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30th Annual ASCAP Film and Television Awards

Mark Hadley and Gabriel Mann - A host of star were snapped upon arrival at the 30th Annual ASCAP Film and Television Awards which were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 9th March 2015

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Disney & ABC Television Group's TCA Winter Press Tour

Elena Satine, Nick Wechsler, Karine Vanasse, Emily Vancamp and Gabriel Mann - Disney & ABC Television Group's TCA Winter Press Tour - Arrivals at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, Disney - Pasadena, California, United States - Wednesday 14th January 2015

Nick Wechsler
Nick Wechsler
Elena Satine, Nick Wechsler, Karine Vanasse, Emily VanCamp and Gabriel Mann
Elena Satine, Nick Wechsler, Karine Vanasse, Emily VanCamp and Gabriel Mann
Elena Satine, Nick Wechsler, Karine Vanasse, Emily VanCamp and Gabriel Mann

ABC TCA Winter 2015 Party

Gabriel Mann - A host of stars turned out for the Disney ABC Television Critics Aassociation Winter Press Tour which was held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California, United States - Thursday 15th January 2015

15th Annual Warner Bros And InStyle Golden Globe Awards After Party - Arrivals

Christa B. Allen and Gabriel Mann - Celebrities attend the 15th Annual Warner Bros And InStyle Golden Globe Awards After Party - Arrivals held at the Oasis Courtyard at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 12th January 2014

Christa B. Allen and Gabriel Mann
Christa B. Allen and Gabriel Mann
Christa B. Allen and Gabriel Mann
Christa B. Allen and Gabriel Mann
Gabriel Mann

15th Annual Warner Bros and InStyle Golden Globe Awards After Party

Christa B. Allen and Gabriel Mann - 15th Annual Warner Bros and InStyle Golden Globe Awards After Party - Arrivals held at the Oasis Courtyard at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 12th January 2014

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Christa B. Allen and Gabriel Mann
Christa B. Allen, Gabriel Mann and Nick Wechsler
Christa B. Allen and Gabriel Mann
Nick Wechsler and Gabriel Mann

Cesar Chavez Trailer


'Cesar Chavez' is the inspirational story of the celebrated American Mexican, labour leader and civil rights activist who devoted his life to improving the treatment of his fellow farm workers via attempting to rally 50,000 workers to stand up to the racial inequality and brutality at the hands of their employees.

Written by Keir Pearson (Hotel Rwanda) Chavez encapsulates the angst, horror and exploitation of the hard working farmers of America and the determination and bravery of Cesar Chavez who co-founded and lead the National Farm Workers Association during the non-violent, yet powerful, unprecedented actions committed by the farm workers in order to obtain the civil rights they deserved. 

Chavez is a touching and moving biopic that represents the hope and aspiration of the working farmers in America during the . 

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Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist Review


Terrible
Paul Schrader and I have a sorted history, much too long to get into at this juncture. Know this: I've written three separate articles about how big a B.S. artist I think he is, mostly based on his essays on transcendental cinema. If anything, he's made me more sensitive and acute to transcendental style, but thinking that Bresson, Dreyer, and Ozu are the only transcendental directors is preposterous. Since he's become a director, Schrader has wanted to update the style that those three directors (his heroes) established and has never really captured the feeling and the pacing of those films, especially Bresson's. He's a good director, but he's not that kind of director.

Dominion is a strange -- probably unique -- case in modern cinema. It's not a remake but rather an idea produced at almost the same time as another director, but the company preferred the other version over Schrader's. The other version was directed by the frantic Renny Harlin and was one of the worst films of last year, calling on every false move in modern horror. Schrader's doesn't have much of a differentiation in plot. Father Merrin (Stellan Skarsgård) resigns from the faith after witnessing an atrocity during the Holocaust and reinvents his life as an archeologist. In East Africa, he is one of the main discoverers of a buried temple, built upon a temple for pagan worshipers who specifically kneel to a demon named Pazuzu. Assisted by a young priest (Gabriel Mann), Father Merrin investigates the temple, a young man named Cheche (Billy Crawford), who might be Christ reincarnated, and a growing war between the British army and the local African tribesman.

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Cherry Falls Review


Weak
By now, the audience for slasher films is perfectly attuned to the rhythms of Scream and its spawn of imitators, each more formulaic than the next. Attractive teenagers flirt with one another, meander around campus chatting on their cell phones, then abruptly find themselves isolated in an abandoned library or, God forbid, alone in the house. That's when the masked killer attacks. Cue the shrieks.

Put Cherry Falls a notch above the competition for the audacity of its wry comic twist. Yes, there's a creepy, longhaired psychopath, either a convincing drag queen or a ferociously strong woman, deliberately seeking out virgins for slicing and dicing. Virgins. The resourceful students of Cherry Falls High School soon realize that they have a deliciously simple choice: sex or death. Which would you choose?

