Rachel Kolb

Staff Writer

I love movies, writing, and breaking into song in public. You can follow me on Twitter @rachelekolb or check out more of my work at http://rachelekolb.wordpress.com.

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"Return To Nuke 'Em High" Redefines Cheap Review

Return to Nuke ‘Em High is a sequel to 1986’s Class of Nuke ‘Em High, one of Troma Entertainment’s more well-known B-movies. In the original film, the students of Tromaville High School in Tromaville, New Jersey are transformed into monsters by radioactive marijuana growing nearby the nuclear power plant. In the sequel, Tromaville High School is back, and a new “green” food company has moved into the land formerly owned by the nuclear power plant. The executives at the food company push their glowing green taco meat onto the Tromaville High School cafeteria, and history repeats itself all over again with mutants, evil glee clubs, and a monstrous duck.

May
22
2014
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What Did We Do To Deserve More "Cowgirls 'n Angels"? We Should Stop Doing That. Review

Dakota Rose (Haley Ramm), the granddaughter of legendary horse trick rider Austin Rose (Keith Carradine), is struggling to live up to her family’s legacy. When her sister Kristen (Emily Bett Rickards) reveals that Dakota was adopted, Dakota leaves home to spend the summer at her grandfather’s ranch and help him out with his miniature horse program. As she searches for her birth parents, she bonds with a young girl named Summer (Jade Pettyjohn) who is in the ranch’s foster kids program.

May
17
2014
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The Best of the Tribeca Film Festival 2014

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Seeing every film in the Tribeca Film Festival is impossible, but in the screenings leading up to the festival and during the festival itself, I saw 48 feature-length and 34 short films. Out of that field of 82 films, I have selected my top 20 best and 10 worst films of the festival, some of which are reviewed more in-depth in my previous coverage. I decided to choose 20 Best Films and 10 Worst Films because there were a lot of great films at the festival that I wanted to recognize and only a few films that I would recommend avoiding altogether. Read on to see the best of what the Tribeca Film Festival had to offer this year.

May
12
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Double-Feature “Match” and “Venus in Fur”

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The tagline for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival suggests that film festivals are the original binge-watching experience. In that spirit, enjoy these suggestions for the perfect double-features at the Tribeca Film Festival, complete with suggested accompanying snacks.

May
10
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Totally Twisted

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Totally Twisted is one of the nine short film programs in the Tribeca Film Festival this year. The theme of the program was summed up with three words: “Fun. Creepy. Weird.” Read on for a rundown of each individual film included in Totally Twisted.

May
09
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Double-Feature “Brides” and “Starred Up”

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The tagline for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival suggests that film festivals are the original binge-watching experience. In that spirit, enjoy these suggestions for the perfect double-features at the Tribeca Film Festival, complete with suggested accompanying snacks. In this edition, we watch Brides and Starred Up.

May
09
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Double-Feature "About Alex" and "The Bachelor Weekend"

tribeca2014bannerThe tagline for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival suggests that film festivals are the original binge-watching experience. In that spirit, enjoy these suggestions for the perfect double-features at the Tribeca Film Festival, complete with suggested accompanying snacks. In this edition, we're looking at About Alex and The Bachelor Weekend.

May
07
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Bright Days Ahead

medium_Bright_days_ahead_web_2In the past year, Caroline (Fanny Ardant) has lost her best friend to breast cancer, quit her job as a successful dentist, and fallen into a depression. Hoping to help their mother find a new purpose in life, Caroline’s daughters buy her a trial package to Bright Days Ahead, a local senior’s educational center. She finally agrees to give it a try and finds herself attracted to a much younger computer teacher Julien (Laurent Lafitte), and despite the age difference, the attraction is mutual. They start an affair, using extra classes at Bright Days Ahead as Caroline’s cover, and they spend their afternoons together smoking weed, eating cookies in bed, and having sex. When people around town start to notice the affair, Caroline has to make a choice between the womanizing Julien and her devoted husband Philippe (Patrick Chesnais).

May
07
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Double-Feature “Loitering with Intent” and “NOW: In the Wings..."

tribeca2014bannerThe tagline for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival suggests that film festivals are the original binge-watching experience. In that spirit, enjoy these suggestions for the perfect double-features at the Tribeca Film Festival, complete with suggested accompanying snacks. This time, it's Loitering with Intent and NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage.

May
07
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Ne Me Quitte Pas

NeMeQuittePas_750x198Ne Me Quitte Pas is an odd documentary, a film where the synopsis sounds like an indie festival joke. A Dutch film about two Belgian men, bound together by a suicide pact and a love for drinking, as they shuffle along together through life and a shared midlife crisis. Marcel, the younger of the two, has lost all sense of purpose since his wife left him for another man. He sees his kids on the weekends, and he spends his week not doing a whole lot of anything. Bob, a grizzled so-called cowboy, spends his days soaking his liver in rum and his nights looking after Marcel as he behaves similarly. The film moves from one scene to the next with the feeling that very little is happening and yet time is rapidly slipping away from both Marcel and Bob. Soon, hope might be gone for them as well. Suicide, alcoholism, loss of hope. Yup, sounds like the set-up for a film festival joke.

