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"[T]hroughout its first two acts, BANDSLAM is charming, sweet, and funny..." -- Grade: B-A.V. Club "[A]s the movie's sweet, geeky hero, newcomer Gaelan Connell excels in wry conversations with the always-welcome Lisa Kudrow, who plays his loving mother." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly "The payoffs are in the details....This one feels both morally uplifting and a teensy bit realistic, lived-in -- neither heavily reliant on glib pop-cult references nor so sanitized that we don't believe in the people."Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "Both Aly Michalka and Vanessa Hudgens are musicians, which makes the rehearsal and performance segments convincing....It's charming..."Chicago Sun-Times "Tidy, heartfelt direction by Todd Graff; astute song references; and a David Bowie cameo transcend the formula underpinnings and keep BANDSLAM buoyant, gratifying and, yes, rocking."New York Times64.02584

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"[T]hroughout its first two acts, BANDSLAM is charming, sweet, and funny..." -- Grade: B-A.V. Club "[A]s the movie's sweet, geeky hero, newcomer Gaelan Connell excels in wry conversations with the always-welcome Lisa Kudrow, who plays his loving mother." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly "The payoffs are in the details....This one feels both morally uplifting and a teensy bit realistic, lived-in -- neither heavily reliant on glib pop-cult references nor so sanitized that we don't believe in the people."Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "Both Aly Michalka and Vanessa Hudgens are musicians, which makes the rehearsal and performance segments convincing....It's charming..."Chicago Sun-Times "Tidy, heartfelt direction by Todd Graff; astute song references; and a David Bowie cameo transcend the formula underpinnings and keep BANDSLAM buoyant, gratifying and, yes, rocking."New York Times64.02584

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"...Turturro is downright scary but also sympathetic....Also excellent is Graff as the wounded lover who delivers many of the film's best lines with a manic glee..."Variety "...[An] excellent cast....In their own separate category are [Turturro and Gregorio] who give FIVE CORNERS a larger-than-life, melodramatic dimension..."New York Times "...It jumps and lunges....[The film] has electric sass, unfazed morality and sweet, tough jolts..."Los Angeles Times30.53572

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"Latifah's rendition of the traditional spiritual "Fix Me Jesus," sung when her character's at a low point, is solid....And Palmer's a strong, steadily developing performer."Los Angeles Times "Ms. Latifah's vibrant presence owes everything to her verve and vocal cords..."Wall Street Journal0.3622962

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"...A visionary triumph....The dazzling, era-defining STRANGE DAYS stands its moral ground..." Rolling Stone "...Breathtaking....Racing visuals thunderously reinforced by sonic closure..." Sight and Sound "...[Fiennes is] fun to watch here..." USA Today "...STRANGE DAYS has a dazzling atmostphere of grunge futurism..." Entertainment Weekly "...A technical tour de force for director Kathryn Bigelow and her team, who dazzlingly root this future noir in a technology that allows a viewer to revisit someone else's experience....The film is a triumph..." Variety "...The movie is a technical tour de force....The pacing is relentless, and the editing, by Howard Smith, creates an urgency and desperation..."Chicago Sun-Times "[A] visceral, violent distillation of America on the cusp of the 21st century..." Uncut0.3170092

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"...A visionary triumph....The dazzling, era-defining STRANGE DAYS stands its moral ground..." Rolling Stone "...Breathtaking....Racing visuals thunderously reinforced by sonic closure..." Sight and Sound "...[Fiennes is] fun to watch here..." USA Today "...STRANGE DAYS has a dazzling atmostphere of grunge futurism..." Entertainment Weekly "...A technical tour de force for director Kathryn Bigelow and her team, who dazzlingly root this future noir in a technology that allows a viewer to revisit someone else's experience....The film is a triumph..." Variety "...The movie is a technical tour de force....The pacing is relentless, and the editing, by Howard Smith, creates an urgency and desperation..."Chicago Sun-Times "[A] visceral, violent distillation of America on the cusp of the 21st century..." Uncut0.3170092

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