Review: Silence is Golden

In retrospect, the film gods’ late deliverance of Martin Scorsese’s passion project might have been the resulting film’s ultimate blessing. Without those 26 years, the resulting Silence might have simply settled for being a controversial story (ala The Last Temptation of Christ, which, along with Kundun, forms…

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Review: Fences is a Triumph of Screenplay Fidelity

Fences is a melody teetering on the edge of becoming off-beat until you become swept up—enchanted—in its turbulent dissonance.  After squatting in decades-long developmental hell, the Fences film adaptation has finally sprung up from the pages and the stage. I never witnessed the stage…

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Alternate Take: Passengers Gets Lost in the Void

“Passengers” has fail-safe written all over it: two of cinema’s “it” people in the leads, with an Oscar-nominated director guiding them and a screenplay with enough legs to break free from development hell. But alas, rarely has a film with…

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