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Greater Farmington Film Festival Releases 2016 Schedule

17 February 2016 8:35 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Farmington-Hills based nonprofit organization kickstART farmington announced the film lineup and schedule for the 2016 Greater Farmington Film Festival earlier this month and it looks like they will be offering a great selection of films this year. The Greater Farmington Film Festival takes place March 3-6, 2016 with a selection of recently released feature films and documentaries that engage the heart and mind, explore important contemporary issues, and inspire action: good films for a better world.

You can find the full film line up and schedule for the 2016 Greater Farmington Film Festival below. Overall, the festival provides a unique opportunity for audiences to enjoy these inspiring films as none of these films have been released widely in Michigan, and several will enjoy their Michigan debut.

In addition, the Greater Farmington Film Festival invites the public to attend the 2016 Festival Preview Party on Thursday evening, February 18th, from 7:00-10:00 Pm at »

- Mike Tyrkus

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Prescription Thugs Movie Review

16 February 2016 9:29 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Prescription Thugs Samuel Goldwyn Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya.  D-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B- Director:  Chris Bell Written by:  Josh Alexander Cast: Chris Bell, Mike “Mad Dog” Bell, Mark Bell, Rosemary Bell, Mike Bell, Chris Leben, Ryan Sakoda, Matt “Horshu” Wiese, Richard Taite, Ted Lieu, Gwen Olsen, David Healy Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 1/20/16 Opens:  January 22, 2016 Chris Bell, whose previous documentary “Bigger Stronger Faster” dealt with steroid abuse, takes on Big Phama, a conglomerate of companies that make prescription drugs and whose executives could well be in that frequently maligned richest one percent of the U.S.  Mr. Bell is no Michael Moore, though in  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Film Review: ‘Prescription Thugs’

20 January 2016 3:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Having wrestled with steroids in his 2008 documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster*,” Chris Bell expands his purview to tackle America’s legal-drug industry — and the addictions it spawns — with “Prescription Thugs.” Again aping the nonfiction form that made Michael Moore a star, Bell puts himself, and his family, front and center throughout the course of his critique of a business that nets tens of billions a year, and which he believes has fostered a culture in thrall to quick-fix narcotics solutions to life’s every problem. Engaging and enraging but also, alas, consistently superficial, it’s a hot-button work whose easily digested nonfiction methods will appeal to mainstream documentary audiences, even if they also leave viewers hungry for greater substance.

As with his prior film, Bell — delivering hey-i’m-a-regular-guy narration — begins his inquiry by fixating his gaze on his siblings, with particular attention paid to Mike “Mad Dog” Bell, who dreamed of becoming a WWE star but, »

- Nick Schager

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