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BWW Reviews: THE IMMIGRATION PARADOX Explores the Core of America's Great Controversy BWW Reviews: THE IMMIGRATION PARADOX Explores the Core of America's Great Controversy
by Herbert Paine - February 26, 2015

The Immigration Paradox, the 2012 documentary written and directed by Lourdes Lee Vasquez, seeks the truth about the immigration issue, its causes, what and who are driving the noise of polarization, and what will it take to resolve the issue. A thoughtful work that can serve as an additional resour... (more...)
BWW Reviews: ROOTED IN PEACE Meets The Aquarian Conspiracy BWW Reviews: ROOTED IN PEACE Meets The Aquarian Conspiracy
by Herbert Paine - February 26, 2015

Rooted in Peace chronicles Greg Reitman's odyssey to answer these crucial questions: Why are we so crazy? Does pop culture teach us how to be violent? Is there a peace game? How do we transcend the collective trauma that we derive from our constant exposure to violence? Why is peace so difficult to ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SAND CASTLES Casts Light on the Child Lost but Found and the Journey that Follows BWW Reviews: SAND CASTLES Casts Light on the Child Lost but Found and the Journey that Follows
by Herbert Paine - February 25, 2015

SAND CASTLES, written and produced by Jordon Hodges and directed by Clenet Verdi-Rose, and featuring the stunning performance of Anne Winters, is a powerful and haunting tale of a child lost but found, her path to recovery after a decade of captivity, and the toll it takes on a family.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Behold Beauty in ADVANCED STYLE - She Is Ageless! BWW Reviews: Behold Beauty in ADVANCED STYLE - She Is Ageless!
by Herbert Paine - February 24, 2015

Hurray for Advanced Style, a manifesto in film that calls upon us to free ourselves from society's fixation on commercialized notions of beauty and aging! The special joy of the movie is the introduction to a bevy of enchanting beauties, role models in their own right. This highly-acclaimed document... (more...)
BWW Reviews: San Diego Jewish Film Fest Rocks Bollywood BWW Reviews: San Diego Jewish Film Fest Rocks Bollywood
by Erica Miner - February 23, 2015

Those who know and love Bollywood films enjoyed a special SDJFF event... (more...)
BWW Reviews: GIRL ON THE EDGE Is A Poignant Tribute to the Power of Caring and the Possibility of Redemption BWW Reviews: GIRL ON THE EDGE Is A Poignant Tribute to the Power of Caring and the Possibility of Redemption
by Herbert Paine - February 23, 2015

The line between hope and despair is thread-thin. For an adolescent girl, tumbling in a tailspin of woes, the pathway to salvation may be as seemingly simple but as frustratingly elusive as parental patience and caring, a strategic retreat to a place called Maheo, peer support, and maybe even a hors... (more...)
VIDEO: OSCAR Preview - Who Will Be the Next 'Let It Go'? Nominees for Best Original Song! VIDEO: OSCAR Preview - Who Will Be the Next 'Let It Go'? Nominees for Best Original Song!
by TV News Desk - February 13, 2015

This year's Academy Award's Best Original song category include musical numbers from Selma, Beyond the Lights, Begin Again, The Lego Movie and the documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Mine.... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Sh-K-Boom's THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Delightfully Intimate BWW CD Reviews: Sh-K-Boom's THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Delightfully Intimate
by David Clarke - February 10, 2015

Since THE LAST FIVE YEARS' New York debut, this intimate musical about failed romance has been an evergreen favorite. Just in time for Valentine's Day audiences are being given the opportunity to fall in love with the material all over again. Today, Sh-K-Boom and Razor & Tie released the hotly antic... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Jewish Film Fest Celebrates Older Women - With 'Style' BWW Reviews: Jewish Film Fest Celebrates Older Women - With 'Style'
by Erica Miner - February 09, 2015

In a paean to older women living life to the fullest, SD Jewish Film Fest screened the charming documentary 'Advanced Style'... (more...)
BWW Reviews: The Cast of CAKE Takes The Cake BWW Reviews: The Cast of CAKE Takes The Cake
by Katricia Lang - January 26, 2015

CAKE is a dark, dark film with comic moments, but it deals with love as much as it deals with tragedy. We still have star-crossed lovers (Aniston and Worthington) along with our substance abuse. There's nothing more appropriate for a woman who wants depth and starred in HORRIBLE BOSSES and F.R.I.E.N... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: INTO THE WOODS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Lushly Opulent BWW CD Reviews: INTO THE WOODS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Lushly Opulent
by David Clarke - January 02, 2015

Disney's hit musical adaptation of INTO THE WOODS has been drawing in large chunks of change at the box office and has captured the attention of the world. Luckily for score enthusiasts, Walt Disney Records released 1 hour and 38 minutes worth of musical material across 2 discs, which has been broke... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE IMITATION GAME Not As Complex As Its Genius Subject But Features Intricate, Compelling Performances BWW Reviews: THE IMITATION GAME Not As Complex As Its Genius Subject But Features Intricate, Compelling Performances
by Katricia Lang - December 31, 2014

THE IMITATION GAME, a winding look into the life and times of mistreated genius Alan Turning, is an imperfect but compelling film.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: The Visually and Aurally Impressive Movie Adaptation of Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS BWW Reviews: The Visually and Aurally Impressive Movie Adaptation of Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS
by Jade Kops - December 30, 2014

