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Review: Wander

— by RON WILKINSON —

Opening with a nicely done highway accident in a colorless prairie, the setting could be Roswell New Mexico. The scenery is so plain and the tarmac so barren there must be something bad just outside of camera range. The shots shift to a huge red sign marking the entry into the local town, Wander. The sign might as well be marking the “High Plains Drifter” hometown of Lago, although disgraced detective Arthur Bretnik hardly takes the place of The Stranger. The Stranger knew too much and Arthur knows nothing.

Even better would be Aqua Caliente from “For Few Dollars More.” Either way there is hot water under foot and Bretnik, distracted to the point of hallucination, appears far out of his depth. (CONTINUED)


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Exclusive Interview: Director Jimmy Olsson

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Review: The Jump

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Exclusive Interview: Producer David Thies

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — A stellar film from 2019 that continues to be a success with streaming and rental services, “The Peanut Butter Falcon” somewhat flew under the general public’s radar upon its initial release. However, it picked up many accolades and awards from film festivals and critics associations along the way, and has […][...]