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“One Night in Miami,” capturing a momentous night in American history

It went down at the Hampton House Motel
Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree and Aldis Hodge
Directed by Regina King

Malcolm X. Muhammad Ali. Jim Brown. Sam Cooke. Cultural icons all. In 1964, they came together for one night. While no one truly knows the actual conversation that occurred between these four men, actress Regina King’s directorial debut, “One Night in Miami” takes us into the room with these giants of American history giving us a fictional account of what might have occurred that night, through ... more >

A slow-burn thriller that digs deep at the existential darkness within: “Complete Strangers”

When a Faustian pact goes badly, it goes really badly
Pau Masó, Matthew Crawley and Sian Abrahams
Directed by Pau Masó

In the first five minutes of Pau Masó's latest film “Complete Strangers, the audience is treated to a visual homage to Brian De Palma and the Italian giallo films (whether on purpose or just by accident, this will have to remain a mystery), as the camera tracks a figure in long dark hair and a stylish coat while they navigate their way to what will turn out to be a sexual rendez-vous. As the ... more >

“Mank” on Netflix

Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins
Directed by David Fincher

David Fincher’s “Mank” is not a film for casual moviegoers. This is an absolute truth. It is a highly stylized piece taken from a decades-old screenplay from David Fincher’s father, Jack and ghost co-written and reshaped by son David and Eric Roth. This is a film that has essence and a old-school sensibility when it comes to how to film it but, unfortunately, it is also a film which never fully ... more >

“Are you here for the whiskey or the crock of gold?”

Pogues frontman Shane McGowan focus of Julian Temple's latest music documentary
Shane MacGowan, Johnny Depp and Siobhan MacGowan
Directed by Julian Temple

In the wild and uncertain world of music Shane MacGowan reached for them both. But Julian Temple’s documentary is far from a rise and fall film that takes pleasure in the destructive behavior of its subject. “Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan” is the kind of film that tells the story of the musician/writer/poet’s life while getting to the spark that began the fire burning within him. ... more >

Zappa, baby, Zappa

“We were loud. We were coarse. We were strange. And if anyone in the audience ever gave us any problems, we would tell them to fuck off” (Frank Zappa)
Frank Zappa, Steve Vai and Pamela Des Barres
Directed by Alex Winter

Anyone who loves or is knowledgeable about music knows what the name and the ever-so-unique man defines. Alex Winter’s fantastic documentary, “Zappa,” was made possible by being one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns since crowdfunding became a thing. In only one month’s time the campaign achieved over a million dollars. Frank Zappa’s legacy is strong. Winter was granted ... more >

Without making compromises knockout Romanian documentary “Collective,” a great big, and much-needed, boost for journalism, casts the spotlight on a nation’s corruption-ridden healthcare system while

One of the best documentaries of the year
Directed by Alexander Nanau

If living in this world has taught us nothing else, it is that we have long learned that when those in power lie and manipulate facts, a serpent of deceit is born and slithers through our societies devouring what is true and fair. “Collective” is a Romanian film that examines cutting through bullshit fed to the public by corrupt people in power in order to get to the facts and achieve ... more >

A film of many sinners and few saints, “The Devil All the Time” | REVIEW

"Some people were born just so they could be buried"
Bill Skarsgård, Donald Ray Pollock, Tom Holland and Riley Keough

“The Devil All the Time” is the excellent adaptation of the deliciously nasty and viciously grim novel from Donald Ray Pollock, who also narrates the film. This is the kind of southern pulp that grabs its audience by the hair and places them among the violent nature of its characters, all the while weaving a down-home gothic tale soaking in religiosity. But this is far from the wistful “come to ... more >