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Athena Film Festival Review: ‘Dukhtar’

Salmeim Mumez, Afire Fohho, 'Dukhtar,' Pakistan, child marriages, 2015 Athena Film Festival

In a remote village in Pakistan, tribal customs prevail. Where blood lets blood, the killings must continue unless a sacrificial truce brings the warring clans together. Leader Tor Gul who is in his 60s has decided upon an offering that will keep the peace. He will marry Daulet Kahn's 10-year-old daughter Zainab. When mother Allah Rakhi discovers her daughter's proposed marriage, she considers her own repressive child marriage to Daulet Kahn. She has a choice to make: allow the marriage following tradition or escape with Zainab over the mountains risking her life. Read More »

SXSW Movie Review: William F. Buckley, Asteroids and Al Qaeda

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SXSW presents three documentaries: "Best of Times," "They Will Have to Kill Us First," and "Disaster Playground." Read More »

SXSW: Movie Review – ‘Manglehorn’ – Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, and a Cat

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Most movies are the merging of technology and short stories, novels or sagas. Manglehorn is technology merged with a poem. It is the story of a locksmith who has lost the love of his life because of something he has done and lives in self-imposed isolation. Manglehorn has constructed a cocoon of memories and fantasies, keeping his son, a former protégé, and the hope of new love at arm’s length. Read More »

SXSW: Movie Review – ‘The Last Man on the Moon’ and ‘Love and Mercy’

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Two remarkable biographies premiered on the screens of SXSW this year. 'The Last Man on the Moon,' profiling Astronaut Gene Cernan, and 'Love and Mercy,' which brings us into the life of Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police’

'Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police,' The Police, Sting, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers, 'One Train Later,'

Why did The Police stop playing together in 1983? Why did they come together again and go on a world tour from 2007-2008? Andy Summers' memoir 'One Train Later' the basis of the documentary film 'Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police' gives an inside look revealing never before seen photographs and footage of the band at its classic moments. And it reveals clues as to why the band dissolved at the apex of their celebrity and power and came back together to go on phenomenal mind-bending tours. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Cinderella’

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“Midnight is just the beginning.” Director Sir Kenneth Branagh crafts an amazing, expansive fairytale film with a quality crew and cast including a star making role by Lily James (TV’s Downton Abbey), and featuring Oscar-winning Cate Blanchett as the infamous stepmother (Lady Tremane). James holds her own with Blanchett as their relationship anchors the film, yielding real emotional responses without ... Read More »

Blu-ray Review: Best Buy Exclusive ‘WolfCop’ – Written and Directed by Lowell Dean

WolfCop, Lowell Dean

Run on out to your local Best Buy and pick up a copy before the next full moon, you won’t be sorry. Read More »

3rd Annual First Time Fest Review: ‘I Believe in Unicorns’

'I Believe in Unicorns,' Leah Meyerhoff, Natalia Dyer, 3rd Annual Film Fest

The fantastic and the real are parallel worlds. Fantasy can help us slide over rough patches or painful times in various stages of our lives. For 16-year-old Davinia, the two realms have coexisted peacefully. The magical realm helps her overcome the hardships she faces taking care of her debilitated mom who is in a wheelchair. It is when Davinia decides to make decisions about her life after her 16th birthday that Sterling enters her life. Can he be the prince/unicorn who has inhabited her fanciful dreams? Or will she make him into a dragon? She, after all, holds the wand of magic, but she is taking a risk and may lose everything she finds comforting. Read More »

SXSW: Movie Review – ‘Ex Machina’ – A Needful Robot

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Flexing the mental muscles of this year's SXSW attendees are debates about robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Both Interactive sessions and films shed light on this topic. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: ‘Halo: Nightfall’

Halo, Nightfall, Microsoft, Blu-ray

On its own, Halo: Nightfall isn't a science fiction masterpiece, like Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, but the movie does nothing to diminish the significance of the Halo franchise. Read More »