“Granada Nights” – Endless [MOVIE REVIEW]

The plot of “Granada Nights,” written and directed by Abid Khan, is as old as the Alhambra in the aforementioned city. There is nothing wrong with a tried and true plot if it’s done well; “Granada Nights,” unfortunately, was not. Ben has traveled from the UK to surprise his girlfriend Helen who is studying in…

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“Beck” – Season 8 to consume [TELEVISION REVIEW]

“Beck” is back from the brink. When last we left Martin Beck (Peter Haber), he was on a gurney awaiting risky brain surgery that would either kill him or give him a few more years. Lucky for him, and especially for us, he lived to see another day, another murder, and another scolding from his…

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“The Lost Girls” – They’re not the only ones [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Lost Girls” sounded very good on paper; some notable actors and an interesting premise. When Wendy Darling left Neverland, she promised Peter she would return. Wendy didn’t but Peter came for the ensuing generations of Darling women to mother him. All are brought under the spell of Peter Pan, and all suffer negative consequences. …

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“Tahara” – A cleansing [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Tahara,” is the feature film debuts of Olivia Peace, director, and Jess Zeidman, writer, and what an auspicious start it is for both of them. Set in the local temple, the funeral service for teenage suicide victim Samantha is attended by friends, family, and classmates. A special talk-back session is planned for her peers to…

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“Bitterbrush” – A long road [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Bitterbrush” is a scenic trip in the Idaho hill country through the eyes of Hollyn and Colie, two young women who work the truly lonesome trail herding and driving cattle over the mountains as seasonal range riders. Range riders are hired to monitor the cattle that graze on federal land. It is an old practice…

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“Scarf Face” – It all comes out in the end [MOVIE REVIEW]

Watching the documentary “Scarf Face,” the term “get stuffed” immediately comes to mind. Joe Ruzer and Sean Slater tell the remarkable story of how the annual Fourth of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island became the platform for eating competitions throughout the country, almost all dominated by George Shay whose original International…

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“The Valet” – Excellent Service [MOVIE REVIEW]

Comedies don’t often translate from language to language, sometimes not even British English to American English. Rarer still are foreign language comedies because they seem to lose too much in translation and this is especially true of the comedies written by Francis Veber. There were many American remakes, many that he, himself, wrote in English…

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“Inbetween Girl”- On top [MOVIE REVIEW]

Writer/director Mei Makino has hit a homerun, or at least a standup triple with “Inbetween Girl,” chronicling teenaged Angie Chen’s search for self when the world as she knows it crumbles around her. Angie, with a Chinese father, Fan, and Anglo mother, Veronica, has never quite fit in. As she sardonically mentions to her ever…

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“Crush” – But don’t hurt [MOVIE REVIEW]

Paige, a cute, pert, self-aware high school junior, wants only two things in life: to get into the Cal Arts summer program for artists and for her “ever since grade school” girl crush Gabriela to like her. But, as her very straight friend Dylan points out, there are plenty of other girl choices. And straight…

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“The Wobblies” – On solid ground [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Wobblies,” an iconic documentary made in 1979, has been given a beautiful 4K restoration by the Museum of Modern Art as it enters the Library of Congress National Film Registry. Written and directed by Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer, this documentary presents a nostalgic look at what was, at the turn of the 20th…

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“Bad Roads” – Getting worse [MOVIE REVIEW]

The war in the Ukraine is not a new phenomenon. It’s been ongoing for almost a hundred years as territories inhabited by cultural and ethnic Ukrainians have strained to separate themselves from Russia. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine declared its independence, an independence that has been troubled with ongoing disputes in the…

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