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Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

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  There already have been several documentaries about the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat who is considered to be one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century, but Sara Driver’s new one just focuses purely on his late teenage years.  There is no discussion on his childhood in Brooklyn or how he ended up in SoHo the first place, as … Continue reading




In The Fade

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  It is odd that actress Diane Kruger has waited until now to do her first movie in her native German language.  It, however, has proved to have been well worth the wait with her powerhouse performance in Faith Akin’s exacting thriller In The Fade which landed her a Best Actress Award at Cannes, and the film a … Continue reading



Love After Love

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If there was a  subtitle to Russell Harbaugh’s thought-provoking debut drama it could easily be ‘men behaving badly’.  This is an unsentimental tale about how a family copes after the death of one of its members as they all react differently with dealing with their grief, and the men especially being unable to reconcile themselves … Continue reading



Ismael’s Ghosts

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  This latest movie from French auteur Arnaud Desplechin is an indulgent convoluted jumble of an excessive number of conflicting storylines that at times would test the patience of a saint.  It’s art for art’s sake with scant regard for the viewer trying to unravel it and get some semblance of understanding or enjoyment. Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) … Continue reading



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