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“Danny Says” is a larger than life look at an underground rock and roll legend

“Danny Says” is a larger than life look at an underground rock and roll legend

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com In 1980, The Ramones released their fifth studio album, End of the Century, which included the love ballad “Danny Says”, a departure from their typical sweaty rock and roll hits. “Danny Says” went on to become one of the band’s more well-known songs and was covered by artists such as the Foo […]

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“The Lovers and the Despot” – A film to die for [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Lovers and the Despot” – A film to die for [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson In an absolute case of “truth is stranger than fiction,” “The Lovers and the Despot” both defies credulity and inspires awe.  This documentary by Rob Cannan and Ross Adam tells the story of South Korean film makers, Shin Sang-ok, a director of renown, and his ex-wife Choi Eun-hee, that country’s most famous […]

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Canadian-set ‘Yoga Hosers’ is ‘Eh’-mazingly Absurd

Canadian-set ‘Yoga Hosers’ is ‘Eh’-mazingly Absurd

by Morgan Rojas/ www.cinemacy.com   One of the more wildly talked about movies from this year’s Sundance Film Festival that finally hit theaters earlier this month is the flamboyant comedy-meets-fantasy film, “Yoga Hosers,” directed by Kevin Smith. Set in a small Canadian town where the accents are as thick as maple syrup, two 15-year-old best friends, […]

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“London Road” – To and from and back again [MOVIE REVIEW]

“London Road” – To and from and back again [MOVIE REVIEW]

  by Neely Swanson “London Road,” ostensibly about serial killings that centered on one street, the aforementioned London Road, in the seaside city of Ipswich about 70 miles from London, is deceptively about the much bigger topic of community under siege. Originally work-shopped at the National Theatre, conceived and written by Alecky Blythe in collaboration […]

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“Fatima” – Nowhere to turn [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Fatima” – Nowhere to turn [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Fatima” is certainly a well-intentioned film. Director Philippe Faucon grew up in France as a first generation child in a family where his grandparents never spoke French. They were part of an immigrant class who came to a new country and had a difficult time maneuvering in a culture that was alien […]

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“The Light Between Oceans” is a darkly poetic and affecting love story [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Light Between Oceans” is a darkly poetic and affecting love story [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Director Derek Cianfrance certainly has a knack for portraying “love lost and found.” His 2010 indie classic, “Blue Valentine,” is a moody and contemporary observation of one couple’s dysfunctional relationship while his 2013 indie hit, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” deals with familial struggles and the far-reaching repercussions of poor choices. Cianfrance […]

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“My King” – My life [MOVIE REVIEW]

“My King” – My life [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson In “My King,” writer/director Maïwenn  has given us the gift of another superb character drama of disturbing proportions. Her pervious film, “Polisse” was an intimate, one might even say claustrophobic study of the relationships between the members of the Child Protection Unit who form unbreakable bonds and support while investigating the kinds […]

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“Pete’s Dragon” is what a family movie should be: magical

“Pete’s Dragon” is what a family movie should be: magical

by H. Nelson Tracey/ www.cinemacy.com It’s a travesty that the description ‘family movie’ has become categorically marooned by studios and the public alike as a juvenile and tasteless affair. Animated movies aside, the subgenre is no longer seen for its potential: to enrich the lives of all those who watch it, provide a nourishing dose of […]

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“Abortion: Stories Women Tell” – Thoughtfully and painfully [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Abortion: Stories Women Tell” – Thoughtfully and painfully [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson Produced by HBO, one of the high water marks of documentary filmmaking, “Abortion: Stories Women Tell” is thoughtfully and incisively directed by Tracy Droz Tragos. “Abortion: Stories Women Tell” highlights the impact the lack of medical availability has on the women of Missouri, her home state and one of four states in […]

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“Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” Captures Grandeur of Mega Self-Help Event

“Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” Captures Grandeur of Mega Self-Help Event

by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” a new documentary about the larger-than-life motivational speaker and communicator, will be watched by three different types of people: the first, of course, will be Robbins’ ever-devout fans and followers, who most likely will praise the movie for its very existence. The second type of […]

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Spielberg and Disney’s ‘The BFG’ is a Sleepy Family-Friendly Adventure

Spielberg and Disney’s ‘The BFG’ is a Sleepy Family-Friendly Adventure

by H. Nelson Tracey/Cinemacy.com Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg teams up with Disney for the very first time in his five-decade career to adapt “The BFG,” a classic Roald Dahl novel starring this year’s Best Supporting Actor and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”). It sounds almost too good to be true, especially when you […]

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“Argentina” – Better than the film [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Argentina” – Better than the film [MOVIE REVIEW]

  by Neely Swanson Carlos Saura, the renowned Spanish filmmaker now in his mid 80s, has focused his lens on the folk dances of Argentina, much like he has done with the Flamenco, tango and fado music cultures. Enamored of the folk tradition of the Argentine countryside he has gathered together a group of popular […]

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In ‘Swiss Army Man’ the First Fart Will Make You Laugh, the Last Will Make You Cry [MOVIE REVIEW]

In ‘Swiss Army Man’ the First Fart Will Make You Laugh, the Last Will Make You Cry [MOVIE REVIEW]

Morgan Rojas & H. Nelson Tracey/www.cinemacy.com One should know what one is getting into with “Swiss Army Man,” and that is the number of fart jokes. But these aren’t the typical fart jokes associated with raunchy comedies (some of Adam Sandler’s projects come to mind), these fart jokes are insights into existential reflection and self-discovery. […]

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“Our Kind of Traitor” – But definitely one of us [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Our Kind of Traitor” – But definitely one of us [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Our Kind of Traitor,” Hossein Amini’s brilliant adaptation of John LeCarré’s novel directed by Susanna White, is breathtaking in every sense of the word from first moment to last. Opening on a dancer in mid-aerial pirouette, impossibly muscled, impossibly athletic, impossibly daring, White establishes her plot and characters immediately with this metaphoric […]

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Beauty is, literally, in the eye of the beholder in stylish, hypnotic “The Neon Demon”

Beauty is, literally, in the eye of the beholder in stylish, hypnotic “The Neon Demon”

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com After the credits roll and the lights come up, the older man sitting next to me says “So what’s for dinner?” and had we not just seen “The Neon Demon,” I may have said something like spaghetti and meatballs, but all I can muster up now is a slight chuckle while trying […]

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