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New Film: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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New Film: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Directed by David Yates Writers have been implored to protect the secrets of this latest film from the Harry Potterverse and so there’s only so much one can say. It’s especially limiting when the twist itself is part of the film’s problem – and requires...

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Films: The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Boy Erased

Two recent films tackle the problematic subject matter of so-called “gay conversion therapy,” albeit on somewhat different scales. “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” (which can be found streaming online, for example on Amazon Prime) is a relatively small film about a young woman, Cameron Post...

A Moviebriefs Roundup: Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Mid90s, Viper Club
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A Moviebriefs Roundup: Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Mid90s, Viper Club

In a week when most eyes and attention will likely be focused on “Bohemian Rhapsody” (previously reviewed here), three much smaller films are also checking out. Melissa McCarthy plays against her general film type as struggling biographer Lee Israel in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” After losing her...

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New Films: Bohemian Rhapsody, Beautiful Boy

Bohemian Rhapsody Directed by Bryan Singer (officially, although completed by Dexter Fletcher) “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a great example of the kind of film where you have to decide if you’re judging the film itself or the film you wanted it to be. What it is, is a surprisingly light, shallow...

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New Film: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give Directed by George Tillman Jr. Five years ago, when “Fruitvale Station” was released, I interviewed writer/director Ryan Coogler (“Creed,” “Black Panther”) regarding the differences in terms of our relationships with police. For me, as a kid, they were adults you could/should stop...

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2018 Marks 27th Year for the BENT Sacramento LGBTQ Film Festival

Celebrating its 27th anniversary, BENT-Sacramento International LGBTQ Film Festival is a spectacular community and cultural event consisting of three days of LGBTQ film, local food, beer, wine and live entertainment. BENT Film Fest will take place the weekend of October 12-14, at the Crest Theatre...

New Film: A Star is Born
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New Film: A Star is Born

A Star is Born Directed by Bradley Cooper I fully expected to watch “A Star is Born” and then feel compelled to compare and contrast it to the multiple previous iterations of the same, basic story. But this new film both succeeds and fails on its own merits and it didn’t push me into retrospective...

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