Guest Review – Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales (2017)

Directed By: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg Written By: Jeff Nathanson Runtime: 2 hrs 9 minutes When I saw the first trailer for the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, I nearly sprained my eyeballs from rolling them so hard. While the first movie was enjoyable and still holds up as a fun adventure flick fourteen years later, …

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5 Fave Roger Moore Bond Scenes – You will be missed Sir Roger!

I was saddened to learn on Tuesday May 23 that Sir Roger Moore has passed away in Switzerland after losing a battle with cancer at the age of 89. He's the first 007 actor who's left us 😦 I hadn't heard much about him in the past few years, though I remember reading last year …

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Guest Review: Everything, Everything (2017)

Directed By: Stella Meghie Written By: J. Mills Goodloe (screenplay) based on a book by Nicola Yoon Runtime: 1 hr 36 minutes I went into Everything, Everything with somewhat low expectations. There are very few romance movies that I enjoy, and one based off a young adult novel seemed even less appealing. The trailers looked cheesy and predictable, …

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FlixChatter Review – ALIEN: Covenant (2017)

When Ridley Scott announced that he’s going back to the Alien franchise again 5 years ago, many fans were very excited. Even though he didn’t say it at the time, 2012’s Prometheus was a prequel to his original Alien film. There were quite a lot of excitement for Scott’s first sci-fi picture in many years …

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Guest Review: The Promise (2017)

Directed By: Terry George Written By: Terry George, Robin Swicord Runtime: 2 hrs 13 minutes It has taken more than ten years for Terry George to return from Hotel Rwanda with another sweeping historical narrative – again about genocide. The Promise is a sobering, beautiful disappointment. The film has a beautiful score and decent cinematography, but is …

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Mini Reviews of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 & Colossal

Hello there folks! It feels like it's been ages since I wrote my last review, but it's actually just a week ago. Well, I saw two Charlie Hunnam films in two weeks… The Lost City of Z and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. I really enjoyed both, the latter is enjoyable though probably not your thing if you don't like Guy …

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Guest Review: CHRISTINE (2016)

Written/Directed By: Antonio Campos Cast: Rebecca Hall, Tracy Letts, J. Smith-Cameron, Michael C. Hall Runtime: 1 hr 59 minutes Depression and suicide do not make pretty subjects for a film. It is easy to produce a voyeuristic essay that exploits someone’s despair and self-destruction, but portraying tragedy without sensationalising or trivialising it is as tough as …

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TCFF Insider Series: BETTA FISH script reading & Interview w/ screenwriter Joshua Barsness

Next Tuesday, TCFF is hosting a screenplay reading BETTA FISH written by Josh Barsness, as part of its Insider Series events. This informal reading serves as a kick-off event for the Minnesota film project of the feature length script, it will be performed by a group of professional actors. When TCFF Managing Director Bill Cooper asked me to …

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MSPIFF Double Documentary Reviews: Chavela and Untouchable (2017)

CHAVELA Directed By: Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes Like most 20-something-year-old Midwesterners, I had never heard of Chavela Vargas. I might have heard some of her music in college, but I didn’t know her name-or her incredible history-until I saw Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi’s documentary chronicling her unconventional musical career, …

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