Monthly Archives: March 2019

Dumbo – Film Review

The story of Dumbo is so ingrained into the culture of our childhood fantasy that any attempt to do a remake can’t help but provoke a series of questions. Upon hearing that Disney and director Tim Burton were going to make a live-action version of the 1941 animated classic, who among us didn’t ask, are […]

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Phoenix Film Festival 2019 – Special Report: Part Two (of Two)

Arizona’s largest film festival is almost upon us. The 19th Annual Phoenix Film Festival will begin Thursday, April 4 and conclude Sunday, April 14, hosting almost 300 films to be screened at Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix. In a conversation with the festival’s Executive Director, Jason Carney, when asked about the origins […]

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Hotel Mumbai – Film Review

The voice at the other end of the phone orders the man with the gun to keep the line open while victims are murdered. “I want to hear their cries with my own ears,” the voice explains. In the new docudrama Hotel Mumbai from Australian director Anthony Maras, the horrifying true story of the Mumbai […]

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Dragonflies Only Live for 24 Hours – Film Review: Special Report

The film opens with a horrifying double murder. We can’t quite determine who the murderer is. He’s stall, lean, and he knows exactly what he’s doing, but as we only see him from behind – the camera tracks him walking the street at a brisk pace – we never see his face. With brazen confidence, […]

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Phoenix Film Festival 2019 – Special Report: Part One (Of Two)

The 19th Annual Phoenix Film Festival is almost here. Continually breaking records since its inception, last year’s festival saw over 28,000 attendees. There are hopes that this year’s festival will attract even more film enthusiasts. The PFF is Arizona’s largest film festival. During its eleven days, it hosts nearly 300 films, holds filmmaking seminars and […]

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The Hummingbird Project – Film Review

It has all the hallmarks of being based on a true story. There are times and dates to give perspective, location titles to let you know where you are, plus there’s attention to detail with an added sense of urgency that makes things anxious and even exciting. Yet once you know that The Hummingbird Project […]

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