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Review: Closure

— by RON WILKINSON —

Debut writer/director Alex Goldberg comes out swinging in this remarkably well put together second effort. The star of the film is Los Angeles and the film maker strips it naked without judgment or sentimentality. A young cast and crew anchor a drama about the youngest city in the world, emotionally if not demographically. Some people go there to get famous; some go there to get lost.

Catia Ojeda does the heavy lifting as Nina. Just off the boat from the Mid-west, Nina has parachuted into L.A. to inform her estranged sister of their mother’s recent death and to do something appropriate with Mom’s ashes. Consistent with the search-for-the-lost-person trope, Nina runs into a host of eccentric, adrift and dangerous persons who represent the faces of the city. The most prominent advice is to go back to Kansas, but, of course, there is no turning back. (CONTINUED)


Review: Je T’aime Moi Non Plus

— by RON WILKINSON — Anyone who saw the raw energy of Marlin Brando in “The Wild One” knew he was exactly that. Then came James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause,” followed by his next (and last) two flicks in which he was even wilder. “Easy Rider” and “Five Easy Pieces” followed with the […][...]


Review: Entangled

— by RON WILKINSON — A life crisis finds its way to the screen along with a young cast and crew. Deep seated fears about growing up in the modern material world are made worse by wealth and privilege. There are temptations aplenty here, fame, fortune and exotic, if glossy, sex. The shots are luxuriant, […][...]


Review: Ága

— by BEV QUESTAD — Would any normal, healthy young adult choose to live with parents in an animal-hide yurt out on the freezing tundra of northern Russia with no other sign of human life? Isn’t being self-sufficient, melting a block of ice for water and ice fishing for dinner, a dream adventure? It’s one […][...]


Review: A German Youth

— by RON WILKINSON — History is ignored at the risk of repeating it, and this movie grapples with the junction of art and memory. It may not be possible to convey historic images without distortion. This does not stop director Jean-Gabriel Periot from splashing “ripped from the headlines” archival footage across the screen. Viewing […][...]


Review: In the Shadow of the Moon

— by RON WILKINSON — Director Jim Mickle stays on safe ground with this routine, if well produced, sci-fi thriller. A serial killer stalks Philadelphia, offing seemingly random people in an outlandishly gruesome way. Lots of gore ensues, as the weapon of choice is a hemorrhagic toxin that kills people by making them bleed from […][...]


Review: Collisions

— by BEV QUESTAD — Coming home from school, 12-year old Itan and her younger brother, Neto, are shocked to find their house ransacked and their mother missing. Itan knows something bad has happened, but there is no one there to explain just what. A dangerous shift occurs when precocious Itan, a promising science student […][...]


Review: Diego Maradona

— by RON WILKINSON — Born in the slums of Argentina, Maradona soared. The Golden Boy of 1980s world class soccer, his debut with Barcelona football club was the most expensive contract to date. The biggest paycheck with the most powerful club in the world. Still, Pele, his predecessor and holder of “best player” creds […][...]


Review: Monos

— by RON WILKINSON — Children taking on adult roles is inherently scary. Perhaps it is scary to adults because we are afraid of what might happen if we were ever confronted with kids who had unquestionable, absolute control over everything we did. Combine that with a feeling of isolation so total you could cut […][...]