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It’s no secret that women are all too frequently shut out of the film industry, with few of them being able to make a living or having their work seen.  In recent years, there has been a renaissance of genre films made by women, but their work is still a minority in cinemas or at film festivals.

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John Wick: Chapter 2

By: Nick Ferwerda When John Wick was first released in 2014, it blew everyone away and turned into an instant action hit.  Since sequels are often known for playing the same tune in a predictable key, you can understand my worrisome caution going into John Wick: Chapter 2.  I’m happy to report that it does not disappoint.

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Gold

Directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) and written by Gaghan, Patrick Massett, and John Zinman, Gold is loosely based on the true story of the 1993 Bre-X mining scandal.  Matthew McConaughey stars as down-and-out prospector Kenny Wells who stakes (no pun intended) his last penny on a partnership with a struggling geologist.  Together, the two men venture into the jungles of Indonesia in search of gold.

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Nocturne

Often, you’ll hear a film criticized for having a premise that’s more suited for a short film rather than a feature-length movie.  Filmmaker Saul Pincus, who has a background in making shorts, has surely caught wind of this comment because you can see the mechanics in his latest breakout indie Nocturne try to dodge this nitpick.

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Exit: Music

Nazis plundering art has been a subject of much consideration and curiosity ever since the objects began to be recovered.  Plenty of focus has been placed on paintings that were lost and found in this way, and the reasons for it are plain to be seen: the paintings have famous, long-deceased names attached and, due to their singular status, they can only be experienced by a limited number of people and can be valued at…