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SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY

Originally titled Squirrels to the Nuts – which would have been more fitting – Director Peter Bogdanovich and co-writer Louise Stratten make their screwball comedy comeback in She’s Funny That Way. Led by Owen Wilson and British beauty Imogen Poots, the film tells a slightly entertaining, slightly humdrum tale of a romantically entangled web of […]

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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

Straight Outta Compton follows the rise and fall of popular rap group NWA, some of whose member’s are still forces in the music industry today. The powerful and record-breaking film was written by Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman, and is an absolute must-see! (JEP: 4.5/5) Review by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry Directed by F. […]

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TEN THOUSAND SAINTS

Filmmakers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini throw a lot of love–and an excellent cast–at Eleanor Henderson’s novel Ten Thousand Saints, but success eludes them. Unfortunately, their adaptation is a bit of a “paint by numbers” exercise that never manages to fully engage. (JLH: 3/5) Review by Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner (with additional two cents […]

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RICKI & THE FLASH

Written by Diablo Cody, Ricki and the Flash is a feel good film about an absentee rock star mother, who returns home to provide support for her daughter in her time of need. Upon returning home, Ricki must come to terms with the effects her absence has had on her children and make amends for […]

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THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL

Writer-director Marielle Heller brings a graphic novel to life, telling the engaging and  refreshingly funny story of 15-year-old Minnie Goetze. Newcomer Bel Powley shines in her starring role as the 1970s teenager during a sexually-charged transformation. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky “Minnie Goetze” (Bel Powley) just experienced an important milestone in […]

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KAHLIL GIBRAN’S ‘THE PROPHET’

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is in a realm all its own, transcending the familiar animated film platform and incorporating artistry from many different mediums. The film tells of an influential artist and poet who is released from imprisonment and exiled back to his homeland. The Prophet follows his subsequent journey and captures the importance of […]

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THE BABADOOK

“Amelia” (Essie Davis) comes undone in this excellent Australian drama about a young widow locked in a deteriorating co-dependency with her young son “Samuel” (Noah Wiseman). Is The Babadook a psychological thriller or a horror flick? I choose to think shrink because writer/director Jennifer Kent carefully sets the timeframe before events get nuts… But see The […]

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BAD HAIR

Writer/Director Mariana Rondón’s coming-of-age film Pelo Malo (also known as Bad Hair) is a Venezuelan tale about a boy in search of his identity. Originally screened in the at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the film tackling homophobia, racism and poverty is worth the watch. (BKP: 4/5) Review by Managing Editor Brigid K. Presecky Set […]

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