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  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    ★★★

    I probably only laughed three or four times, but I liked the characters and it looked good and had pleasant vibes throughout and it was nice to see a movie set on a Florida beach. This is a strong three stars.

  • Bananas

    Bananas

    ★★★★

    Bad week to watch this, but whenever the Woody Allen discourse revs up, it means I start thinking about Woody Allen again, and then one things leads to another and I find myself watching Woody Allen movies. The heart wants what it wants.

    Plenty of funny jokes here. If you can compartmentalize the horrific crime he's accused of, the sight of the Woodman wearing a fake beard is very funny. The filmmaking chops are about on par with an early…

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  • Crazy World

    Crazy World

    The experience of getting to see a Wakaliwood movie with an audience of 1,000 people at TIFF, with live narration by the inimitable V.J. Emmie ("V.J." stands for "Video Joker"), and with Nabwana I.G.G. (rural Uganda's greatest action filmmaker) in attendance, is an experience I will cherish.

  • Richard Jewell

    Richard Jewell

    ★★★★

    Robert Bresson famously said, "Not beautiful images, but necessary images." At 89, Clint Eastwood has systematically stripped virtually all "prettiness" from his films - and in so doing, has found a certain kind of beauty. There are some filmmakers who inspire you to look a little differently at your surroundings. David Lynch is one. Jodorowsky is another. And so too is Eastwood, whose films illuminate the poetry in the crappy offices, diners, lobbies, parks, and apartment buildings that surround us.…