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Review: Kedi

— by RON WILKINSON — The best movie ever made for cat lovers opened this year around the world. The setting, deep in the city of Istanbul, is simply magnificent. Filming from the point of view of the city’s roaming cats amplifies the grandeur of one of the greatest nations in the world. Every frame […][...]

Review: The Work

— by RON WILKINSON — The best documentaries take on a life of their own. Some spiral out of control into territory unknown to the film makers. Some draw the crew too far into the story for their own good. Some reveal truths that no one anticipated. This super gritty look into Folsom prison gave […][...]

A look at Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

“Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” debuted at No. 1 in the US, making $22 million in its first week. The movie was released on Oct. 20 and Tyler Perry’s fans couldn’t wait to watch yet another movie directed by the well-known director, actor and writer, who is as versatile as pokies online, and again he […][...]

Review: Loving Vincent

— by RON WILKINSON — There is nothing more difficult to make than a great biopic, and the more powerful the subject the more difficult the film. Choosing to somehow pay homage to Vincent van Gogh was an awe-inspiring task. The resultant work is as beautiful and heartfelt as the work of the artist himself. […][...]

Interview: Filmmaker Daniel Miller

— by BEV QUESTAD — In “Discovering James Blue” (2014), created by students and supervised by Daniel Miller, filmmaker and professor at the University of Oregon, Blue is shown in teacher-mode with a bookcase lined up with video cassettes. He says, “Now what I thought … that if we could probe through all of this […][...]

Review: Citizen Blue

— by BEV QUESTAD — Who produced James Blue’s first films, where they were shown and in what ways he became a ground-breaking filmmaker are just some of the surprises in this bio-doc that make you stop and go, “What the heck?” James Blue was an innovative filmmaker, a charismatic professor of media and an […][...]

Review: Victoria and Abdul

— by BEV QUESTAD — “Victoria and Abdul” is a comedic masterpiece covering the last 15 years of Queen Victoria’s life. Subservient and polite, Abdul, a prison clerk, is diligently taking down names and data from convicts in a jail in India while numerous attendants are propping up a woman (we don’t see her face) […][...]

Persian Connection is must-watch for art lovers

— by SEAN HAMMOND — “The Persian Connection” premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival as “The Loner,” and such was the power and depth of the movie that it got picked up by art-house distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films to be released in North America this year. Written and directed by Daniel Y-Li Grove, “The […][...]

Review: The Mountain Between Us

— by RON WILKINSON — The scenario is all too familiar. The airlines are in chaos and the two travelers are stranded. As it turns out, the minds of two pilgrims themselves are in chaos as well. Alex (Kate Winslet) has planned her flight arrival just in time for her wedding. At first glance, she […][...]

Review: The Stray

— by BEV QUESTAD — Three nine-year-old boys are backpacking in the idyllic Colorado Mountains with one boy’s dad and dog. The sun and blue sky envelop the quintet with seeming good fortune as they sing songs to distract themselves from the long hike to the lake. Suddenly, “sad clouds,” as described by unhappy Christian […][...]