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‘BlacKkKlansman’ a honest and terrifying look at civil rights

‘BlacKkKlansman’ a honest and terrifying look at civil rights

Brian Lang, Film Critic

February 26, 2019

In 1978 Ron Stallworth, the first black police officer in Colorado Springs history, convinced a member of the Ku Klux Klan that he was a white supremacist. “BlacKkKlansman,” a film that’s almost to wild to be true, recreates the fascinating and often terrifying ride of Officer Stallworth and his j...

‘The Favourite’ is an unforgettable treat

‘The Favourite’ is an unforgettable treat

Brian Lang, Film Critic

February 5, 2019

The war is on in France, but the duck races continue… at least in Queen Anne’s court, the setting for Yorgos Lanthimos’s newest absurdist masterpiece “The Favourite.” Set in the early 1700s, “The Favourite” revolves around the deeply unbalanced Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and two fiercely c...

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ speaks in the silences

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ speaks in the silences

Brian Lang, Film Critic

January 23, 2019

In a competitive year at the Academy Awards, several movies seem to be a shoo-in for nominations. Barry Jenkins’s newest film “If Beale Street Could Talk” is sure to win some awards this spring. Jenkins, known for his award-winning film “Moonlight” (the same “Moonlight” that was at the center ...

‘Vice’: a case study of corruption

‘Vice’: a case study of corruption

Brian Lang, Film Critic

January 17, 2019

Audiences have always been drawn to stories of corrupt rulers. From Shakespeare’s classic power struggle in "Macbeth" to Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” there is great entertainment in watching corruption at work. Perhaps no story of corruption and scheming is more compelling than that of fo...

‘Beautiful Boy’ an authentic story of addiction

‘Beautiful Boy’ an authentic story of addiction

Brian Lang, Film Critic

November 13, 2018

Sometimes you can do everything right as a parent but still feel like a failure. That’s how David Scheff feels when is bright son Nic admits that he has a major problem with drug abuse. Director Felix Van Groeningen takes on the struggles of addiction and recovery in his new film“Beautiful Bo...

‘A Star is Born’ shines bright with two charismatic stars

‘A Star is Born’ shines bright with two charismatic stars

Brian Lang, Film Critic

October 10, 2018

Nothing is more fascinating than watching a new a star on the rise. Tabloids, gossip columns, and award shows clamor for new details of a nascent celebrity. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, “A Star is Born” illuminates audiences about the beginning and end of stardom, pulling no punches as it ch...

‘Call Me By Your Name’ examines young love

‘Call Me By Your Name’ examines young love

Brian Lang

February 13, 2018

One of the more controversial movies of this year’s Oscar picks is Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name.” Set in the Italian countryside in 1983, “Call Me By Your Name” tells the story of Elio, a Jewish, American-Italian 17-year-old (Timothée Chalamet) as he falls in love with his father...

‘Darkest Hour’, Gary Oldman’s ticket to an Oscar

‘Darkest Hour’, Gary Oldman’s ticket to an Oscar

Brian Lang

February 13, 2018

During the cold winter months, studios begin marching out huge dramas headlined with the names of Hollywood’s top drawer actors. This year’s “Darkest Hour” follows this tradition. Telling the story of Churchill’s rise as prime minister, “Darkest Hour” is filled with sentime...

‘Get Out’, a chilling look at racism

‘Get Out’, a chilling look at racism

Brian Lang

February 5, 2018

Possibly the biggest breakout hit of 2017 was Jordan Peele’s horror film “Get Out,”a timely film that succeeds in the horror genre while starting a dialogue about racism in our country. Never before has an enjoyable horror film also conquered so many racial issues head-on. When the familiar story of a boyf...

‘Dunkirk’ a thrilling war flick, falls flat

‘Dunkirk’ a thrilling war flick, falls flat

Brian Lang

February 5, 2018

There comes a time in every serious director’s career to produce a war movie. Christopher Nolan’s 2017 film “Dunkirk” is an ode to the heroism and bravery of soldiers throughout some of the darkest days in Britain’s history. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, and Harry Styles, “Dunkirk” is a tens...

‘Lady Bird’: a relatable look at a mother-daughter bond

‘Lady Bird’:  a relatable look at a mother-daughter bond

Brian Lang

January 29, 2018

For teenagers, getting along with their parents is a constant struggle. The same is true for Christine McPherson, who goes by the nickname Lady Bird. She is a senior at a Catholic high school outside of Sacramento, California. Greta Gerwig’s charming comedy “Lady Bird” examines the turbulent life...

‘The Shape of Water’ gives hope to those without a voice

‘The Shape of Water’ gives hope to those without a voice

Brian Lang

January 24, 2018

The Academy announced its nominations for the 90th Academy Awards last week and the front runner is Guillermo del Toro’s breathtaking film “The Shape of Water” with a staggering 13 nominations. Starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water” e...

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