Author Stacia Kissick Jones

A film critic and writer for the better part of a decade, Stacia also plays classical guitar, reads murder mysteries and shamelessly abuses both caffeine and her Netflix queue.

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Bert Berns, a major figure in the early 1960s American pop and R&B recording scene, was certainly unsung, but it would be a stretch to call him a hero. A musical childhood lead to a fascination with Latin and Cuban music, which in turn lead him to co-write the classic “Twist and Shout,” sung first by The Top Notes and produced by a…

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In 2015, the news cycle, at least for one day, exploded with the revelation that the earth at this moment is in its sixth major extinction event, known as the Holocene. For most people, this was apparently a shrug-and-forget-it bit of news, but for director Mélanie Laurent and activist Cyril Dion, it was something more: a call to action…

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Arturo knows exactly when he was conceived: December 10, 1969, the day of the Viale Lazio massacre, which took place just down the street from his parents’ home in Palermo. The mafia affects everyone’s life, declares Arturo, and he maintains that the only reason he was born at all is because most of his father’s sperm was scared…

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Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion, a bright and engaging portrait of Emily Dickinson, is more family drama than biopic. Steadfastly anti-romantic, the film exaggerates the conventions of the standard biopic, dishing out expository lines of dialogue without any attempt to make them sound conversational. It’s not just that the…

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“I keep thinking that something went very wrong,” chuckles Mick Rock, the British photographer, at yet another major showing of his iconic work. “We were supposed to be rebels and outsiders.” But the rebels of the past are destined to become mainstream, and Rock was no exception, as we learn in Shot! The…

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It’s 1888, and post-impressionist master Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) is furious with his old friend Émile Zola (Guillaume Canet) for what he has written in his novel L’œuvre (The Masterpiece). A fictitious account of Zola’s and Cézanne’s friendship, the character that Cézanne is so upset about is in…

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Ginger is mad at her best friend Lena again. When Ginger drank too much at a party last week, Lena took her phone and called her parents to let them know not that she was drunk, but that she wasn’t feeling well. “That’s not okay!” Ginger yells, angry that Lena would rat her out for something that’s no big deal anyway. “Everyone vomits”…

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In 1975, after a shocking crime and trial that captured the attention of the entire country, 23-year-old Olga Hepnarova became the last woman to be executed in Czechoslovakia. I, Olga Hepnarová opens about a dozen years earlier, when Olga (Michalina Olszanska) was a troubled young teen still living at home, with an abusive…

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“Let me know that my problem is that I buy my own bullshit,” Marty Rathbun, a former high-level Scientologist, tells a young actor auditioning for the role of church head David Miscavage. Filmmaker Louis Theroux, claiming frustration over not being allowed to speak to Scientology officials for his documentary on the church, has called in…

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