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The Immigrant – Movie Review

Note: this review will be featured on the Phoenix Film Festival’s website on Friday, May 23rd. The year is 1921. In the aftermath of World War I, many Europeans fled the war-torn region to find a more hospitable, accepting society on the other side of the Atlantic. Arriving at Ellis Island, these immigrants hoped to achieve… Read more »

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Her – Movie Review

Her is Spike Jonze’s impressively powerful masterpiece about humanity’s connection with technology and, more importantly, the perseverance and development of love. The movie centers on Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a man who writes handwritten letters for couples who want to express their love but potentially don’t understand how; he’s there to act as that connection. He’s around love… Read more »

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The Best Male Leads of 2012

Note: I have yet to see Amour, for which Jean-Louis Trintignant could possibly have shown up on this list. I apologize for the exclusion, but I will be seeing the film in early January. There are always outstanding performances each year, but I can’t think of one in recent memory that has held a stronger… Read more »