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Dances With Films Festival 2018 – Opening Night Review – ‘No Alternative’

The amazing and movie filled Dances With Films Festival 2018 (taking place June 7-17 at the Chinese 6 Theaters at Hollywood and Highland – go to www.danceswithfilms.com for more details!) is now underway and the flicks are unspooling hard and fast!  Both Jason and Michael are getting ready for a busy cinematic weekend, so their first piece of coverage hits now – ladies and gentlemen from the perspectives of the young and old Coleman gents here is the review of the DWF 2018 opening night film. Continue reading ‘Dances With Films Festival 2018 – Opening Night Review – ‘No Alternative’’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Six New Indie Titles

Even in the midst of a major film festival the Indie outing dissections just keep on coming from yours truly.  (Whew!)  In any case flicks all over the map this week to add a little lesser-known film joy to the movie going experience.  Tales of complicated family woes, docs on decent dudes and old film saviors, a hotel with a hook in everyone, a bank job gone awry and the dark side of a family tree all get the small skinny treatment via the six films that make up this week’s edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Up for examination – Nancy, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Saving Brinton, Middleground, 211 and Hereditary all below!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles

In between big budget outings it’s good to know that Indie flicks are still alive and well for the film fan who demands more movies.  This week sees five lesser known flicks hitting the big screen and thanks to continued cinematic diversity in smaller film fare there’s a little something for everyone.  (Well, almost everyone!)  Old school tales of revenge and microchips, righting war history wrongs, youths and their get rich quick schemes, growing up in the gaming era and enlightened females gone mad all make up the works featured in this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the short opinions on Upgrade, The Last Witness, American Animals, eHero, and The Misandrists below!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Four New Indie Titles

Back finally with a picture pause last week (the worthwhile looking First Reformed was again not made available to me!) to highlight the smaller film fare for fans looking for something off the beaten path.  Mostly genre work and a pinch foreign film fare seem to be taking over this edition’s crop of cinematic hopefuls with tales of blind witnesses, insight into the private life of scary scribes, an arcade game that requires more than quarters to play and youthful coming-of-age after parental loss all making up the flicks dissected via this week’s Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the skinny on In Darkness, Mary Shelley, Sequence Break and Summer 1993 all below.

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Board, Blast Away and Have Fun with ‘Solo,’ A Star Wars Story (Movie Review)

Star Wars Solo I was very much against this movie being made ever since it was originally announced.  I even rejoiced when the rumored Boba Fett film crashed and burned.  It’s not that I don’t want another Star Wars film, because I do.  It’s because of the fact I can’t credibly think of a world where you can ever do Han Solo justice in his early years with anyone besides Harrison Ford portraying the character.  I know that’s being completely short-minded, but that’s just me and my selfish/bullish beliefs.  I never said I was perfect, far from it in fact.  However, then a flick came around and changed my mind on how I saw the Star Wars universe, in particular the spinoffs.  That gem was Rogue One.  I adore everything about the feature despite the fact that not a single Jedi with a lightsaber was pictured in it.  Well, there was that Darth Vader guy, and what a scene/spectacle that was!  Needless to say the trailers for Solo here looked like an absolute blast.  Given the fact that I was enamored by Rogue One I have nothing but longing hope for much the same sentiments with Solo here.  And oh yeah!  That’s what we’re gathered here today to tackle down below.  Time to rev up the hyperdrive! Continue reading ‘Board, Blast Away and Have Fun with ‘Solo,’ A Star Wars Story (Movie Review)’

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Jason Coleman’s Top Ten Movie Game Changers

While various frivolous top ten lists come and go (and according to my previous stomping grounds Starpulse.com are the sole key to site traffic!) there always seems to be a slight disconnect between the writer and the cinematic subjects they are highlighting.  Taking into account trends, movies with legacies and selections that stand out, most lists in a sole effort to be Goggled lack personal insight and passion from the scribe to take things to the next level.  So in looking over my own work recently as a film critic I wanted to get a little more intimate and thus give anyone interested a detailed walk down movie memory lane Jason Coleman style.  So what follows below are ten films that in my life changed the game in terms of what a film could be and my personal stories behind their inclusion.  (Listed by year and not importance folks!)  These are not merely popular choices nor films that were my only favorites, but flicks that took elements in their various genres and elevated them to a place that some movies only dream of going – in short films that had a profound effect on me.  (And remember I grew up in the 80’s hence the small timeline!)  Spilling my movie geek guts for all to see, here are my…Top Ten Movie Game Changers!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles

