Monthly Archives: December 2016

Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago – Film Review

(The following review was first published on February 20, 2016 when the film opened the 22nd Annual Sedona International Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona.  The documentary will air on CNN, January 1, 2017 at 8pm.) ____________________________________________ It’s hard to believe that Chicago has been part of our musical landscape for more than four decades.  As […]

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Fences – Film Review

If it wasn’t for Denzel Washington, August Wilson’s Fences may never have made it from stage to the screen. It wasn’t so much because of marquee-value star power, though that certainly helps; it was because of choice of director. Playwright Wilson insisted on a black director for his film adaptation, but the project and choice […]

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Lion – Film Review

Even though the marquee-value star names of the real-life drama Lion appear in the second half, it’s really the first half of the Garth Davis directed film that interests the most. Based on an autobiographical book called A Long Way Home, Lion tells the true story of Saroo Brierly who at the age of five […]

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Why Him? – Film Review

Loosely, very loosely, inspired from a 2012 BBC TV sitcom with Andy Samberg called Cuckoo, Why Him? is a romantic Christmas comedy that starts with a decent premise, degenerates into f-bomb laden, crude humor, then redeems itself to a small degree towards the end with a couple of ok payoffs. Bryan Cranston and Megan Mullally […]

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Sing – Film Review

How is it that talent contests are so addictive? Be honest, no matter how ordinary the performer, how awful the act, or how badly they sing, we watch; we can’t help it. It’s an entertainment magnet. And when you find a talent who actually stands out, it’s like being part of a big showbiz discovery, […]

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La La Land – Film Review

From the brief opening moments where a small, squared, black and white shot opens wide into color, declaring ‘Presented in Cinemascope’ in large, broad letters emblazoned across the screen, you’d be forgiven for thinking that everything that follows is either going to be a pastiche or a parody, but, in fact, it’s neither. La La […]

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