National Champions

National Champions

It’s a few days before the college football national championship. All players, coaches, and high roller supporters are firmly ensconced in a hotel overlooking the stadium. It’s 72 hours away from the game, and I’d like to say that the anticipation is exaggerated for the sake of the movie, but it is all true… The …

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The Alpinist

The Alpinist

The Alpinist introduces us to Marc-André Leclerc, a goofy young man in his 20s who seemingly came out of nowhere to wow the climbing world with his solo ascents of some of the Americas’ most challenging peaks. The filmmakers want to pin the guy down for a straightforward documentary, but Leclerc isn’t a man who …

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Dream Horse

Show me a horse movie that didn’t make me cry. Black Beauty made me openly sob. The triumph of Seabiscuit? Don’t even get me started. Heck, my throat starts to catch just even talking about Carol Ballard’s lovely classic The Black Stallion. Did Dream Horse make me cry? Well, of course it did. Of. Course. …

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And Then We Danced

SYNOPSIS: A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the ultraconservative confines of modern Georgian society, AND THEN WE DANCED follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli—gifted with perfect form and …

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Puzzle (2018)

Lately at work, my company has been leaving puzzles in the break area next to the coffee machines. Many people simply ignore the pile of pieces on the table, but there is a contingency of folks that are quietly drawn to it, seeing the hundreds if not thousands of wiggly-lined pieces as a pleasing challenge. …

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Battle of the Sexes (2017)

For Billie (Emma Stone), the #1 ranked female tennis player at the time, the struggle is with her sexuality. Married to her strapping husband Larry (Austin Stowell), Billie nonetheless finds herself falling for pretty hairdresser Marilyn (Andrea Riseborough), who quickly goes from trimming Billie’s bangs to tagging along on the pro-tennis circuit as Billie’s unofficial …

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I, Tonya

In the early 90s, I loved watching ice skating. There was Tonya Harding, a “local” girl to us Northwesterners, who seemingly scratched and clawed her way to become one of the top U.S. skaters. Her athletic skills were undeniable. To see her prep in the seconds before a huge jump with grim determination, before exploding …

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Ice Girls

Mattie Dane (Michaela du Toit) is a 15-year-old aspiring figure skating champion whose dreams screech to a halt when she falls at regionals. When the eviction notice comes a few days later, she and her mom and her sister are forced to move out of the big city of Toronto to Sudbury, Ontario with their …

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