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‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ Review: Maggie Gyllenhaal Gives an Impeccable Performance

Michael McKinney
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We open up on Lisa (Maggie Gyllenhaal) entering into a classroom. Lisa puts the shades in the windows up and turns on a fan in her kindergarten classroom. She sits at one of the small tables and takes a moment for herself. We next see Lisa looking at an aquarium while waiting on a ferry. […]

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Review: An Excellent Teenage Rom-Com

‘First Man’ Review: A Solid, Beautiful, and Rather Subdued Film

Emma Loggins
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Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling have teamed up again for their latest film, the Georgia-filmed First Man, which releases in theaters today. First Man tells the iconic story of the first manned mission to the moon, with a focus on Neil Armstong’s life for roughly a decade leading up to the historic Apollo 11 […]

Ryan Gosling to Star in Neil Armstrong Biopic ‘First Man’

‘Tea With the Dames’: A Conversation with Four Incredible Actresses

Michael McKinney
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Four friends gather to talk about their careers, their loves, and their lives. This isn’t an ordinary group of friends but four legendary actresses; Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith, all Dames (It’s the British version of knighthood for women). The women have all been friends for a long time, some more […]

‘Belle’ Review: Behold A Lady

‘Hal’ Review: A Documentary about a Forgotten Director of Great Films

Michael McKinney
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When we think of the directors who made their mark in the seventies we think of Francis Ford Coppola with ‘The Godfather Part 1 and II’, Stanley Kubrick with ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘Barry Lyndon,’ Martin Scorsese with ‘Taxi Driver,’ George Lucas with ‘American Graffiti’ and ‘Star Wars,’ and Steven Spielberg with ‘Jaws’ and ‘Close Encounters […]

‘Belle’ Review: Behold A Lady

‘Blaze’ Review: A Loving Look at a Flawed Man, Singer-Songwriter Blaze Foley

Michael McKinney
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We open up on a recording studio where Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey) is madly playing the drums and spouting off about Cesar Chavez, on how great a man he is while his friend Townes Van Zandt (Charlie Sexton) drunkenly walks around the room flipping cards at the drum-set. The recording engineer behind the glass is […]

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ Review: Smart and Solid

‘Next Gen’ Review: A Charming and Exciting Animated Sci-Fi Film

Michael McKinney
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During opening credits, we see a floor with arts and craft supplies spread all about. A shadow of a little girl keeps popping onto the screen. Suddenly a photo of a very happy family (wife, husband, daughter, and dog) appears on the floor. Suddenly Mai (Charlyne Yi), a small, happy girl with purple hair appears […]

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Review: An Excellent Teenage Rom-Com

‘Love, Gilda’ Review: Documentary Is a Sweet and Funny Look at the Life of Gilda Radner

Michael McKinney
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Gilda Radner was a comedian of enormous talent having four Emmy nominations and one win. Love, Gilda is told mostly by Radner herself, as newly discovered audio tapes have been found. Through the use of those audio tapes, numerous home movies, pictures and of course her performances on TV and movies, the film tells the […]

‘Her’ DVD Review: 2013’s Best Film

‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ Review: An Enjoyable Romance with a Bit of Mystery

Michael McKinney
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We open up on the Island of Guernsey in the English Channel in 1941 with the Island under German military occupation. Four civilians are walking at night on a country road. One of them is very drunk and singing, much to the dismay of the other three. Suddenly they are confronted by German soldiers. One […]

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Review: An Excellent Teenage Rom-Com