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Review: “It’s easy to die. They are making it hard for us to live” | TWO GODS

Film premiered at last Hot Docs Festival

Hanif Muhammad made the conscious decision to rise above the injustice and poverty that befell him and many in his community. Muhammad found himself incarcerated due to the many bad choices made in his youth, as he went down a wrong path for many years. Allowed a second chance to rise above it all and break the stereotypes that affected many of his friends and family from his neighborhood, ... more >

Review, “THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS”

When couples separate
Chris Coy, Clayne Crawford and Sepideh Moafi
Directed by Robert Machoian

Actor Clayne Crawford impressed me with his performance in the excellent and underrated 2012 thriller, “The Baytown Outlaws.” In a film full of over-the-top violence and macho posturing, Crawford found a realistic tone to his performance which kept the film centered. His film choices have been uninteresting and haven’t challenged him as an actor since this. Crawford is back on my radar with ... more >

The new Yimou Zhang spook thriller “悬崖之上 Impasse” and Toni Collette in “Dream Horse” | REVIEWS

“Impasse” Yimou Zhang has made some absolutely wonderful films over the years, including “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers.” His films typically delve into China’s past and complement historical stories with larger-than-life acrobatics and martial arts action. Zhang once again trains his lens on the past with “Impasse,” but this time it’s to the era of WWII. “Impasse” follows a group of ... more >

YES! But no. New Guy Ritchie “Wrath of Man” misses the mark | REVIEW

This is Guy Ritchie's only second film that's mostly set in the U.S.
Jason Statham, Holt McCallany and Rocci Williams
Directed by Guy Ritchie

There’s a decent idea for an action and revenge movie lurking somewhere in the mess that is the new Guy Ritchie movie “Wrath of Man.” For one, Jason Statham is present, so it’s foregone before the opening credits—done to the tune of a bizarro world, baroque James Bond style—have finished. In short: bad guys are going to die hard at Statham’s hands. They probably deserve it. What else do you ... more >

Juice, sweat and bike-riding desperados: “OUTLAWS”

A story of betrayal and life and death choices
Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee and Simone Kessell
Directed by Stephen McCallum

In the opening moment of “Outlaws” (scored to the Doom-tinged sound of the song “Lunacy” from the ambient-Rock group Swans), a leather-clad motorcycle gang cuts through the night streets like riders of an oncoming Apocalypse. It is a moment that immediately grabs and foreshadows the aura of the film. Director Stephen McCallum immediately assures us that his first feature film, while not ... more >

REVIEW | Stefano Sollima’s adaptation “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse” takes almost everything from the novel and completely throws it out

New Republic Pictures / Midnight Radio / Outlier Society
Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Turner-Smith and Jamie Bell
Directed by Stefano Sollima

In Tom Clancy’s excellent 1993 novel “Without Remorse,” a former Navy Seal Vietnam Veteran named John Kelly loses his pregnant wife in a car accident, befriends a former prostitute, helps her kick drugs, and finds her murdered by her ex-pimp who almost kills Kelly as well. Seeking revenge by murdering pimps and drug dealers, Kelly decimates a drug ring, goes on a mission to rescue POWs and ... more >