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The Makings of You: Opening Film for The St. Louis International Film Festival

By Sandra Olmsted

In an unusual move, the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) opens with a film made locally and by St. Louis native Matt Amato, who returned to shoot his debut feature.

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‘Big Hero 6’ is Perfect for Kids

By Sandra Olmsted

In Big Hero 6, Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter) wastes his days illegally fighting robots, and his brother Tadashi (voice of Daniel Henney) wishes his whiz-kid brother, who graduated high school at 13 would enroll in the local university’s robotics program and takes Hiro to the lab.

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John Wick is Laughable But Enjoyable at Same Time

By Sandra Olmsted

Although co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski’s over the top John Wick hypes up every troupe in the revenge-thriller genre, they make the film enjoyable because of its brazen, nearly tongue-in-cheek self-parody. The familiar basic plot, as in Death Wish, doesn’t offer many surprises, but John Wick has a certain verve. In a script too often on the nose, screenwriter Derek Kolstad’s main character might have been more appropriate named Fuse because he’s about to explode.

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Nightcrawler: The Dark Under Belly of TV News

By Sandra Olmsted

Just as Network and Broadcast News indicted news media of their day, Nightcrawler revels in the underbelly of news-ertainment and its desire to win rates over reporting and analyzing the events of the day.

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Men, Women & Children: Not So Smartphone Society

By Sandra Olmsted

Director Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children chronicles what changes smartphones and constant connections done ot not to modern life. However, the changes feel like the 1960s sex farce that attempted to negotiate the societal changes wrought by greater mobility and greater availability of telephones, such as Boeing, Boeing (1965), A Guide for the Married Man (1967) and The Facts of Life (1960).

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Fury Bring Big Action, Evokes Big Questions

By Sandra Olmsted

Historically, any war film serves a number of functions: inspire the home front, revisit past victories and times of national spirit, honor the sacrifice and the men, renegotiate the war’s rationale, teach history, and question the nature of war.

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