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The Burnt Orange Heresy
Opening in select theaters. Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland in an art-heist film? Yes, please! Here's the good news, Donald Sutherland plays one of his best characters ever in this film, Mick Jagger is fantastic in his role as a polite art collector with no scruples, and the story has several compelling twists and turns that keep it interesting. The bad news is that it takes a good 30 minutes to get anywhere of substance. And the ending, while exciting, feels really rushed and incomplete. ...
 
3.2
 
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American Street Kid
Available on most streaming services. We've all seen teens living on the street. We've all ignored them. If you watch this documentary, you will never ignore them again. You will never look at them the same way ever again. This will change you. This is one of the most moving and powerful documentaries I have ever seen. It is brutal and heartbreaking, but it is also inspiring and filled with hope. You will find yourself cheering for these kids and hoping they will find the...
 
4.8
 
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Desert One
Streaming online via some independent theaters. If you are old enough to remember the American hostages being held in Iran for over 400 days this is a documentary that you will want to see. During the final year of the Carter presidency, he worked with members of the military to orchestrate a rescue mission that they all knew was going to be all but impossible to accomplish. Unfortunately, their fears were realized when the mission turned into a horrific disaster. This informative, emotional, and cathartic documentary let's the people...
 
3.7
 
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Tesla
Available on demand and in select theaters. There have been several films made over the last few years about the Tesla/Edison/Morgan/Westinghouse electricity rivalry. I have a theory on this. A few years ago the Tesla car became exceedingly popular in the Los Angeles area. I'm guessing that just about every screenwriter in town Googled "Tesla" looking for the car and then stumbled across the story of these men and their competition. They all wrote screenplays and tried to sell them to every studio in town. And it seems like every studio bought one. ...
 
2.5
 
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Enter The Forbidden City
Available on Blu-Ray and some streaming services. I am a huge fan of Chinese cinema. If you've never experienced a true Chinese film, it is an acquired taste...a lot like British humor. But once you get it, chances are you'll love it. This film is a perfect example of Chinese cinema. It is filled with incredible visuals and beautiful artistry and choreography. The costumes are spectacular, and the filming locations are second to none. The story is based on the true story of a performing troupe going to the...
 
3.7
 
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Boys State
Streaming on AppleTV+. I'll be honest, when I first saw the trailer for this documentary I was put off. The last thing I want to do in 2020 is watch a bunch of politically-charged teens yelling at each other. But then I watched it. And it was AMAZING! The transformation in these boys over the course of just one week is incredible, and so compelling to watch. Beyond that, this film is hilarious. Within the first few minutes I was already laughing out loud, and by the end I couldn't...
 
3.8
 
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The Secret Garden
Streaming on Apple or VUDU. This is one of those stories that pops up as a feature film every generation. On one hand it makes a lot of sense because it is a story filled with beautiful images. On the other hand, the story is not nearly as great as the visuals and the two main characters are thoroughly unlikable. Mary is obnoxious, treats everyone with disrespect, and refuses to do what she is told. Colin is a whiny, defeated, brat. It makes zero sense that these two would ever become friends, and...
 
2.9
 
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Black Is King
Streaming exclusively on Disney+. Beyonce is one of those creative people that seems to be years ahead of the rest of the artistic world. This visual album is the next piece of evidence to support that theory. This is something that feels like it would be impossible to pull off for everyone except a tiny handful of people. The visuals are stunning. The whole experience is striking and beautiful. The colors are vibrant, the dance is beautiful and powerful, the imagery is inspiring, and the cinematography is epic. It really...
 
3.8
 
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Sputnik
Streaming on Amazon, Apple, and Google Play. Sitting at home and watching a good horror flick can be fun. Sitting at home and watching a bad horror flick can be a dreadful experience. SPUTNIK leans much more towards dreadful than fun. First off, this film is a slow burn. It takes forever to get to the horror part, and by the time it finally got there I was so bored that I didn't really care anymore. I just wanted it to end. What is sad...
 
2.1
 
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The Old Guard
Streaming exclusively on Netflix. I knew nothing about this film when I started watching it. For the first three minutes I thought it was going to be another in a long line of typical action flicks. And then something happened. Something amazing and unique. Something that made me sit up and say, "Yes! I love it, and I need that explained now!" This film is filled with twists, layers of complexity, difficult decisions, regret, and nefarious plans built to serve the greater good. It is so much more than an action flick, but...
 
3.8
 
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Extraction
Streaming exclusively on Netflix. If you are craving one of those action flicks where it's one guy versus hundreds, the task is impossible, and every person the hero encounters wants him dead and is a martial arts master, well then this is the movie to satisfy your needs. This film dispenses with all of the frivolous stuff that layers a plot and characters. Instead it just jumps right into the battle and drags you along for the whole ride. Which is great, because you weren't going to have to use your brain...
 
2.9
 
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Beastie Boys Story
Streaming Exclusively on AppleTV+. When Adam Yauch (MCA) died in 2012 we all knew The Beastie Boys would never perform again. But what we did get from Adrock and Mike D, was an incredible, interactive, informative, and cathartic show that let us into the inner sanctum of the crazy trio. If you are wanting a typical documentary, this might be disappointing to you. This is a stage show, with an audience, where the remaining band members tell the story of the band while pictures and videos splash on the screen behind them. ...
 
3.8
 
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Greyhound
If you are a fan of war movies, this is a must-see movie. If you are a fan of Tom Hanks, this is a must-see movie. If you are a fan of really good movies, this is a must-see movie. It is surprising how much action and suspense is packed into a film that is only 90 minutes long, including end credits! While this is a strange and unprecedented year for film, it should be another year in which we see Tom Hanks up for an acting award. He may also be...
 
4.7
 
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Da 5 Bloods
Spike Lee is back again, giving us a look at an historic event from a different angle. His ability to help us see things from another viewpoint is extraordinary. This time he deals with the struggle of people of color during the Vietnam conflict. It is eye-opening, heart-breaking, and anger-inducing. This film is not for the squeamish. There is a lot of violence, blood, and gore. Lee doesn’t hold back at all when it comes to the hell of war. He continues the intensity and the effects that war has on people through the characters’ long-term...
 
4.4
 
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The King of Staten Island
For fans of SNL you already know what a fantastic talent Pete Davidson is. For everyone else, you are about to find out. Davidson plays the going-nowhere son of a hero firefighter killed in the line of duty. This had to be somewhat of a cathartic role for him since his real father was a firefighter killed on 9/11. Considering the subject matter and this being Davidson's first starring role in a feature film, this could have easily fallen off the rails and become a 2-hour slog. Instead, it has a special magic to it that...
 
3.7
 
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