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‘Free in Deed’ probes the power and peril of faith

“Free in Deed” (2015 production, 2017 release). Cast: David Harewood, Edwina Findley, RaJay Chandler, Preston Shannon, Prophetess Libra, Helen Bowman, Kathy Smith, Zoe Lewis, Jon W. Sparks, Lindsey Roberts. Director: Jake Mahaffy. Screenplay: Jake Mahaffy. Web site. Trailer. When confronted with oppressively debilitating conditions, it’s only natural to long for relief, and, quite understandably, the harsher the ordeal, the more desperate we become. We may even reach a point where we are so distressed that we’ll do just about anything to be released from such burdens, sometimes going to lengths that surprise us. And, when the sought-after liberation finally arrives, we may be even more shocked, particularly if it assumes an unexpected form. Those are the issues faced by a [...]

2017-10-11T13:40:50+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Archives|

On the Radio This Week

Join host Frankie Picasso and yours truly this Tuesday, September 12, on The Good Radio Network's broadcast of Mission Unstoppable, when we’ll interview documentary filmmaker Renée Scheltema about her excellent new release, “Normal Is Over” (web site, trailer). This engaging film presents an interesting take on sustainability and the effects of climate change, enlightening viewers about the real cause of this phenomenon.Tune in live at 1 pm ET by clicking here, or listen to the on-demand podcast thereafter. And, for a review of the film, click here.

2017-10-05T00:54:10+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Archives|

This Week in Movies with Meaning

Reviews of "Ingrid Goes West" and "Everything Is Copy," as well as a radio show preview, are all in this week's edition of Movies with Meaning on the web site of The Good Radio Network, available by clicking here.Writer-director-playwright Nora Ephron, the subject of "Everything Is Copy." Photo by Dan Greenburg, courtesy of HBO.

2017-10-05T00:54:10+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Archives|

‘Ingrid Goes West’ skewers social media culture

“Ingrid Goes West” (2017). Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnusson, Pom Klementieff, Meredith Hagner. Director: Matt Spicer. Screenplay: David Branson Smith and Matt Spicer. Web site. Trailer. We all want to be liked. But how far are we willing to go to achieve that outcome? And what if it gets the better of us, becoming an unhealthy obsession? That’s the stuff of which the incisive new comedy-drama “Ingrid Goes West” is made of. Twentysomething Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) has issues. Most notably, she’s obsessed with being liked and popular, a compulsiveness driven by her nearly constant surfing of social media pages, where she ogles over the countless photos of smiling, happy people living cheerful, [...]

2017-10-10T08:02:08+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Archives|

On the Radio Wednesday

Tune in for the latest Cinema Scribe segment on Bring Me 2 Life Radio's Seeker's Path show, tomorrow, September 6, at 12:30 pm ET And, if you don't hear it live, catch it later on the podcast!

2017-10-05T00:44:52+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Archives|

‘Marjorie Prime’ wrestles with loss, the future of humanity

Coping with loss is something that most of us have had to deal with at some point in our lives. This can take a variety of forms, too, from the loss of a loved one to the loss of something we value to even the loss of some part of our own selves. How we handle such situations varies from person to person, depending on our individual circumstances and coping capabilities. Some of us soldier on, getting through the circumstances and moving on with our lives. But others among us may need some assistance in approaching these challenges, especially if they’re associated with strong emotions, a tremendous or unrelenting sense of loss, or unresolved aspects that prevent us from progressing. Such are the questions raised in the haunting new sci-fi drama, “Marjorie Prime.”

2017-10-05T00:45:22+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Archives|

‘Dave Made a Maze’ explores the labyrinth of consciousness

What lurks inside our mind? Most of us probably just scratch the surface of what’s there. Some aspects of it would probably delight us, while others would likely be best left unexamined. But we’ll never know exactly what’s there unless we make an attempt to go in and explore the labyrinth of our consciousness. That can be especially tempting if we feel unfulfilled in our lives. However, should we embark on such an undertaking, we’d be wise to prepare for it, particularly when it comes to getting ready for the unexpected. Such is the quest of a melancholic thirtysomething in the unusual new indie release, “Dave Made a Maze.”

2017-10-05T00:45:33+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Archives|

On the Radio Thursday

Join host Frankie Picasso and me this Thursday, August 31, at 1 pm ET for the next Movies with Meaning segment on Frankiesense & More radio. We’ll talk about several current film releases and other movie news. Tune in live or listen to the on-demand podcast for some lively movie talk, available by clicking here.

2017-10-05T00:45:45+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Archives|