Pope Francis – A Man of His Word Trailer

Focus Features will soon release Pope Francis – A Man of His Word

StoryWim Wenders’ new documentary, “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word,” is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions.  From his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality, to his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, Pope Francis engages the audience face-to-face and calls for peace.

Director: Wim Wenders (“Buena Vista Social Club,” “Pina,” “The Salt of the Earth”)

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In Theaters May 18th



Focus Features will release Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 

Directed By Morgan Neville

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. 

94 Minutes

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In Theaters June 8th


Dealt Movie review

Dealt is a fascinating documentary about an extraordinary individual who overcame tremendous odds to become, not only a black belt in karate but an award-winning Mechanic Magician.  Every goal he set for himself was met and sometimes exceeded. 
At an early age, an unlikely event befell him, and he felt he had no choice but see the mountain on top of him as something to climb rather than to simply lay under and do nothing to get it to move.  A lesser person may have faced this with great contempt but Richard Turner ignored the weight that had just been dropped on top of him and found a way to adjust it to suit him. How?  With loving support, the strength of character and a deck of cards. 
The incredibly likable, energetic and humorous Richard can trick the best of them and with only what he’d call one small roadblock in his life, Richard is blind.

The film is magnificent as it goes through his life in sections, when he lost his sight and what brought him to meet the magician that turned his life around.  That magician was Dai Vernon, one of the most important figures in magic ever.  It’s said even Harry Houdini couldn’t figure out his tricks.  Vernon taught Richard, who started his interest in cards from watching westerns, how to properly handle a deck, starting with how to hide a trick from your audience.  From that moment on, there wasn’t a time when he was without a deck in his hands.  He became so close with Vernon that he was even told some of his secrets which have never been shared.

Visually, to get the point across as to what life was like for Richard, director Luke Korem shows us what he experienced as his vision started to go but quickly refocuses attention on the fact that for most of his life he refused to live as a blind man.  Teased as a young boy, when he grew up and had more control over his life, he examined his circumstances and didn’t see being blind as a disability but as a challenge, one he accepted without fear as some might choose to.  He and his wife had a son and named him Asa, his middle name is Spades, who he loved very much and who assisted him but no one other than those two individuals has ever really helped him.  Even so, he all but hid the fact that he couldn’t see from anyone who didn’t need to now that about him, even from a live audience.  Soon with his tremendous experience came success and with success came attention but whenever people mentioned his abilities and skill with cards, they’d always equate them with the fact that he couldn’t see which upset him greatly.  This became a hurdle that was difficult to jump.

The documentary is over an hour long and in that time, we see Asa leave for college and though he tries to suppress it, Richard crumbles.  The boy who has been by his side since he was old enough to peek over a card table is gone.  The mighty and impenetrable Richard Turner, maybe the first time, now realizes how much he truly has depended on someone other than just himself.  This is how the documentary ends, with Richard finally admitting to himself that it’s okay to accept your weaknesses and the generosity of others.  Perhaps the healthiest thing he did was see the loss of his visions as a blessing in disguise.  He would have never accomplished what he had otherwise.  Similarly, you wouldn’t have known about this had I not told you about it.  Since I did, do something for YOU and see this over the weekend!

*In Phoenix at Harkins Shea 14 or a theatre near you.

Trophy Movie Review

“Trophy” is a study of balance. It is the balance of nature vs. man. Is it the balance of conversation vs. natural resource usage. It is the balance of animal rights vs. the ability to hunt big game. It is a question asked, and the answer is elusive. Many endangered species may be lost forever, but large funds are collected by groups to allow hunters the permits they want. These funds are used to protect the animals in their habitat, while only allowing a few to be hunted.

The documentary focuses on several groups of people. There is a big game hunter from Texas who wants the ability to hunt in Africa. And he is willing to pay top dollar for that privilege. There is a South African rhino breeder who has many hundreds of the animals. His groups will go out and regularly saw off the horns of the rhino, to prevent the animal from being poached and killed only for the horn. There is a wildlife officer in Africa who wants to prevent illegal trade in rhino horn and ivory. But many people in his back country can only exist of what they take from the land, including some endangered animals.

