Author: William Brownridge

Review: Churchill

In the days before D-Day in WWII, Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) is doing just about everything he can to convince the Allied forces that they need to change their plans. With only 96 hours until the proposed operation, Churchill is ignored, ridiculed, and swept aside. Fearful that this operation will end in the same way as one he led in Gallipoli in 1915, Churchill must try to come to terms with his demons, find faith in his fellow commanders, and bring hope to the people. It seems as if director Jonathan Teplitzky and writer Alex von Tunzelmann’s Churchill goes against much of what...

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Review: Awakening the Zodiac

Mick (Shane West) and Zoe Branson (Leslie Bibb) are struggling to make ends meet, living out of a trailer in Virginia. Instead of trying to save what little money they can get together through work, Mick splits on a storage locker auction with his friend Harvey (Matt Craven). Zoe is upset, but Harvey lets them know that the locker contained something that could be very valuable. Tucked away in a dresser is some 8mm films, which contain footage of the Zodiac Killer murdering a couple. With a $100,000 reward still available for anybody with information leading to an arrest,...

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Review: Drone

Private contractor Neil (Sean Bean) works as a drone operator performing strikes against terrorist targets for the CIA. His family, son Shane (Maxwell Haynes) and wife Ellen (Mary McCormack), are unaware of what he actually does for work. One year after a strike in Pakistan, Imir Shaw (Patrick Sabongui) arrives on Neil’s doorstep looking to buy his boat, but with news of classified documents revealing the names of contract workers for the government, it may be more than a boat that Imir is searching for. Director Jason Bourque brings a solid, if somewhat expected thriller to life with Drone. Although a majority...

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Review: Score: A Film Music Documentary

Star Wars. Superman. Batman. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Jaws. Psycho. What would all those films have been without their iconic music? Quite possibly they wouldn’t be nearly as successful as they were. There would still be an importance and impact to those films and genres, but it’s the score to those films that makes them truly iconic. You probably can’t run up a flight of stairs without humming the theme to Rocky, and a shootout in the dusty desert just wouldn’t feel the same without the tune of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly running through your mind. Looking...

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Review: #AnAmericanDream

#AnAmericanDream is the latest offering from Ken Finkleman, who is best known for his television series The Newsroom. #AnAmericanDream is a dark comedic journey, rife with social commentary and sardonic parodies, about a gullible young man as he journeys through the perils (or is it mainstays?) of modern day American society. #AnAmericanDream is reminiscent of a Choose Your Own Adventure book, in which something happens, then something else happens, and something else after that, but without much meaning or consequence overall. Supporting characters and events are clearly constructed with underlying similarities to real events south of the border in mind,...

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Inside Out 2017 Review: Picture This

Describing himself as “queer cripple”, Andrew Gurza is facing the difficulties of discussing sex and disability head on. A topic that is rarely discussed in any way that has real power or meaning, Andrew has been bringing the reality of sex with disabilities to the forefront. He’s created a podcast called Deliciously Disabled, and also helped to create Justify My Love, a sex-positive play party that garnered attention worldwide. As Andrew prepares for the second Justify My Love, viewers are taken through the numerous challenges faced by Andrew and others as they attempt to deal with their sexuality in a...

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Indie Tuesdays: White Raven

Old friends Pete (Steve Bradley), Jake (Aaron Brooks), Kevin (Andrew Dunbar), and Dan (Shane Twerdun) are about to get together for their yearly guys weekend. It’s a chance for them to reconnect, as well as getting away from the problems of their everyday life. Jake is dealing with job loss that is putting stress on his marriage. Dan has been avoiding relationships by hooking up with waitresses at his work, but he’s gotten one of them pregnant and he’s not sure what to do. Kevin is pretty sure that his wife has been cheating on him, and Pete is...

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