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// January 24, 2017

The 2017 Oscar Nominations delivers intrigue and diversity.  The Best Picture category opens up for nine candidates without a prohibitive favorite.  On all fronts, ‘Oscars So White’ disappears this year.  However, ‘Oscars So Male’ debuts, as all Best Director nominees are men. If there was a ‘Best Ensemble Cast’, Hidden Figures would have my vote….

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// December 20, 2016

Allied loses the war of establishing a peace treaty between writing and execution.  Screenwriter Steven Knight scribes an interesting and emotional story with potential for greatness.  However, director Robert Zemeckis failed to execute the potential on the page.  Missed opportunities for plot twists littered the film, leaving much to be desired.  The runtime needed an…

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// December 20, 2016

  The Netflix Original Series 3% debuts with a serious think-piece on human nature and society’s class system from South America.  Season one follows the journey of four candidates who attempt to become a part of the 3%.  The official synopsis is as follows: “A thriller set in a world sharply divided between progress and…

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// December 15, 2016

Sand Storm charges through the life and times of a teenage girl trapped between long-standing culture and individual pursuits. Layla craves the affection of an another from a different tribe, but environment dictates otherwise. Her father, Suliman marries a second wife. Her mother, Jalila grinds through the life she must lead to survive. Director Elite…

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// December 7, 2016

  The Handmaiden hands audiences a visually beautiful and intricate cinematic experience with color, framing, texture and tone.  Director Park Chan-wook serves up a story that is simple in nature, but extremely deceptive in detail. Synopsis:  “With help from an orphaned pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri), a Korean con man (Ha Jung-woo) devises an elaborate plot to…

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// December 7, 2016

  Arrival communicates to audiences the conflicting aesthetic between singular moments versus the journey in the form of science fiction.  Denis Villeneuve crafts an emotional think-piece through the language of moving pictures. Synopsis:  “Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the…

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// November 1, 2016

Moonlight shines as the definition of a story arc with a coming of age tale that illuminates and enlightens audiences with intense colors and strong characters. Director Barry Jenkins tells the story of a boy who struggles to discover peace and his identity in three distinct chapters. The first section establishes the central character’s life…

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