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Silver Screen


Sleeper Oscar pick ‘Only the Brave’ salutes firefighters and their everyday heroism

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 10/21/17 4:11pm

“Only the Brave” could not have been released at a more timely moment. As wildfires destroy communities across northern California every day, it is important to remember the burden that those who fight these fires carry, and the sacrifices they are willing to make. “Only the Brave” is a beautifully shot love letter to those who risk their lives to ensure the safety of their communities. Its characters are as riveting as its plot, only reinforcing the film’s dramatic conclusion and making ...

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‘Take Every Wave’ shows the ocean as a place of truth and honesty

By Kathryn Sanders Last updated: 10/18/17 2:07pm

In the opening scenes of “Take Every Wave,” a new documentary film about big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, we see Hamilton checking out El Nino-influenced monster waves in Hawaii. He is preparing to surf some of the biggest waves he’s ever seen. “I’ve been waiting a lifetime to ride this thing out here,” Hamilton says to a friend on the phone. After this opening sequence, the film shifts to Hamilton’s life, chronologically. From his mother’s pregnancy with him in San Francisco, ...

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'The Pathological Optimist' delves into origins of Anti-Vaxxer movement

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 10/15/17 10:19pm

The anti-vaccination movement is one of the most discussed ─ and disputed ─ topics in popular medicine today. Over the course of five years, filmmaker Miranda Bailey takes her viewers into the home of the man who is credited for sparking the controversy ─ Dr. Andrew Wakefield. In 1998, Wakefield published a paper with several other colleagues in the British Medical Journal drawing a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism in children.The paper resulted in a miasma ...

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John Carroll Lynch reminisces about his experiences with Harry Dean Stanton

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 10/11/17 7:19pm

John Carroll Lynch sat nestled at the conference room below the Rosewood Hotel in Georgetown. He just flew in from Boston to promote his new film “Lucky ,” mere days after the passing of the film’s star and legendary actor, Harry Dean Stanton. While playing with his glasses on the wooden conference table, Lynch reflected on the first time he met Harry Dean Stanton. “It was at a bar, Dantanna’s, where he would go there at least every Thursday, smoke cigarettes and drink tequila outside,” ...

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'Blade Runner 2049' nearly matches the original film

By Ben Foster Last updated: 10/09/17 11:33am

Denis Villeneuve is no rookie when it comes to making movies. With a track record that includes “Enemy,” “Prisoners,” “Sicario” and “Arrival,” I wasn’t worried that he would drop the ball on the sequel to one of my all-time favorite films: “Blade Runner.” In fact, I was ecstatic that Villeneuve had been given creative control over the film instead of Ridley Scott, the director of the original “Blade Runner,” as Scott’s modern films have left audiences disappointed time ...

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‘Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House’ is timely but flawed

By David Steele Last updated: 10/09/17 12:50am

“Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” seems to prove that for Hollywood, timing can be everything. Interjecting itself neatly into the contemporary debate over the morality of leaks, this account of Mark Felt’s ─ popularly known as “Deep Throat” ─ famous leaks attempts to establish a historical precedent for the noble leaker. Unfortunately, if it weren’t for the critical importance of its subject matter, the film would not be nearly as satisfying. “The Man Who ...

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'The King’s Choice' is a humanizing yet flawed glimpse into World War II

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 10/06/17 3:10pm

The Second World War was a watershed moment for the world, and since the war’s conclusion in 1945, it has been adapted to the screen from many perspectives: from the bravado and valiance of American soldiers shown in historical fiction like “Fury” and “Inglourious Basterds”, to the sobering tragedy and triumphant heroism in films based off of true events like “Schindler’s List” and “Flags of our Fathers”. “The King’s Choice” finds its place among the latter, although its ...

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'The Florida Project' is a clear window into another lifestyle

By Michael Valenti Last updated: 10/06/17 9:22am

Sean Baker continues his trend of directing dramatic, directionless films that serve as a window to an American lifestyle or culture that mainstream media rarely cover. In his previous movie, “Tangerine,” he focuses on two black, transgender prostitutes working in a very dangerous neighborhood. That high intensity film is offset completely by his latest film, “The Florida Project.” Prepare to laugh and cry at the innocence of these children as you walk around with them in their rundown ...

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'American Made' lives up to its title, but lacks in precision

By Dilpreet Raju Last updated: 10/03/17 1:50pm

Tom Cruise, no matter what his personal life holds, is a bonafide, big box office movie star. Even his latest film, The Mummy, which was a critically dismissed domestic flop but boomed in China, managed to gross over $400 million. While “American Made” may be the same case, Cruise displays his ability to haul in any viewer’s attention.Doug Liman helms “American Made,” based on the true story of Barry Seal (Cruise), a commercial airbus pilot turned drug-running, reconnaissance-photo-taking ...

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Harry Dean Stanton isn’t feeling too 'Lucky' in John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 09/29/17 1:00pm

The pivotal question running through my mind during the first act of “Lucky” was the following: did director John Carroll Lynch’s film merely feature Harry Dean Stanton, or was the film in fact a swan song about the iconic character actor?The film explores the life of an unassuming man named Lucky, played by Stanton. Lucky goes through the same routine every day: he wakes up, smokes a cigarette, does his morning exercises and heads out to do his daily errands. His life has seemingly been this ...

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