Five new Indie flicks to check out this week that hopefully keep lesser-known cinema alive and well.  (Or in some cases at least still breathing!)  Tales of romance under dark circumstances, the passion of people climbing tall structures, what to do when disenfranchised with life, a wedding run amok and a little feisty female payback all headline the movies covered via this week’s Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical opinions on the five films Beast, Mountain, The Escape, Another Kind Of Wedding and Revenge all laid out below! Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles

Indie never ends – thanks goodness!  Five smaller screen outings this week up for dissection that may or may not cleanse the cinematic palate for the avid film fan seeking on-screen solace.  (You ultimately decide folks!)  Tales of resurrecting love at all costs, putting life on the line for another, human survival in Nazi times, weird ways to clear the mind and body and the truth about the SAT’s are the subjects of the flicks via this week’s Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the cinematic skinny on the films Andover, Bad Samaritan, The 12th Man, The Cleanse and The Test & The Art Of Thinking all below.  (Plus you can join me for a little Q&A fun this Friday, May 4th at 7pm AMC DINE-IN Sunset 5 in LA for Andover with the likes of Jonathan Silverman, Scout Taylor-Compton, Writer/Director Scott Perlman and many more – click HERE for tickets and details!) Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Three New Indie Titles

Sorry movie fans – sadly only a mere tripod of Indie flicks reviewed this week.  (Both Backstabbing For Beginners and Disobedience were not made available to me!)  But at least there’s a pinch of smaller film fare to provide some cinematic counterbalance to the mighty Marvel big budget stuff.  Tales of being trapped on a highway by a rifle wielding madman, a saga of two bumbling lawmen looking to regain their jobs and the adventures of a woman in search of love via many gentlemen suitors all make up the movies dissected via this week’s edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the skinny on Downrange, The Escape Of Prisoner 614 and Let The Sunshine In all below!

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It All Converges Here – Avengers: Infinity War (Movie Review)

Avengers Infinity WarYou would have to be living under a rock if you’re not familiar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) of films by now.  Avengers: Infinity War is basically the culmination that we have been waiting for all these years in regards to everything that has come before (referring to the Phase 1-3 of MCU films).  I guess one could call this film a proverbial melting pot so to speak.  It’s intended to be the sequel to pretty much everything that has happened thus far in the MCU. Coincidentally that would also make this the nineteenth film in the MCU too.  Needless to say we’ve certainly come a long way since the very first Iron Man, which I remember like it was only yesterday, driving to Best Buy to buy it on Blu-ray and more. That’s what happens when you get old folks.  Time becomes a big blur, but I digress.  Let me grab my Infinity Stones gauntlet cookie jar (yes I have one) and get this ensemble party started down below. Continue reading ‘It All Converges Here – Avengers: Infinity War (Movie Review)’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Eight New Indie Titles

Keeping up with all things Indie, this week sports a massive eight outings that try to tickle movie bone in every genre.  Coming of age stories with hair-raising results, disputes over home and hearth, kidnappings that get complicated, supernatural believe it or not encounters, a doc dissection of Grace Jones, a battle amongst humans and A.I., detective tales with a dark side and the perils of being young and full of angst all make up the various films covered in this week’s edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the skinny on Wildling, Little Pink House, 10×10, Ghost Stories, Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami, Genesis, Dark Crimes and And Then I Go below!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Six New Indie Titles

A half-dozen Indie outings up for critical dissection this week, some new, some not so new (got swamped with flicks from BHFF 2018 last week – but I’m catching up!), but all get their movie review day in the sun.  Tales of love found and lost, inheriting a family, the effective of a passionate woman, therapy gone awry, horror via online video submission and a doc on the more damning possible consequences of technology all make up the six flicks covered in this weeks edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the small size opinions on Submergence, All At Once, Krystal, Aardvark, #Screamers and Do You Trust This Computer? all below!

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Exclusive: ‘Marrowbone’ Five-Star Review PLUS Bonus Director Sergio G. Sánchez Q&A!

