Movie Review: ‘BEN IS BACK’ and he can stay

James C. Clay  // Film Critic BEN IS BACK Rated R, 103 minutesDirector: Peter HedgesStarring: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton BEN IS BACK is a much more layered addiction drama than what is promised. So many times we get straightforward after school special on the dangers of drug use, but times have progressed since the D.A.R.E. ages of the ‘90s; instead of blaming the children, videogames and music, we ...

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TIFF Review: ‘ROMA’ a dull sensory overload that lacks agency

James C. Clay  // Film Critic ROMA Rated R, 135 minutesDirector: Alfonso CuaronCast: Yalitzia Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Jorge Antonio Guerrero, Veronica Garcia This article was written after ROMA's premiere on Sept. 10, 2018 at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it has been updated after a second viewing for its theatrical release. Every frame of Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA is a postcard that captures a lost time in 1970s Mexico City. It's a deeply ...

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TIFF Review: ‘CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?’ a dull attempt at portraying an undesirable character

James Cole Clay // Film Critic CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Rated R, 107 minutes. Director: Marielle Heller Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone, Gregory Korostishevsky and Jane Curtin The brand of Melissa McCarthy has gained her worldwide fame. Her style of comedy has appealed to the masses for the better part of a decade by this point. As she has churned out movies at a brisk pace (not quite that of Adam Sandler), all of her ...

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