THE BIRTH OF A NATION Review — Not Enough

Viewers are free to chose whether or not to see a film based on much publicized occurrences in a filmmaker’s past. But because I’m a critic, I believe my The Birth of a Nation review should address the virtues and weaknesses of the film and the film alone. That being said, producer/writer/director/star Nate Parker gives us plenty of reasons…

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MISS PEREGRINE Review – Tim Burton Works Dark Magic

MISS PEREGRINE Review — Even better than the amazing book Thank you, Tim Burton, for taking the novel I loved so well and bringing it to the big screen with such dark creativity and brilliance. No other filmmaker could have adapted Miss Peregrine’s Home for Unusual Children so well, and even improved on it, to be perfectly…

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What's a Marmol Radziner? You're About to be Enlightened

Quick! Name an award-winning design firm that has created homes purchased by actors including Jane Lynch, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, as well clothing designers (who know a thing or two about style) like Tom Ford, James Perse and Trina Turk. If the name Marmol Radziner didn’t come to mind immediately, it would have in a second.

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Emmys 2016 Red Carpet — Hollywood's Guru of Hue Weighs In

Color Expert Jill Kirsh Dishes on the Good, the Bad, and the Better at Emmys 2016 The Emmys 2016 show was fabulously produced and full of big surprises for me — Rami Malek winning Best Actor in a Drama Series over heavyweights like Bob Odenkirk, Liev Schreiber and Kevin Spacey; Tatiana Mislay winning for Best Actress in a…


DEEPWATER HORIZON Review – Explosive!

Deepwater Horizon review by Lisa Johnson Mandell As Deepwater Horizon opens, you hear what sounds like someone giving testimony in court about the tragic explosion of the BP oil rig off the coast of Louisianna that resulted in the biggest man-made ecological disaster in the history of the United States. “Oh no,” I thought. “If this is like…


BRIDGET JONES'S BABY Review – Third Time's a Charm

Lisa Johson Mandell’s Bridget Jones’s Baby review says the threequel improves on the book When I heard they were making a third Bridget Jones installment, I prayed it would be nothing like the third book, Mad About the Boy,  that opens with one of our favorite characters dead, and continues with a story half told through Bridget’s drunken…

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X JAPAN Founder Yoshiki Opens His Amazing Studio to Introduce New Documentary

We Are X documents flamboyant X Japan drummer and founder Yoshiki in his efforts break into the American market by James Mandell Credited for bringing metal-head culture and spectacle to Japanese audiences in the late 80’s, X Japan, billed as “the world’s biggest band you’ve never heard of,” was revered for their high energy performances and melodic anthems. They sold 30…

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Sully Review — Grounded by a Leaden Script

Sully is one of those films you hate to criticize because of its pedigree: Clint Eastwood directing Tom Hanks in a film about American hero Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who was somehow able to make an emergency landing in an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River, and not lose a single passenger. And while I will say the film has…

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Panting for the New Malibu Mix from Gaslamp Popcorn

Film critics can’t help but become popcorn aficionados. It’s one of the hazards of the job. I’ve doubtless sat in hundreds of theaters, watched thousands of movies, and downed millions of kernels of popcorn in my day, and I hate to say it, but I’ve gotten to the point where I mostly mindlessly munch. The big…

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THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS Review — Mournfully Beautiful

The Light Between Oceans Review by Lisa Johnson Mandell Relentlessly beautiful, relentlessly sad. I’m not quite sure who the audience will be for this well-acted heartbreaker. Doubtless the book club members who sobbed over the period bestseller by M.L. Stedman will throng the theaters, as well as those who are fans of the uber talented Michael Fassbender…

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