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June 7, 2018

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“American Animals” is a devilishly satisfying time at the movies.

Equal parts dramatization and real life, “Animals,” helmed by Bart Layton, details the strangely engulfing true story where a group of college kids (from Transylvania University circ...

June 5, 2018

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They are some good intentions in “Born River Bye,” a new drama from writer/director Tim Hall, that never go anywhere. But for me to talk about the film, I must first try to explain it. The synopsis tells us it takes place in a “sleepy town” which, I suppo...

June 4, 2018

Courtesy of A24

I'm not sure anyone has captured the trials and tribulations of those awkward middle school years quite like comedian, now turned writer and director, Bo Burnham has with his feature debut: “Eighth Grade.”

The film, told through the perspective of little Ka...

June 3, 2018

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While it may have been raining, that didn’t stop the crowds from coming out in full force for Adrian’s first ever international film festival (which took place May 18th and 19th). An idea that sprung as festival president Michael Neal and fellow colleague Scott...

May 21, 2018

Courtesy of AIFF

Not many folks can say they’ve been in Ted VanDerZalm’s shoes, a CPA based in Illinois who is the heart of Matt Johanning’s harrowing documentary: “Amereki Kum: Escape from Dubai.” Told over the course of a brisk 95 minutes, “Kum” recounts the true-life s...

May 21, 2018

Courtesy of AIFF

Not much is happening in “The Doctor’s Case,” a new film that just made its way to the Adrian film festival this past weekend. On paper, the film is adapted from a short story by Stephen King (I did not read it) but judging by the films brief 65-minute ru...

May 20, 2018

Somehow, I feel like at a certain point in our adolescence we've all dreamed or thought about starting a band. Even if the logistics never worked out, the idea of jamming with your buds inside a basement or garage always sounded like a good bet. That spirit has been perf...

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