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Tony SheppardTony is a Professor at Sacramento State, Co-Director of the Sacramento Film & Music Festival and a long-time writer, primarily on topics related to film and the film industry. He is an active supporter of the local arts community, an amateur photographer, and has an interest in architecture and urban planning topics. He is currently designing a 595 sq.ft. house on a very small infill lot in Sacramento.

Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in Joker.
Film Review

New film: Joker

JokerDirected and Co-Written by Todd Phillips There’s a lot that’s been said about “Joker,” much before it opened – including opinions that seemed formed before many had seen the film. It’s a harder...

new film
Film Review

New film: Ad Astra

Ad AstraDirected by James Gray “Ad Astra” will likely disappoint those viewers hoping for an action-oriented space drama, as it delivers an experience more “2001: A Space Odyssey” than, say, “Gravity...

Tom Holland as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Far From Home
Film Review

New film: Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from HomeDirected by Jon Watts Although many seem to have viewed the still very recent “Avengers: Endgame” as the last installment  in an era of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)...

Himesh Patel as Jack in "Yesterday"
Film Review

New film: Yesterday

YesterdayDirected by Danny Boyle The central conceit of “”Yesterday” is both simple and wonderful as the starting point for a film. What if somebody found themselves in an alternate reality in which...

New film: Rocketman
Film Review

New film: Rocketman

RocketmanDirected by Dexter Fletcher “Rocketman” is the film that “Bohemian Rhapsody” wasn’t, despite the great acclaim it received. Where ”Bohemian Rhapsody” was an enjoyable, sanitized, and...

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Film Review

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Directed by Chad Stahelski In 2014, “John Wick” burst onto the scene as one of those seemingly quite simple ideas, in which somebody wrongs the wrong somebody. In...

Avengers: Endgame
Film Review

Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo It’s a testament to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that even with some significant flaws, watching the 22nd film in the current series is...

New Films: Shazam! and Dumbo
Film Review

New Films: Shazam! and Dumbo

Shazam!Directed by David F. Sandberg Watching and reviewing “Shazam!” is an odd exercise in what seem like backhanded compliments as it’s a story and set of characters that exist in DC Comics but, as...

New Film: Captain Marvel
Film Review

New Film: Captain Marvel

Captain MarvelDirected by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck The latest in the extraordinary run of Marvel comic book titles adapted to the big screen, as part of the connected Marvel Cinematic Universe...

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