Currently Browsing: March 17, 2016

THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD

Filmmaker Jen Senko’s documentary The Brainwashing of My Dad shows the transformation of her father’s political views from a Kennedy-loving Democrat to a crazed, right-wing extremist. Although the film only points out the problems – and suggests little solutions – Senko succeeds in highlighting one of America’s ever-growing problems: “the media.” (BKP: 3/5) Review by […]

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THE BRONZE

Screenwriter and star of The Bronze, Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) brings us a quirky comedy about a retired Olympic gymnast “Hope Ann Greggory” (Rauch) who is desperately clinging to her fifteen minutes of fame years after winning her bronze medal. Approached with a deal including a whole lot of cash, Greggory must decide […]

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HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Written by director Joan Carr-Wiggin and Savitri Gordian, Happily ever After is a story about friendship, family, and coming home. “Heather” (Janet Montgomery) had successfully escaped her small town. But when her father’s health-scare calls her back into town, Heather reflects back on all she’s missed and friendships she’s lost. (JEP: 3.5/5) Review by Contributing […]

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KAPOOR AND SONS

Written by Ayesha DeVitre and director Shakun Batra, Kapoor and Sons is an entertaining Indian drama about family, love, and loss…with a good few laughs thrown in for good measure of course! Two estranged brothers, who are opposites in almost every way, find themselves both back home again when a family health scare demands their […]

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MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN

From The 33 director Patricia Riggen, Miracles From Heaven tells the true story of a family facing a potentially unthinkable tragedy and the faith that brings them through it. You’ll leave the theater thinking about the miraculous little things in your own life – no matter where you believe they come from. (4/5) Review by […]

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MY GOLDEN DAYS

Returning home after many years abroad, a French intellectual–now in middle age–finds himself bombarded by memories (with precious few actual face-to-face encounters). Unfortunately,  director Arnaud Desplechin’s film (which he co-wrote with screenwriter Julie Peyr) is solipsistic in the extreme, and since “Paul” (Mathieu Amalric) doesn’t really seem to care about anyone but himself, it becomes very hard […]

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THE PREPPIE CONNECTION

The Preppie Connection, written by Ashley Rudden and Joseph Castelo, is a thought-provoking drama based on the incredible true story about one teen’s desire to fit in. And how that desire led him to smuggle three hundred thousand dollars worth of cocaine across the U.S. border in 1984. (JEP: 4/5) Review by Contributing Editor Jessica […]

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SWEET BEAN

Directed and adapted by Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase, Sweet Bean tells the story of a pancake shop, its caretaker “Sentaro” (Masatoshi Nagase), and of the people who find refuge there. When elderly “Tokue” (the absolutely charming Kirin Kiki) offers her expertise at making the bean paste for Sentaro’s pancake confections, the caretaker realizes what her […]

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