The film-makers travel to various parts of the world to explore themes in different places. There is the rhino farm in South Africa. There is a guided hunting safari in Namibia. There is a crocodile farm in Africa, and a Las Vegas convention that brings in all the major players in the big-game hunting industry. There is a lot of details to catch during the documentary. Sometimes a brief rundown is put up on the screen, a contrast of the number of animals in this year to another year. It is quick, but it is a fascinating way to see how the process of the endangered species came about.

The photography was very beautiful, since much of it was in the outbacks of Africa. There were a few very well-composed shots taken from overhead (from an airborne drone?). These shots are like viewing the landscape from God’s perspective, and they quite amazing. There are the normal ‘day in a life’ segments and the ‘sit down for an interview’ segments, and these are good. There is a couple of times where it looks like two opposite sides are going to have a loud confrontation, but these never do pan out to anything. One of the Wildlife officer guys starts talking with some animal right activists, and it gets a little heated.

Occasionally, the ‘pay for play’ hunters are shown to be a little too goofball. A little too much of a ‘hold my beer while I shoot this elephant’ type of thing. There probably are some who do behave that way, but it seems that all of them have spent quite a bunch of money to do just that. Also, that money then provides conservation methods and helps the local impoverished economy. The hunters are the not the bad guys in this picture, or at least, they shouldn’t be only bad.

This situation is a matter of life or death, to the animals that might become extinct. But man does have a role to play. By keeping the poachers at bay, and by bringing as much cash into the conservation of the animals – the right balance might be reached. “Trophy” does not say exactly where that balance lies. It lets the viewer think about what is best for the planet.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

With the White House threatening to leave the Paris Climate Change Agreement, I cannot imagine a better time to go to the theatre and learn all you can about what this means to you and the future of your world!!!  DO NOT MISS THIS FILM!


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Step Advance Movie Screening

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STEP is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college.

This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so. Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.

In Theaters August 4, 2017

Directed by: Amanda Lipitz

Produced by: Amanda Lipitz, Steven Cantor

Cast: Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre, Paula Dofat

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Born In China Movie Review

In this beautiful Disneynature documentary, we find ourselves in China.  We meet a female Snow Leopard named Dewa, alone with her babies, an over-protective Giant Panda named Ya Ya and her cub Mei Mei, a Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey by the name of Tao Tao, who has anxiety over his new sister and chiru the Tibetan Antelope.  The gorgeous land they live in is an untouched region of China, away from the influence of the human race where animals are left to their own devices where their biggest worries are the elements and sets of teeth or claws belonging to their natural predators, not guns and man.

The film cycles through the four seasons with these four sets of animals.  A bit of a warning, Born in China even touches on the subject of death.  However, to help with what may hurt a little during this time, director Chuan Lu, known as one of the best young directors in China at the moment, reminds us of something the Chinese have always believed in… reincarnation.  This is where the bird the Crane comes in.  They claim the Crane, which he shoots beautifully, carries the soul from this life to the next.  Subscribing to this point of view will help take out the sting a little bit.

What the film seems to be doing is pointing out to us and even educating our kids about the fact that animals aren’t that different from us.  They feel as we do, they love like we do and they have a right to exist, as do we all.  Sometimes people need to be reminded that ours is not the only lives that matter.  Leave it to Disneynature to find an exquisite and entertaining way to send us that message and at what seems to be the perfect time.

The footage took four years for the film crew, living through the difficulties in climate and terrain, to capture these amazing moments for us to witness.  Some images have been captured for the first time which is mindblowing in and of itself.  You’ll enjoy Krasinski narration, often throwing in some of the animals attitudes.  Tao Tao would prefer to hang out with his friends, The Lost Boys than with family when his horrible sister, who steals all of his love, is born.  This is particularly adorable but he learns a hard lesson about his decision.  Ya Ya’s cub rolling down a hill after its first attempt at climbing is too cute but also heartbreaking because you know the anguish Ya Ya is experiencing.  Dawa trying to fight off hunger for her and her cubs is painful to watch as an injury makes the quest for food nearly impossible.

