight Man — Funny Man — Both Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon Take Another Bath Together

You couldn’t pick two more entertaining companions to go with on a filmic road trip in Italy than Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  08-12-2014  |  Reviews

Mixing Menus: Overdo Foodie Movie Arrives With the Hallström Seal

The foodie-romance genre has been oddly absent from American cinema lately. It’s been seven long years since “Ratatouille” (2007) reminded audiences about their taste buds.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  08-04-2014  |  Movies

Life in Dark and Lightnew

Roger Ebert's life story, told in the format he loved so much, is one of the year's best films.
Tucson Weekly  |  Bob Grimm  |  07-29-2014  |  Movies

Prolific But Redundant — Woody’s Same Old Song and Dance

Woody Allen has mastered the art of making the same trivial film over and over again.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  07-28-2014  |  Movies

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