May
07
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Double-Feature “Honeymoon” and “The One I Love”

tribeca2014bannerThe tagline for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival suggests that film festivals are the original binge-watching experience. In that spirit, enjoy these suggestions for the perfect double-features at the Tribeca Film Festival, complete with suggested accompanying snacks. This time, it's Honeymoon and The One I Love

May
07
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Lucky Them

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Ellie (Toni Collette), a journalist for music magazine Stax, has just been informed by her editor Giles (Oliver Platt) that she has one last chance to save her job. All she has to do is write a story about her rocker ex-boyfriend Matthew Smith who mysteriously disappeared years ago and is believed dead. Before his disappearance, he was a beloved music icon like Kurt Cobain, and since his apparent death, he has become a legend, influencing a whole generation of musicians. With the help of her ex-boyfriend Charlie (Thomas Haden Church), an aspiring documentary filmmaker, Ellie sets out to find out if Matthew is still alive and if he is, where he has been hiding all these years. Her attempts to find closure, however, are complicated by her feelings for Lucas (Ryan Eggold), an up-and-coming singer-songwriter.

May
05
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: The Canal

large_Canal_web_1(Warning: This review contains spoilers regarding the plot of The Canal as well as descriptions of disturbing violence and sexual imagery.)

David (Rupert Evans) is a film archivist with the National Archive, living happily with his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra) and his son Billy (Calum Heath), or so he believes. When reviewing film of a crime scene, David realizes that a brutal murder happened in his family’s home, and shortly after, Alice’s body is found in a nearby canal. In the days and weeks following her death, David starts to question his own senses and suspects that Alice was killed by a ghost or other-worldly creature, and he worries that the ghost will return to claim his son Billy as well. Is David’s home and family haunted by the ghosts of an ancient murder, or is David losing his mind because he really killed Alice?

May
05
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Double-Feature “Point and Shoot” and “Garnet’s Gold”

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The tagline for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival suggests that film festivals are the original binge-watching experience. In that spirit, enjoy these suggestions for the perfect double-features at the Tribeca Film Festival, complete with suggested accompanying snacks. This time, it's Point and Shoot and Garnet's Gold.

May
05
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Double-Feature “An Honest Liar” and “Art and Craft”

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The tagline for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival suggests that film festivals are the original binge-watching experience. In that spirit, enjoy these suggestions for the perfect double-features at the Tribeca Film Festival, complete with suggested accompanying snacks.

May
04
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Handle With Care

Handle With Care is one of the nine short film programs in the Tribeca Film Festival this year. The theme of the program was characters caught in delicate situations, and subjects ranged from dating technology to working at a suicide hotline. Read on for a rundown of each individual film included in Handle With Care.

May
04
2014
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"Raid 2" Is Bigger, But Not Always Better Review

Two years ago, an Indonesian action film The Raid: Redemption blew my mind with 101 minutes of incredible fighting framed with a simple plot. A police raid of an apartment complex goes terribly wrong, and a few good cops need to fight their way out, taking out highly-trained criminals and crooked cops along the way. The Raid 2: Berandal takes everything from The Raid: Redemption and makes it bigger, including its running time which clocks in at 150 minutes. Does the raw, gritty power of the original film still work in a 2½ hour film, or did writer/director Gareth Evans overextend his reach?

Mar
30
2014
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"Million Dollar Baby" Still Worth The Price Review

(Warning: The following review contains major plot spoilers for the film Million Dollar Baby.)

Million Dollar Baby opens at a Los Angeles gym, managed by world-weary boxing coach Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) with the help of former boxer Eddie (Morgan Freeman). Among the aspiring fighters and lost souls that frequent the gym is Maggie (Hilary Swank), a dirt-poor waitress who shows up daily to train and convince Frankie to be her coach. After Frankie loses his fighter Willie and the chance at a title match, he agrees to take on Maggie, though he still insists that he “doesn’t train girls.” Frankie and Maggie grow closer as he trains her, developing a father-daughter bond, and both of them begin to let down their defenses. When a fight goes terribly wrong, however, Frankie and Maggie are forced to reexamine their lives, their future, and what they are willing to do for a person they love.

Mar
26
2014
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"Geronimo Stilton" Offers Mouse-Sized Thrills Review

Star reporter Geronimo Stilton is a mouse always looking for the next big story, but somehow, trouble always seems to find him. Luckily, he has his sister Thea, cousin Trap, nephew Benjamin, and Benjamin’s best friend Pandora along to save the day and find the scoop. Geronimo Stilton: Intrigue on the Rodent Express and Other Adventures is a collection of episodes from the world-famous children’s television show including “Intrigue on the Rodent Express,” “The Mummy With No Name,” “The Mask of the Rat-Jitsu,” and “Starring Geronimo.”

Mar
11
2014
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"Finding Faith", But Not Any Decency Or Common Sense Review

Finding Faith is a cautionary tale about internet predators and sex trafficking, produced with the help of Liberty University. 14-year-old Faith (Stephanie Bettcher) strikes up a friendship with a boy she meets online through a social networking site, but surprise, she isn’t actually chatting with a teenage boy. Instead, she is chatting with a sex predator who plans to kidnap and sell her through a sex trafficking ring in Atlantic City. When she goes missing, Sheriff Brown (Erik Estrada) and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force have to track her down before she is sold in Atlantic City and disappears forever.

For those unfamiliar with Liberty University, it was founded as Lynchburg Baptist University by Jerry Falwell, a televangelist and pastor better known to younger generations as the man who blamed the September 11, 2001 attacks on pagans, abortionists, feminists, and gays. The school and the culture around it are decidedly right-wing, Republican, and Christian.

Feb
23
2014
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