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Creed (Warner Home Video) features the character of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) coaching Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of one of his more formidable rivals. Adonis never met his father, champion boxer Apollo Creed, and refuses to take his surname, even after being adopted by Apollo’s widow (Phylicia Rashad) and raised in Los Angeles …

Reviews Triple 9

A “gritty,” borderline nihilistic urban actioner featuring an all-star cast in showcase roles, including multiple Academy Award nominees (Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor) and one actual winner (Kate Winslet), Triple 9 never rises above its unoriginal, derivative origin as a mash-up of better, well known genre…

Reviews Emelie

Emelie is a psychological thriller directed by Michael Thelin. This film marks the director’s debut feature, and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Giving a pleasant new spin to home invasions, writers Richard Raymond and Harry Herbeck have pushed the in envelope in creating an extremely convincing storyline…

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For at least some social critics, “whitewashing” – casting melanin-deprived actors in non-Caucasian roles (and the cycle of non-diversity that inevitably results – is the end all be all when it comes to evaluating the latest big-budget spectacle that regularly unspool across multiplex screens. To be honest, it’s an important, even vital, question to ask about any …

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Neerja is a biopic directed by Ram Madhvani, based on Head Purser Neerja Bhanot, who was instrumental in foiling a hijack attempt on Pan Am Flight 73 on September 1986 in Karachi. Starring Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Yogendra Tiku in titular roles, this depiction of the incident in the film, though ridden with dramatic overlays, does …

Reviews Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 11.13.14 PM

The largest struggle biopics experience is, more than anything else, choosing where to begin. And in turn, the largest mistake they make is often the choice to follow their subjects from childhood onward. Generally, we as an audience don’t need an origin story from these films, especially when it has no relevance to the achievements that make their …

Berlinale Zero Days (dir. Alex Gibney, 2016)

After screening his second and forth features Men at Work and Modest Reception at the Forum section of Berlinale in 2006 and 2012, Iranian director Mani Haghighi returned to the festival with his fifth feature A Dragon Arrives! to have it compete in this year’s main section of the festival, the…

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Trees, shrubbery, betrayal, blood, black magic, love in disrepair, hopeless terror. Paint a picture of hell on Earth using these shades, and the ensuing portrait is a glimpse into a nightmare. Not just any old nightmare, the kind without a true exit, in which all doors lead to the same prison. You’re not in your right mind, you’re scared, you’re in danger and …

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Becoming Bulletproof (Virgil Films) is a documentary about a group of disabled adults who work together to make a Hollywood-style film. The film showcases the Zeno Mountain Farm, a nonprofit organization that gathers both disabled and able-bodied actors to produce movies. The group’s first foray into the Western genre, the costume drama Bulletproof …

Reviews Risen

The “greatest story ever told” – or depending on your perspective, cynical and otherwise, the greatest story ever sold – gets another somber, serious, big-screen treatment in Kevin Reynolds (Rapa Nui, Waterworld, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) latest attempt to move back into Hollywood’s good graces…

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