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Bernard Ozarowski

My movie obsessed origin story begins with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I was 4 years old and can still remember so many details of the experience, as though I were seeing it for the first time yesterday. I’m also quite certain everyone else at the screening remembers my reaction when it appears Indy perishes as the tank goes over the cliff… I grew up watching all the major Oscar nominees with my mom each year. She also instilled in me a love for kaiju and creature features. Now I’m hoping to instill the same sort of passion for the pictures in my son. A lover of all film genres, I’m currently running a multiyear streak of seeing every single Oscar nominee before the ceremony airs.

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The Broken Hearts Gallery (Review): Actresses Shine in Pleasant Romcom

The Broken Hearts Gallery aspires to be a classic romantic comedy but finds success as a smaller story about three friends in New York.

Jungleland: Jack O’Connell Brings True Grit to Boxing Tale (Review)

Jungleland is an effective boxing drama that benefits from bursts of black humor and a very strong Jack O’Connell performance.

Proxima: Eva Green Excels in Compelling French Astronaut Drama (Review)

Proxima is a strong character study that benefits from a more human depiction of an astronaut than the genre usually allows, bolstered by the great Eva Green.

The Mandalorian: This Is the Way (to make Star Wars)

The Mandalorian is one of television’s great joys – an unpretentious love letter to classic genre filmmaking that embraces the best of Star Wars.

Monsoon (Review): A Smart Allegory for Vietnam’s Relationship with the West

Monsoon is a textured look at the development of Vietnam in the years since the Vietnam War that uses Henry Golding’s star charisma effectively.

Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm – Brilliant Satire Returns at the Right Time (Review)

Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm is a tribute to Sacha Baron Cohen’s immense talents as a comedic actor and a provocateur of truth.

The Witches: a Perfectly Cromulent Take on Roald Dahl’s Classic (Review)

The Witches is a pleasant enough fantasy marred by a pervasive feeling of a disappointment that it did not turn out better.

Shadow in the Cloud: Deliriously Dopey Genre Fun (AFI Fest Review)

Shadow in the Cloud ’s over-the-top genre thrills are elevated by a commanding performance from Chloe Grace Moretz.

American Thief: a Muddled Narrative Overshadows Some Good Ideas (Indie Memphis 2020 Review)

American Thief is an awkward combination of narrative fiction and documentary that serves neither style as well as a more focused film might have.

Belushi: a Moving, Textured Portrait of the Beloved Comedic Actor (AFI Fest Review)

Belushi is extremely effective in bringing to life one of Hollywood’s legendary tragic figures, triumphs, flaws and all.