AUTHOR | Anthony Francis

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MOVIE REVIEW: M. Night Shyamalan’s “OLD”

There seems to be a wave of hatred against the films of M. Night Shyamalan. Armchair internet wannabe critics love to trash his work these days. This is completely unfair. While it may seem that his ability to make a great film is behind him, Shyamalan has only truly stumbled once or twice. Save for his two director-for-hire studio films “The Last Airbender” and “After Earth," I believe the ... more >

REVIEW: “After the end,” a film about the search for new beginnings

The world has been thrust into darkness. Inside a house, gloved hands fumble around, searching for sustenance. A masked young man enters a bedroom, and in a sharp cut, he sees two dead and diseased bodies. We smash cut to the daytime on a sunny, open road as the man travels by bike in a quiet and seemingly lifeless world. “After the End”, is a film about isolation in the time of a deadly virus. ... more >

“THE FIVE RULES OF SUCCESS,” directed by Orson Oblowitz and starring Isidora Goreshter, Roger Guenveur Smith and Jonathan Howard (REVIEW)

“The Five Rules of Success” reaches for the stars, swings for the fences, and shoots for the moon with its visual style. Writer/director/cinematographer Orson Oblowitz has crafted a film that is always stunning to look at and involves the audience in its disturbing story through artful design and intense direction. An ex-con (an extremely good Santiago Segura, referred to as only “X”) is ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: Mark Wahlberg stars in “Joe Bell,” directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, with Reid Miller, Connie Britton and Maxwell Jenkins

This is the time for important social issues to be dealt with through the world of cinema. Prejudice and misplaced hatred are at the forefront of the current America and any film that deals with bullying of the LGBTQ communities (especially the youth) have an unfortunately relevant place in our theaters. Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “Joe Bell” is a film that wants to speak out against the hatred ... more >

“Broken Diamonds” | REVIEW

Deadpan and natural comedic situations infused with pathos is difficult to successfully pull off. Writer-director James L. Brooks proved himself to be quite the master at that style of filmmaking. After his massive success with 1983’s “Terms of Endearment,” many Hollywood dramedies tried to reach for that golden ring that Brooks made look so effortless on screen. Most failed or could never find ... more >

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro,” “FEAR AND LOATHING IN ASPEN” | REVIEW

Weston Cage Coppola, Blake Lindsley and Jay Bulger
Directed by Bobby Kennedy III

In 1970 Hunter S. Thompson began a bizarre run for sheriff of Pitkin County, Col., where he ran on the “Freak Power” ticket. The title of Thompson’s ticket is a pushback on the prejudice toward the local hippies from his opponent Carol Whitmire. Coming on the heels of the documentary “Freak Power: The Ballot or the Bomb,” which examined the same subject, writer/director Bobby Kennedy III’s “Fear ... more >

Mother Earth Is Not Happy; “GAIA”

South African film forces us to rethink our view of nature
Starring Monique Rockman, Carel Nel and Alex van Dyk
Directed by Jaco Bouwer

"Spellbinding" is not a word I throw around lightly. Where South African filmmaker Jaco Bouwer’s latest film “Gaia” is concerned it is richly deserved. While this is a film with a few issues, what works overpowers flaws. Gaia is the goddess of the Earth in Greek mythology. In the seventies, scientist, environmentalist and futurist James Lovelock developed the “Gaia hypothesis,” one that ... more >