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Reviews

In the Heights Review | The Movie of the Year!

In the Heights Review | The Movie of the Year!

“Paciencia y Fé” is the only thing that kept me from loosing it while waiting for In the Heights. Patience during the global melt-down that paralyzed the theatrical industry forcing studios to push films, often aggressively. Faith that the wait would be well worth it. At the least, films are designed to delight and entertain. Everyone can think of many films they love that have achieved that goal but everyone also has those couple of films that rocked them to their core and filled them with wonder and emotion few other films could. In the Heights is one such film…
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The Nevers Review | Don’t Let Whedon Ruin It for the Rest of Us!

The Nevers Review | Don’t Let Whedon Ruin It for the Rest of Us!

Remember growing up, playing games with other kids and having a great time before that one kid would do something awful causing a parent to come out and say “You just ruined it for everyone”… Way to go, Chad! Thanks for ruining it for the rest of us. Well, Joss is that kid. Except he’s a grown man and the excuses have run out. Now his actions are threatening to ruin the fun and hard work so many people put into The Nevers. I hope we don’t let it happen because the show is delightfully entertaining! A proper superhero show…
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Mau Review | SXSW2021

Mau Review | SXSW2021

Mau is an inspiring look at one of the most influential and forward thinking designers you’ve, likely, never heard of. An unsung hero in many circles that challenges the status quo and pushes for a better way of life for us individually as well as for the world as a whole. Meet Bruce Mau. He is the mind behind the branding of dozens of the worlds leading companies as well as a movement that he hopes will reshape how we treat our world as well as ourselves. A graphic designer, a trend setter, and an innovator. Few times in my…
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WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn Review | SXSW2021

WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn Review | SXSW2021

WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn is a fascinating and frustrating exploration of greed, arrogance, and abuse of power. The story of WeWork is the story of Adam Neumann. A fast talking, passionate con artist that managed to build one of the biggest corporate flameouts and venture capitalist investments in recent year, and managed to crash it all in the blink of an eye. Adam had more than charisma. He had a disarming hippie-messianic approach that came across as loving and optimistic and disguised his delusions of grandeur as a desire for community. For those…
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Language Lessons Review | SXSW2021

Language Lessons Review | SXSW2021

Clever and emotional, Language Lessons finds a way to make the video-chat-narrative work with a thoughtful, funny, and relatable story that feels natural rather than forced. Never did I feel like I was watching a gimmick but instead like I was watching something private and special. Language Lessons Cariño, a teacher living in Costa Rica, is hired to give Adam, a well to-do man in California, a refresher on Spanish, a language he spoke as a child but has since fallen out of practice with it. Over the course of their sessions these two strangers will go through some of…
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Raya and the Last Dragon Review | Great Potential, Lousy Tropes

Raya and the Last Dragon Review | Great Potential, Lousy Tropes

Raya and the Last Dragon is the beautifully animated latest addition to the Walt Disney Animation Studios collection! An inspiring narrative tackling themes of teamwork, trust, and the power of people coming together to tackle a common threat. However, the film suffers from the same trope so many Disney films suffer from. Absurd, yet, adorable characters that serve to draw cheap laughs from its audiences and, ultimately, sell merchandise. Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon Raya is the princess of Heart, one of the tribes that make up the fractured lands of what was once the kingdom of Kumandra. She…
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The United States vs. Billie Holiday Review | A Great Story Lacking Focus

The United States vs. Billie Holiday Review | A Great Story Lacking Focus

This review will be different… The United States vs. Billie Holiday is powerful and triggering. Lee Daniels takes the story of a legend and composes a visual narrative that mentions and, on occasion, sheds light on that which the opening and closing texts would have you believe is the focus of the film. Lynching… an abysmal act that, to my surprise, has yet to be outlawed in our “great” nation due to semantics, and which inspired the “song of the century” “Strange Fruit”. Daniels chooses instead to focus on heroin, on how the FBI used it to strike fear in…
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Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar | Review | A Silly Delightful Escape That Most of Us Need

Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar | Review | A Silly Delightful Escape That Most of Us Need

"Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar" is a film that I never imagined we needed. Annie Mumolo as Barb and Kristen Wiig as Star in Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. The movie, directed by Josh Greenbaum, starring Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo - who both co-wrote the script- delivered its message and won my heart after filling it with joy and giggles. A story about lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time…ever. The absurdity and silliness were the key successes for…
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Ma Belle, My Beauty Review | Sundance 2021

Ma Belle, My Beauty Review | Sundance 2021

Ma Belle, My Beauty is a raw moving picture that delves into a relationship molded by years of complicated love and into how it can be shattered in an instant by selfishness and abandonment. A quiet patient story that explores so much more than emotion and touches on a side of togetherness few have experienced but most understand. The feeling of loving someone with everything you have but knowing they can’t help but bring pain and never seem to take it with them when they leave. Idella Johnson and Hannah Pepper appear in Ma Belle, My Beauty by Marion Hill,…
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Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It Review | Sundance 2021

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It Review | Sundance 2021

Rita Moreno is an icon in the Hispanic community. An inspiration to people of color, particularly women, in feeling that their dreams are possible regardless of the obstacles in their way. This documentary captures her story and puts it on display for the world to see. Depicting her as so much more than just a singer, an actress, a dancer, a sex icon, a social activist, a wife, a mother, etc. But she is… A still from Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It by Mariem Pérez Riera, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition…
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