While it’s still early in the year, it seems five-star film fare of 2018 is alive and well.  The captivating new thriller Marrowbone (out April 13 In Theaters, On Demand, Amazon Video, and iTunes from Magnet Releasing) is the latest flick to exceed cinematic expectations (at least in this critic’s humble opinion!) and as such is the singular focus of this extra special article.  Marrowbone is a well-woven ghost story via The Impossible and The Orphanage writer Sergio G. Sánchez here making his directorial debut about four young siblings who work hard to become recluse inside the family home after their mother dies to avoid being separated – but their haunted homestead has some equally harrowing surprises.  The film features a myriad of tasty twists and turns, some wonderful visual style and a killer cast across the board including the likes of Mia Goth, George MacKay (so good in Captain Fantastic!), Charlie Heaton of Stranger Things fame and the always amazing Anya Taylor-Joy.  (She’s also in my other five-star favorite from this year Thoroughbreds!)  So to celebrate the upcoming release of one damn stellar piece of cinema below is my full dogs review of the film (I give movie credit where it’s due film fans!) plus for those eager for a little bit more insight I scored an exclusive interview with the maestro behind the movie writer/director Sergio G. Sánchez who chatted about everything from balancing the film’s dark and hopeful tone to his inspired casting of the members of the Marrowbone family foursome.  Highlighting awesome outings that deserve to be seen, here’s the skinny on…Marrowbone!

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Beverly Hills Film Festival 2018 – Final Film Reviews

The end is near!  The 18th Annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival 2018 recently turned off the projector light for this year, but we still have a few loose movie ends to tie up.  (Hey, there were a LOT of flicks this year!)  We’re checking out four final features to end our cool comprehensive coverage on a good note.  Stories of surviving a night of hell, the visual bravado of the guys behind the camera, friends who make friend do atrocious things and helping a girl grow up by using anger cover the subject of the four feature flicks dissected below.  Check out the reviews of Saviors, Keepers Of The Magic, Destination: Dewsbury and Dominika via our…Final Film Reviews!   Continue reading ‘Beverly Hills Film Festival 2018 – Final Film Reviews’

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Beverly Hills Film Festival 2018 – Fourteen Short Film Reviews

So many films, so little time!  The 18th Annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival is wrapping up, but there are still a bunch of flicks to dissect.  Being this is Sunday and all, this article is being dedicated to shorts and this year’s fest certainly had no shortage.  So below we take on a whopping fourteen pieces of smaller cinema, all reviewed in appropriate short from of course.  From tales of family bonding over fowl to the effects of evil blue milk, check out the skinny on the BHFF 2018…Fourteen Short Film Reviews below!

 

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Beverly Hills Film Festival 2018 – First Film Reviews

And the flicks just keep on coming!  For all LA based film fanatics the 18th Annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival taking place Wednesday, April 4th thru Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the famed TCL Chinese Theatre at Hollywood and Highland (go to www.beverlyhillsfilmfestival.com for more info!) is well underway and there are even more movies to be see.  But we’re giving an initial critical look at three films we’ve now seen and the prognosis is positive.  Two docs – one on commerce vs. creativity in the gaming world and one on the history of women in Hollywood – plus a dramatic indie that examines the consequences of ones actions make up the trio of features dissected below.  Check out the critical opinions on Play Money, The Women Who Run Hollywood and Hunting Lands via our continued BHFF 2018 coverage…First Film Reviews.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Seven New Indie Titles

For your consideration seven Indie titles are dissected this week that run the gamut quality wise.  (Even big budget stuff has ups and downs film fans!)  Tales involving creepy cults and weird worm holes, docs about damage to the poor by big government, car crashes with a side of criminal activity, a down under yarn about race, truth and consequences, crazed chaos surrounding organ harvesting, a murder mystery with memory holes and a tale of otherworldly female revenge all make up the smaller film fare via this week’s edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the skinny on The Endless, ACORN And The Firestorm, Accident, Sweet Country, Lowlife, Spinning Man and Killing Joan all dissected below!

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Blockers Is Like a Good Pixar Film, Something In It For Both Young & Old To Enjoy (Movie Review)

BlockersI really hope this goes without saying, but you never know.  The worst you can ever do is to assume.  So here’s the million dollar question I feel I need to ask before we start legitimately talking about the new comedy film Blockers.  You all know what the rooster in front of the word “Blockers” here refers to, right?  That title while vulgar would have been so much more what do I want to say…sexy.  Not that this movie needs anything else to sell it since the positive word of mouth from last month’s SXSW screening, but clever marketing never hurts.  However, I completely understand the PC World (not the magazine title) we all live in and Universal’s primary goal is making sure this one is in as many theaters as possible and of course seats are filled.  I think they have a winner on their hands here, but stick around below and I’ll fill y’all in on why I confidently believe so. Continue reading ‘Blockers Is Like a Good Pixar Film, Something In It For Both Young & Old To Enjoy (Movie Review)’

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