By Ranny Levy, President & Founder of Kids First!
When we imagine a post-apocalyptic world, it usually includes a lot of broken down buildings, stray dogs and a bunch of raggedy and tough survivors, but rarely zombies! Warm Bodies, rated PG-13, is a hilarious look at what could be, a world in which humans are [...]
By Ranny Levy, President/Founder of Kids First!
Beautiful Creatures is a refreshing twist of the age old tale of young love, sacrifice and the battle between good and evil. When Ethan Wate, played by Alden Ehrenreich, meets a mysterious girl named Lena, he immediately falls for her. But Lena and her family have a [...]
By Pat Burns, Movie Reviewer and West Coast Editor for GRAND Magazine
Catriona McKenzie’s first feature film, “SATELLITE BOY,” is about an elderly grandfather, Jagamarra (David Gulpilil), and the life lessons he teaches his 10-year-old grandson, Pete (Cameron Wallaby). Pete, who was abandoned by his mother, lives with his sage grandfather in a [...]
By Pat Burns – Movie Reviewer and West Coast Editor for GRAND Magazine
This film is for boomers who really loved music from the sixties. I don’t mean the Beatles or the Monkey’s, I mean that rock hard, rock’n roll, possibly get-stoned music. Do I have your attention?
“Beware of Mr. Baker” is [...]
By Pat Burns – Art Cinema and Movie Reviewer for GRAND Magazine
Having read my fair share of books on our 16th president, and being a huge Abraham Lincoln devotee, my expectations were very high for Steven Spielberg’s film “LINCOLN.” Happily, Spielberg and his all-star cast did not disappoint. To the contrary – I was [...]
By Pat Burns, GRAND Regional Editor and Adult Art Cinema Reviewer
Sex is the foundation of the film, “The Sessions.” More importantly, however, this movie explores our innate need to connect emotionally with others, our need for compassion and our capacity to love unconditionally. While sex is important to a healthy relationship, the process of [...]
Friend to the King, Lover to the Queen
By Pat Burns
Regional Editor and Movie Reviewer – GRAND Magazine
This might sound like a familiar storyline, comparable to “Camelot,” but “A Royal Affair” is anything but that. This film is based on the true life story of the slightly dysfunctional, perhaps eccentric or maybe [...]