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Review: I, Tonya

— by RON WILKINSON —

Unbridled ambition to rival Nicole Kidman’s “To Die For,” Tonya Harding’s story may be the dark comedy of the season. The first woman to land a triple axel in competition and one of only eight in the history of the sport, Harding was banned for life from skating competition. Spanning the early years of the champ’s life, and climaxing with her involvement in the assault of rival Nancy Kerrigan, this is a rocket blast of a tale of unvarnished brutality, unspeakable heartbreak and non-stop excitement.

Behind every performer there is a stage mom. Behind Tonya is her rink mom LaVona Golden. Although Margot Robbie gets the screen time, and deserves every bit of it, it is Allison Janney who steals the show. LaVona is a divorced single mom working as a waitress and spending every dime she has on making her daughter a champion. (CONTINUED)


Review: The New Radical

— by RON WILKINSON — After having invented the first internet distributed 3D printable gun, Cody Wilson was getting no respect. Once the authorities found out what he was doing, nobody would sell him a printer capable of making his masterpiece. Fedex and PayPal refused to service his business selling and shipping machines and assemblies […][...]


Review: Sweet Virginia

— by RON WILKINSON — Noir is difficult. And as of his second feature, director Jamie M. Dagg has a way to go. It is not enough to create a mystery thriller with a decent plot, there must be back stories. Without briefly dishing the dirt about why these lost souls inhabit the noir world, […][...]


Review: The Man Who Invented Christmas

— by RON WILKINSON — The season for tall tales is upon us and what better centerpiece than the immortal spook of all tales, “A Christmas Carol.” Dickens wracks his brain for a story as the writer’s worst nightmare looms. Poverty, homelessness, loss of a byline. Through those marvelously romantic London streets he roams. Sighting […][...]


Review: The Force

— by BEV QUESTAD — A staccato soundtrack by Justin Melland forebodes serious danger and grave trouble. The cinematographer/writer/director Peter Nicks, an Emmy Award-winning director, is the drive-along who lives to bring “The Force” to the screen. Earning the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Best Director for a Documentary Award, Nicks deserves it. He and his […][...]


Review: The Breadwinner

— by BEV QUESTAD — I couldn’t stop from noticing the ironic parallels in this film between the life of its producer, Angelina Jolie, and the life of women at large who are coming forward with complaints in one of the most advanced countries the world has ever known. Though “The Breadwinner” is an elegantly […][...]


Review: Trumping Democracy

— by BEV QUESTAD — I don’t mind advertisements. I know advertisers are trying their best to convince me to buy their product. Maybe they will even use a favorite pop song or celebrity. It’s okay. It’s an ad. But what if the ad is a lie? What if Pepsi said Coke causes cancer? What […][...]


Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo.

— by RON WILKINSON — Martin McDonagh’s latest has more in common with his brooding “In Bruges” than with star Francis McDormand’s signature “Fargo.” As she did with her North Dakota persona, she does with Mildred in Missouri. Only this time it is in spades. The sing-song, live and let live attitude of the northern […][...]


Review: The Divine Order

— by BEV QUESTAD — With footage of Gloria Steinem and the Women’s Liberation Movement, anti-Vietnam War protests, Hendrix posters, and Janis Joplin, this 1971 dramatization of the battle for women’s suffrage in a little village in Schweiz is a reminder, especially true with today’s havoc in Hollywood and politics, that power corrupts. “The Divine […][...]