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

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.

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

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.

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Movie Review: ‘Cinderella’

“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 …

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

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.

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2015 Athena Film Festival Review: ‘Difret’

Based on true events, Hirut Assefa, a 14-year-old Ethiopian school girl was the victim of telefa, a marriage abduction. Usually, when this happens, the girls are so demoralized that they do not resist, nor can they resist because their husband-to-be has the help of his friends to make the successful kidnapping. Hirut's story is different; what happens as a result of her kidnapping is an enthralling and eye-opening lesson in how one girl can take a stand for many, and in her stand, others join in to begin a movement to overthrow a system that existed for centuries.

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2015 Athena Film Festival Review: ‘Obvious Child’

Donna Stern is a stand-up comedienne whose comedy act has gone over the edge when she levels her shot-gun humor at her boyfriend who sits at the bar. After he breaks up with her, she tries to recoup but unbeknownst to her, she sets out on a collision course with deniability. If she wakes up in time to save herself, she will be able to use her humorous experiences in her act like she always does. If she doesn't, she and reality will collide and just maybe she'll have to step into adulthood.

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