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  • The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    ★★★★★

    "Put your trust in the Lord. Your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank!”

    Frank Darabont may not have been Stephen King’s first Dollar Baby, but he certainly was one of the earliest. And according to King himself, Darabont’s short film The Woman in the Room is his favorite of the bunch. The story Darabont really wanted to adapt of King’s, however, was “Rita Hayworth & Shawshank Redemption.” It wouldn’t be until much later in his career, after he’d already established…

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★★½

    "I am Linda Mitchell, mother of two! Look upon me in fear!”

    An animated film about one family trying to stop a robot invasion from taking over the world doesn’t seem like the sort of movie that’s going to elicit tears, but that’s what The Mitchells vs the Machines did here. In this episode, Andy Nelson is joined in the board room by Mandy Kaplan from the Mandemic Mondays podcast, Pete Wright from The Next Reel Film Podcast, and Steve…

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  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    “Vanessa, forget about what coulda been. Dance with me one last night in the hood again.”

    Is the magic in the new film In the Heights from Jon M. Chu’s direction or from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s original Broadway show? We definitely think it’s Chu working wonders here to bring this show to vibrant life. Andy Nelson is joined in The Film Board this week by Mandy Kaplan and Justin Jaeger along with special guest Brian Rowe from the Film at Fifty…

  • Outside In

    Outside In

    ★★★★★

    “How could you possibly know that it’s me that you want?”

    Outside In comes after a big box office failure from writer/director Lynn Shelton with her film Laggies. That film never found its audience and lost a lot of money, so it makes sense that Shelton returned to her ‘even more indie’ roots, teaming up with Mark and Jay Duplass again to make this film with a lower, indie-sized budget. Outside In features Edie Falco as a high school teacher…

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  • Piranha

    Piranha

    "You bit me! I can’t believe you actually bit me!”

    Roger Corman’s always made profitable films, and sometimes that meant stealing some ideas from current releases to capitalize on the similarities. That’s certainly the case with the film he produced that ripped off Steven Spielberg’s Jaws: Joe Dante’s Piranha. Often, these films fell into legal issues, but with this film, Spielberg himself gave it his blessing and Universal stopped its injunctions. With that, we’re able to enjoy and talk about…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    “Wow is an all-purpose exclamation”

    Things are changing in the entertainment industry. COVID 19 has changed the way the world consumes movies. Over the past month, we’ve begun to see some new releases open in limited theater capacities while others continue to be held back because of a world that can’t currently create a literal “blockbuster.” It presents a bit of a challenge for us with The Film Board in trying to select movies that are globally available to both…