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Shiners

By: Jessica Goddard An intercontinental survey of the state of the archaic shoe shining profession, Stacey Tenenbaum’s Shiners is endearing in its graceful simplicity and ability to shine a spotlight on truly memorable, delightful characters.  Tenenbaum has a genuine gift for seeking out excellent subjects – from the quirky and lovable, to the inspiring and pleasantly puzzling.  All have in common a philosophical attitude towards the work of shoe shining;  whether they consider it a bona…

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Before We Vanish

Sometimes, subpar movies can challenge our opinions and still manage to stick out.  Such is the case for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Before We Vanish, a mid-level sci-fi flick with eccentric comedy, explosive action, and dry drama thrown into the mix.

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Poop Talk

Poop Talk is kind of pointless.  It’s not entirely useless, but did we really need a dookie digest starring comedians cracking wise about what they’ve snapped off?  It’s quite literally “shits and giggles”.

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Permission

Permission is dressed-up old news.  The film looks good and the cast is hip, but the lengths the film will go to explore provocative themes within a relationship are much more common than the film believes.

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Great Great Great

Great Great Great kicks off with a disconnected exchange following huge news.  Corporate worker Lauren (Sarah Kolasky) is told about her parents’ divorce by her mother.  Mom is aloof – almost to a numbing degree – but Lauren is shook up.  Her long-term relationship with Tom (Suck It Up’s Dan Beirne) is satisfyingly comfortable, but she suddenly fears of a future of boredom.  A flash-from-the-past in the form of a new co-worker/old friend (Richard Clarkin) triggers Lauren to…