John Oursler

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  • 2 years ago

    Richard LeMay's family drama Naked As We Came is designed to impart a bit of wisdom: Get out of your own way. As advice goes, it's not groundbreaking. But, as in life, it's all about the journey, and spending some time with this reconvened clan of...

  • 2 years ago

    The term "New Age-y" doesn't have the best connotations, so director Eric Chaney was at a disadvantage with Indigo Children, a film about an adolescent romance based on the pseudoscientific concept that some children possess special or supernatura...

  • 2 years ago

    It's particularly disappointing to watch a film "based on a true story," an interesting one at that, and suspect that what's on the screen must pale in comparison to what really happened. That nagging frustration overshadows Summer in February, a ...

  • 2 years ago

    Making magnificent use of the Laotian landscape and tribal traditions, Australian director Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket is a coming-of-age tale infused with fantastic elements that more than compensate for its predictability. In every set of twins li...

  • 2 years ago

    Liv Ullmann is warm and charming, the kind of person you'd want to have coffee with. Her easy charisma, not to mention her coruscating azure eyes, make her an ideal interview subject. She is just that in Liv & Ingmar: Painfully Connected, reflecti...

  • 2 years ago

    La Gran Falacia is a unilaterally scathing agitprop documentary on Puerto Rico's "social decomposition," a film that should perhaps come with a warning label. Its stated goal is to incite indignation, shock, and outrage at a government it calls fa...


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