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Don't Come Knocking Review


Good
In 1984 indie director Wim Wenders and acclaimed writer and actor Sam Shepard collaborated on the film Paris, Texas, a moderately enjoyable character study about a damaged man trying to come to terms with his past. More than two decades later, Wenders and Shepard have teamed up again in Don't Come Knocking and the results are remarkably similar.

Howard Spence (Shepard) is an aging movie star, famous for his roles in westerns, whose life has disintegrated into a boozy, narcotic haze. In the opening scene Howard steals a horse from the set of the movie he's working on and takes off through the desert with no particular destination in mind. Much like Harry Dean Stanton's character in Paris, Texas, Howard simply wakes up one morning and abandons his life.

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Buffalo Soldiers Review


Essential
Delayed from release for two years due to the world political climate, Buffalo Soldiers is a movie that is categorically worth the wait.

A dark comedy on par with Pulp Fiction, Aussie director Gregor Jordan (in his second film) transports us to Germany in 1989, on an American Army base during the waning days of the Cold War. These enlisted troops aren't your Officer and a Gentleman go-getters. They're criminals, offered the option to serve their country in lieu of staying in jail. But since there's no war on, getting in to trouble is the only thing to do. As our protagonist says, "There was nothing to kill but time."

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Josie and the Pussycats Review


Good
Remember all those television-themed movies in the 90s, big-screen versions of TV favorites that were devoid of any energy (The Flintstones, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Little Rascals, Sgt. Bilko)? Well, forget that problem with Josie and the Pussycats. This pop culture comedy is just popping with giggles, laughs, rockin' tunes, a smart script, and an infectious spirit.

If you're old enough to remember the Josie and the Pussycats cartoon (from the Archie comics), but young enough to have actually watched it, you'll dig this. The plot is a kick -- a trio of peace-loving, friends 4-ever, rockin' chicks get hurled into the limelight as the next big thing... only to realize they're just a corporate vessel carrying subliminal messages that make teenagers part with their cash.

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Parallel Sons Review


Weak
Deep in New York's Adirondack mountains is a tiny town that no one ever seems to leave. It's here that writer/director John G. Young sets Parallel Sons, a downer about repression, impossible love, small-mindedness, and fear. No one wants to get out of town more than 20-year-old Seth (Gabriel Mann), a somewhat aimless young man who for some reason has taken on the trappings of black urban life, from the graffiti in his bedroom to the carefully cultivated strawberry blonde dreadlocks atop his head. Seth has never been to New York, but he longs to attend NYU. Fat chance, says his mean widowed dad, who considers financial aid to be welfare.

Seth passes his time working down at the diner, and it's there that he's held up by an escaped con with the unlikely name of Knowledge Johnson (Laurence Mason). Knowledge is suffering from a gunshot wound, and after he faints, Seth spirits him off to a hidden family cabin to nurse him back to health. You get the impression that Knowledge is the first real black person Seth has ever seen.

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The Life of David Gale Review


Grim
Let's start by clearing up a common misconception: Despite an uninspired and pretentious title that indicates to the contrary, The Life of David Gale is not a true story. Laughably, even the Austin Visitors Bureau posted on its web site that it's based on fact! (The film was shot at and around The University of Texas at Austin (my alma mater), dubbed The University of Austin in the film for soon-to-be-apparent reasons.) Now one would think that a story about an anti-death penalty activist who ends up on death row himself would jog some memories at the Bureau, but oh well. Maybe it's just wishful thinking. Not much of historical note has happened in Austin since Charles Whitman's shooting spree killed 16 people in 1966.

This is a movie meant to be a sophisticated take on criminal punishment, but unfortunately it's actually the kind of garden variety thriller that Hollywood pumps out with one thought: to keep you guessing what surprise The Big Twist will bring. Unconvinced? Recent garbage like High Crimes and Reindeer Games leap to mind. Same formula, same disastrous results.

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Summer Catch Review


Grim
Kids today, they don't just want to see heartthrob and master thespian Freddie Prinze Jr. loving on the ladies. No, they want to see him doing something that takes a little more in the acting department: namely, playing baseball.

Through a series of drippy voiceovers, we are informed that there's no better proving ground for Major League Baseball than the Cape Cod summer baseball leagues, where college also-rans and hopeful dropouts go to play in the hopes of attracting big league attention. Our man Freddie has landed a spot as a pitcher on the prestigious Chatham A's, where he is hoping for his big break.

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Things Behind the Sun Review


Excellent
Allison Anders not only has enough balls to revisit one of the worst experiences of her life in Things Behind the Sun, but she travels through emotional territory normally unheard of in films based on rape -- namely a male character who is a victim and a perpetrator at the same time.

As a woman, it is always difficult to watch a movie involving rape. When filmed realistically, as Things is, it's impossible to distance yourself from the onscreen pain. And when a film is not constructed with realism the result is anger from shoddy storytelling, or with a filmmaker failing miserably to grasp the emotional honesty in a situation they can't understand.

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