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A Comedy with a Double Meaning

A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018) Dir: David Wain Stars: Will Forte, Domhnall Gleason, Matt Walsh, Emmy Rossum and Joel McHale This super-fun comedy is available right now on Netflix, and there are several things it has going for it.  … Continue reading

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Living Through the Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour (2017) Dir: Joe Wright Stars: Gary Oldman, Stephan Dillane, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn and Lily James With the Academy Award nominations nearly upon us, I feel like it’s a great time to talk about Darkest Hour.  There … Continue reading

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I’m Not Letting You Throw Me Out of This Family

The Big Sick (2017) Dir: Michael Showalter Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano and Kurt Braunohler This film is one of the most celebrated independent films of last year, and having seen it, I can tell why.  … Continue reading

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Icarus’ Wings Have Already Burned

Icarus (2017) Dir: Bryan Fogel Stars: Bryan Fogel, Grigory Rodchenkov – and many other real-life characters I remember listening to sports radio years ago – I think it was Dan Patrick, but don’t quote me – and there had been a … Continue reading

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Part 1 – Deadline’s 7th Annual “The Contenders,” A Prelude to Awards Season

*** Special Post *** Last Saturday, November 4, I had the opportunity to attend The Contenders, which is an all day presentation hosted by the trade publication, Deadline.  A variety of interviewers welcomed a legion of Hollywood actors, directors, producers, … Continue reading

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The Madness Surrounding Murder

1922 (2017) Dir: Zak Hilditch Stars: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard and Neal McDonough I saw the trailer for this new Netflix film a couple weeks ago, and this week I finally got a chance to see … Continue reading

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A Battle Worthy of Its Promotion – and Message

Battle of the Sexes (2017) Dir: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carrell, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman and Austin Stowell I would apply the “drama-edy” genre label to Battle of the Sexes.  Much … Continue reading

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A Time to Live, and a Time to Die

Blade Runner (1982) *** Burke Favorite *** Dir: Ridley Scott Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, Joanna Cassidy and Edward James Olmos I love those movie experiences where you feel completely different as you’re watching the movie … Continue reading

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Vote for This One with More Than the Telecast in Mind

Deadpool (2016) Dir: Tim Miller Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand and Karan Soni I went to see Deadpool in the theater the Monday after it opened last February.  I’m not sure if … Continue reading

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A Story of Faith 30 Years in the Making

Silence (2016) Dir: Martin Scorsese Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Issei Ogata and Ciaran Hinds I’ve read a lot about Silence since I saw it on a Thursday night last month.  The “30 years” reference in the title … Continue reading

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