Author Archives: James River Film Society

CALVARY (2014): A Review by Ethan Dunlap

In a confessional, a sexually abused parishioner threatens to murder Father James, a good and kind-hearted priest. In the ensuing week, he must face the darkness seeping through the cracks of his quaint Irish village before ultimately confronting his very … Continue reading

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Modern Cinema: Open For Interpretation

Two new DVD/Blu-ray releases that push the boundaries. It’s hard to find a film that sticks with you several days after you see it. This is the case with two recent new releases on DVD/ Blu-ray . First up is … Continue reading

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Charlton Heston + Ben-Hur = Liza Minnelli + Cabaret

There exist a multitude of constraints that prohibit me from witnessing first-run films in theatres. Time and finances are the strongest of those constraints. And when I do have the time and money, more often than not I see films … Continue reading

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Labor On Film: Screenings In Solidarity

By Michael Jones For May Day, the international holiday commemorating the working class everywhere, or America’s Labor Day, a rough chronological selection of films in the workers’ honor. This list is composed of fiction and nonfiction films, domestic and international … Continue reading

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THE SWIMMER: Burt Lancaster Journeys Upriver Into The Dark Heart of Suburbia

On a warm and beautiful autumn afternoon Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) emerges from the peaceful woods of an upper class Connecticut suburb wearing nothing but a pair of dark swim trunks and dives into the swimming pool of old friends. … Continue reading

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Esther Williams: A Woman Pursued

By Tarquin Mandrake Esther Williams was a star who exploded out of Louis B Mayer’s Warner Brothers studio system in the 1940s. A swimmer who was on course to compete in the Olympics until the Second World War intervened. She … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Underrated Films by Woody Allen

By Ted Salins This article was first published on August 29, 2013 at Bijou Backlight. It has been reprinted here with the express permission of the author and editor. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine has opened bigger than any of his … Continue reading

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