Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis Return to Roots in Irreverent Buddy Comedy

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Are You Here Film Review by Kam Williams   Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis Return to Roots in Irreverent Buddy Comedy   Sometimes you can appreciate what a movie might have been shooting for, even though the final cut falls far short of the mark. Such is the case with Are You Here, a cringe-inducing […]

Filmmaker Falls Prey to Con Man in Semi-Autobiographical Cautionary Tale

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Abuse of Weakness Film Review by Kam Williams    Filmmaker Falls Prey to Con Man in Semi-Autobiographical Cautionary Tale   Catherine Breillat is a feminist filmmaker famous for shooting sexually-explicit films bordering on porn, although arguably from a woman’s perspective. Romance (1999), Fat Girl (2001) and Anatomy of Hell (2004) are among her highly-controversial offerings . […]

Streep and Bridges Co-Star in Screen Adaptation of Haunting Children’s Novel

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The Giver Film Review by Kam Williams   Streep and Bridges Co-Star in Screen Adaptation of Haunting Children’s Novel   Despite being born in the same year and enjoying overlapping enduring careers, Oscar-winners Meryl Streep (for Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady) and Jeff Bridges (for Crazy Heart) never made a movie together […]

Reverential Retrospective Chronicles Career of Flamboyant Iranian Artist

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Fifi Howls from Happiness Film Review by Kam Williams   Reverential Retrospective Chronicles Career of Flamboyant Iranian Artist   Bahman Mohassess (1931-2010) had the misfortune of being born gay in a country hostile to homosexuality. Nevertheless, the flamboyant iconoclast managed to carve out an impressive career as an artist in pre-revolutionary Iran, enjoying celebrity status as […]

Tornado Wreaks Havoc on Tiny Oklahoma Town in Thrill-a-Minute Disaster Flick

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Into the Storm Film Review by Kam Williams    Tornado Wreaks Havoc on Tiny Oklahoma Town in Thrill-a-Minute Disaster Flick   The skies are deceptively serene over Silverton, Oklahoma, offering no reminder of the fact that four people recently perished in a deadly tornado that touched down in a neighboring city. Consequently, we find the […]

Rust Belt “New Normal” Chronicled in Diminished Dreams Documentary

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Rich Hill Film Review by Kam Williams   Rust Belt “New Normal” Chronicled in Diminished Dreams Documentary Rich Hill, Missouri is a ghost town on hard times. Located about seventy miles south of Kansas City, the population of this once-thriving mining metropolis has dwindled down to 1,393 since the last of the coal was unearthed […]

Selena Gomez and Star-Studded Cast Can’t Save Raunchy Teensploit

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Behaving Badly Film Review by Kam Williams   Selena Gomez and Star-Studded Cast Can’t Save Raunchy Teensploit   Rick Stevens (Nat Wolff) is a socially-awkward virgin experiencing pangs of sexual awakenings. That explains why he is trying to summon up the courage to make a play for Nina Pennington (Selena Gomez), the cute, high school […]

Vengeful Parishioner Threatens Priest in Irish Morality Play

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Calvary Film Review by Kam Williams   Vengeful Parishioner Threatens Priest in Irish Morality Play               While hearing confessions in church one day, Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) gets the shock of his life. First, a disturbed man recounts in lurid detail how, as a child, he’d been raped by a priest every other day […]