The much anticipated Disney adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's INTO THE WOODS stays relatively true to the original musical but does omit some songs and modifies some of the plotlines.... (more...)
BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Is a Wish Come True for Fans of Both Theatre and Film BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Is a Wish Come True for Fans of Both Theatre and Film
by Matt Tamanini - December 19, 2014

For many musical theatre fans, a beloved Broadway musical, fairly faithfully, adapted into a stunning big screen success, is their most treasured of Christmas wishes. In recent years, however, the holidays have brought us near misses (LES MISERABLES), underwhelming disappointments (RENT), and outrig... (more...)
BWW Review: The ANNIE Remake is Bad, but Not 
Nearly as Bad as You Think BWW Review: The ANNIE Remake is Bad, but Not Nearly as Bad as You Think
by Matt Tamanini - December 15, 2014

Full disclosure, I was completely ready to despise everything about the remake of ANNIE starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis. In fact, I had already written the lede in my head, and let me tell you, it was scathing. But, then I saw the movie, and was pleasantly surprised by how not completely h... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended DVD is an Exciting Journey for LOTR Fans New & Old BWW Review: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended DVD is an Exciting Journey for LOTR Fans New & Old
by Matt Tamanini - November 18, 2014

When I was given the opportunity to review the Extended DVD release of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, I balked at first, having never seen or read anything 'Hobbit' or 'Lord of the Rings' related. However, seeing an opportunity to fill in a gap in my pop cultural knowledge, I agreed, and when ... (more...)
VIDEO: Meryl Streep's Performance Featured in All-New INTO THE WOODS Preview! VIDEO: Meryl Streep's Performance Featured in All-New INTO THE WOODS Preview!
by Movies News Desk - October 23, 2014

EW has shared an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette from the the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of INTO THE WOODS.... (more...)
VIDEO: Taylor Swift Previews New Song 'Style' in New Target TV Ad VIDEO: Taylor Swift Previews New Song 'Style' in New Target TV Ad
by BWW News Desk - October 22, 2014

Today, Taylor Swift shared her new 30-second TV spot for Target on Twitter, featuring a preview of the new song 'Style' off her upcoming nwe album '1989.'... (more...)
BWW Review: GONE GIRL is an Enthrallingly Well-Constructed Web of Lies BWW Review: GONE GIRL is an Enthrallingly Well-Constructed Web of Lies
by Matt Tamanini - October 03, 2014

So often, movies adapted from books are unable to navigate the pitfalls of translating introspective thoughts and first person narration on the page into tangible action on the screen. However, in GONE GIRL, author Gillian Flynn has effectively boiled down the very essence of her novel into a taut, ... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Yellow Sound Label's GRIND (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Pop-Laden and Poignant BWW CD Reviews: Yellow Sound Label's GRIND (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Pop-Laden and Poignant
by David Clarke - September 26, 2014

In a world ruled by smartphones, social dating apps are at the forefront of the single's experience. Naturally, various forms of media are reflecting these trends and holding that mirror up to audiences. On October 1, 2014 audiences everywhere can experience the musical short film GRIND, but Yellow ... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Lakeshore Records' STAGE FRIGHT (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Is What It Is BWW CD Reviews: Lakeshore Records' STAGE FRIGHT (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Is What It Is
by David Clarke - September 23, 2014

Fall is upon us. As the air grows crisper, stories of gory murderous rampage grab our attention. Whether you love it, hate it, or haven't seen it, Jerome Sable's STAGE FRIGHT has Halloween 2014 written all over it. Recently, the physical album of the film's original motion picture soundtrack was rel... (more...)
BWW Review: Disturbing TUSK is One of the Best Movies of the Year BWW Review: Disturbing TUSK is One of the Best Movies of the Year
by Matt Tamanini - September 19, 2014

If you don't like watching excessive gore, don't see TUSK. If you don't like watching depraved human violence, don't see TUSK. If you don't like watching extreme human mutilation, don't see TUSK. However, if you are able to stomach this type of content in exchange for a wickedly glorious story, then... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Movie is a Marvelous Adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's Off-Broadway Musical BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Movie is a Marvelous Adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's Off-Broadway Musical
by Alan Henry - September 08, 2014

The film adaptation of 'The Last Five Years,' based on the musical by Jason Robert Brown, had its world premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival. 'The Last Five Years' is a musical chronicling a relationship taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wallerstein is a young, ta... (more...)
VIDEO: Did Ben Affleck Kill His Wife in New GONE GIRL Preview? VIDEO: Did Ben Affleck Kill His Wife in New GONE GIRL Preview?
by Movies News Desk - August 26, 2014

GONE GIRL, directed by David Fincher, and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn, unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Unde... (more...)
BWW Review: SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Is Paint By Numbers Disappointment BWW Review: SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Is Paint By Numbers Disappointment
by Matt Tamanini - August 22, 2014

There is a rule that is generally accepted by all movie fans; while a sequel might eclipse its original in box office receipts, merchandise sales, and social media presence, it is only on rare occasions when it can match its predecessor in terms in quality. That rule is especially true when it comes... (more...)


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