Author Archives: Brandon Gaylor

‘XX’ review: New horror anthology plays fast but does the genre proud

“XX” is a nice package of four short horror stories, lovingly wrapped in some slightly disturbing stop-motion animation sequences. Short but sweet, it is a worthy addition to the anthology sub-genre. Continue reading

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‘The Salesman(2016)’ review: Asghar Farhadi crafts another complex character drama

‘The Salesman’ is another patient, character-driven narrative by Asghar Farhadi. The film ultimately explores the relationship dynamic of an acting couple, using a moment of mistaken identity as the motivating force behind these characters’ emotional progression. Continue reading

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‘Stray Bullets’ review: Indie crime thriller winds up firing blindly

“Stray Bullets”is a competent and composite first feature-length film, but the compelling story setup goes squandered when the screenplay can’t decide how to capitalize on it. Continue reading

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‘Toni Erdmann’ remake news highlights bizarre remake culture, art clashing with business

Blog post discussing Academy Award nominated film Toni Erdmann, and the ridiculously quick turnaround on the bidding for its U.S. remake. Continue reading

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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ review: Vengeful hitman sequel delights in doing everything bigger

“John Wick 2” manages to accomplish everything one could expect from a sequel, taking the deliberate, pounding action of the first entry and doubling the recipe for a second batch. Continue reading

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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ review: James Baldwin’s literary letter comes to life in powerful new documentary

The recently Academy Award-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro” deserves all the accolades it gets. James Baldwin’s words set the backdrop for an important documentary that serves as a crucial reminder of where the U.S. came from – and how much further it has to go – when it comes to race relations. Continue reading

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‘Midsummer in Newton’ review: A portrait of healing from Sandy Hook

“Midsummer in Newton” is as emotional and heart-wrenching as one might expect, given the subject matter. But the film lies somewhere on the cusp of a television special and a documentary feature, and just skims the surface in its exploration of the Sandy Hook survivors. Continue reading

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Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter paces itself in early episodes

Ronja the Robbers Daughter might not hold the interest of younger children, but it may not hold the interest of any target audience due to its slow early pacing. But if the story manages to pick up speed, the Studio Ghibli television project could be one worth investing time in. Continue reading

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‘Gold’ review: Inspired McConaughey performance isn’t quite enough to make new film a treasure

“Gold” stars Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells, an ambitious gold prospector looking to strike it rich in the 80’s. Unfortunately, the lead’s performance feels like the most original thing about the film, even though the screenplay bounces from scenario to scenario, trying to stay ahead of its audience. Continue reading

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89th Academy Award nominations announced(video)

The 89th Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning in a live stream event. Continue reading

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