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Power to the People

'Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution' tells a one-sided but fascinating story

Ok We’ve all be told so many things about the Black Panthers over the course of our lives, why not get something resembling a singular vision down on film?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 David Riedel

With Friends Like These…

'We Come as Friends' offers a stark look at Sudan and South Sudan

Ok We Come as Friends provides little context for its story; if you aren’t familiar with Sudan and South Sudan, you’ll probably be playing catch up.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 David Riedel

Political Theatre

'Best of Enemies' is entertaining but skin-deep

Ok Best of Enemies is strongest when it lets its two lead characters have at it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 David Riedel

Behind the Voice

A filmmaker looks for answers in 'Do I Sound Gay?'

Ok Do I Sound Gay? doesn’t get very deep, but it does highlight a lesser-known struggle inside the gay community.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 David Riedel

Death Came with Compassion

'The Farewell Party' takes a light-ish look at a serious subject

Ok How does one die with dignity when suffering from a progressive, painful, fatal illness?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 David Riedel

Traffic

'Cartel Land' shines a light on the cyclical nature of the war on drugs

Ok Cartel Land is a heartbreaking piece of cinema, it looks great and it exposes the drug war for it is.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 David Riedel

Insects Are Heroes, Too!

Nowhere does the phrase “size doesn’t matter” appear in this 'Ant-Man' review; congratulate me on my restraint

Ok Marvel has gotten so good at making Marvel movies, it doesn’t seem to matter that it doesn’t matter that a Marvel movie isn’t firing on all thrusters.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 David Riedel

In Defense of Shutting In

'The Wolfpack' is a documentary about kids growing up in a locked house

Ok The Wolfpack becomes a loose laboratory study of the nature of escapism, raising such context-dependent questions as whether an obsession with Reservoir Dogs is healthy for kids.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

The Man Makes the Clothes

Design not quite within reach in 'Saint Laurent'

Ok Bertrand Bonello’s film comes on like a narcotic and presents the life of late designer Yves Saint Laurent in a series of oblique narrative vignettes.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Once More Unto the Beach

'Love & Mercy' lies in bed just like Brian Wilson did

Ok In Love & Mercy, a bedridden Brian Wilson struggles mightily with almost becoming the star child from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Or something like that.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer
 
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Morning Word: Rep. Espinoza Faces Ethics Complaint

Democratic Party says she used government resources to promote campaign for secretary of state

Morning Word The ethics complaint cites a radio program where Espinoza repeatedly directed listeners to her official, legislative website in order to get information about collecting petitions for her campaign and her contact information. ... More

Feb. 05, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

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