Author Archives: Herb Stratford

About Herb Stratford

Arts and culture writer and film reviewer. Historic theatre restoration consultant. Artist and arts educator.

Phoenix Film Critics Society Nominations

I’m a member of the PFCS and our year-end nominations are now out, see below: Top 10 Films of 2011 “The Artist” “The Descendants” “Drive” “The Help” “Hugo” “Midnight in Paris” “Moneyball” “My Week With Marilyn” “Super 8″ “The Tree … Continue reading

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

Director Sean Durkin delivers an impressive psychological thriller with Martha Marcy May Marlene. Durkin, working with Elizabeth Olsen in a star-making role presents a compelling tale of a young woman struggling to find her place in the world. Haunted by … Continue reading

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Loft Film Festival

Don’t miss the second annual Loft Film Festival running now through Nov 17. A group of excellent films are on tap including: Melancholia We Need To Talk ABout Kevin Mozart’s Sister Being Elmo

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Margin Call

There’s a mini-trend of films that have recently hit the multiplex dealing with our current financial crisis, and how we got into this mess. From gripping documentaries like “Inside Job,” to character portraits like “Casino Jack,” and even fictional works … Continue reading

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The excellent documentary “Senna” has just a few screenings left at the Loft Cinema, but if you miss those, make an effort to seek out this film on DVD. A crowd favorite at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, this documentary … Continue reading

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The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary is one big hot mess. While that can be perceived as a compliment in some circles, in this case its not. This is clearly a labor of love, and an homage to the unique talent of the … Continue reading

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Director Nicolas Winding Refn delivers a unique, dark vision of Los Angeles and some of its less-than-glamorous inhabitants in “Drive.” With a stellar cast including Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman and Albert Brooks, the film is an … Continue reading

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