The movie is glorious.  It’s touching and you have to see it on the big screen.  Every moment that the filmmakers spent, waiting through a climate that changed every thirty minutes, is well worth your time seeing, to be a part of and to experience.  Stay during the closing credits.  Here they shared some moments they went through to make this film for you.  Gems await you that are almost as fun as any moment in the film itself.


David Lynch: The Art Life Movie Review

David Lynch, in case you didn’t know, (and it would be a shame if you didn’t because he’s one of the most important artists of our time), is an American director, screenwriter and producer.  He’s a musician, sculptor and a painter; the former is broadly noted in this film.  Looking him up, one will find that he’s labeled a Surrealist.  Surrealists perceive their work as expressions of the philosophical, abstract and even metaphysical points of view.  If you’d like to know more about him, this Documentary will enlighten you and then stimulate you into wanting to see everything he has ever had a hand in creating.   

We open on a long shot of Lynch sitting in a chair smoking… contemplating life.  He then talks about his childhood, moving from Montana to Idaho to Washington.  His mother, seeing his drawings as a boy, supported his young imagination by not allowing him to use coloring books as they might stifle his creativity.  There’s joy in his voice as he examines the early memories of his family and friends until he reaches his move to West Virginia when he was in high school.  It’s here where he is ridiculed and his life changes.  He sees everything around him as cloudy and muted, often stormy whereas before there was always sun and happiness.  The good boy turns bad when he starts to hang out with the wrong crowd and this time in his life, as well as a bit later when he visits a morgue, that you can see his style of provocative art and filmmaking start to take shape.  The drawings that Director Jon Nguyen and his co-directors Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Holm choose for the words that Lynch now speaks set the tone beautifully.  The art displayed at this time is intense; one is of a giant face screaming, ‘Help me!’ as he spoke of pure hatred for where he moved to, was shocking. 

Soon after, the atmosphere changes and the camera catches him talking about Bushnell Keeler, the artist and person who is most responsible for encouraging his painting (and who got him to attend art school), more than anyone else.  It’s seeing Keeler’s studio that cemented his love of the craft… this is when he knew what his future held.  He gave him the book The Art Spirit by Robert Henri and Lynch loved it so much that he carried it everywhere with him.  What made his spirit live by this time in his life was drinking coffee, smoking and painting.  A few minutes later, into the microphone, he recants how his parents allow him to blossom and before you know it he’s going to school, has his first child and begins to try film on for size.  Why not?  He has done everything else?  Pieces of his first films The Alphabet and The Grandmother are shown and we are taken down memory lane into how Eraserhead came to be.               

You learn so much about him in this short amount of time that you may feel as if you know him intimately.  This documentary is so well done that you’re grateful for the filmmakers having decided to capture him at this stage in life.  Lynch is so open to the filmmakers that we even get to watch him interact with his baby daughter Lula as she plays inside of his studio.  You can’t help but wonder what she has in store for us.  All throughout the film his art dances across the screen such as, ‘Angel of Totality,’ a disturbing piece that gets you thinking about man’s ability to create life and destroy all other living things simultaneously… or at least that’s what I saw in it.  Every bit of this art got me looking for more, which luckily isn’t hard to find.  I suggest you do the same.  He’s made comics, during angry stages of his life, and is proficient in still photography which is used all over the film to set a certain mood.  It seems Nguyen and co. learned a lot from their subject and joined the dark side so to speak.  The Late David Foster Wallace best described Lynch’s work as ‘Lynchian’ explaining that meant ‘a particular kind of irony where the very macabre and the very mundane combine in such a way as to reveal the former’s perpetual containment within the latter.’ This is something that Nguyen clearly understood and wanted his audience to explore. 

Each pencil drawing or morbid morsel that you set your eyes on seems to outdo the other which is unfortunate if you’re watching in the theatre because you want and need to pause to take it all in.   You must see it at the theatre but then it’s one to buy, as well, so you can PAUSE to absorb the film in its totality.  It doesn’t matter what kind of art you like best or what kind of films you most enjoy, this movie is one to see.  It’s deeply contemplative while being absorbing, haunting and insightful at the same time. 

In Phoenix, see it at the FILM BAR tonight.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power Trailer


Directed by: Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk

Produced by: Richard Berge & Diane Weyermann 

A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Climate Changes, Truth Does Not.

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In Theaters July 28, 2017