James Sanford

Film Critic

James Sanford has been reviewing films since he was hired by the Grand Rapids Press at the age of 16. Since then, he's written for many publications and websites, including WMUK. He's current a staff reporter at the Battle Creek Enquirer. Sanford has also appeared om stage at the API, New Vic, and Whole Art theaters in Kalamazoo. He was a member of the Crawlspace Eviction comedy troupe for six years and starred and co-wrote the feature film "Comic Evangelists," which was showcased at the American Film Instutute's 2006 festival in Hollywood. He's also the author of two memoirs: The Sum of My Parts and Au Naturel: A Summer on Martha’s Vineyard".

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It's been almost 20 years since Pixar Studios revolutionized the entertainment world with its first full-length feature Toy Story, which demonstrated that combining state-of-the-art digital animation, big-name stars and exciting storylines could pay off in a big way at the box office.


How long has it been since we last saw Max Rockatansky, a.k.a. Mad Max, on the big screen? Let's see: Ronald Reagan was President, desktop publishing was considered cutting-edge technology and Madonna was going on tour for the first time. 

The drama Woman In Gold comes out in Kalamazoo theatres on April 10th.


Last month, I attended a screening of Kingsman: The Secret Service and sat behind a mother and father who had brought with them a boy who appeared to be maybe six or seven years old.

Don’t let the title fool you: Black or White has nothing to do with Michael Jackson or Macaulay Culkin or those really-cool-in-a-1991-sort-of-way digital tricks used in the duo’s famous music video.

Instead of a pop-song lecture about equality, this Black or White gives Detroit-born Mike Binder an opportunity to tackle a hot-button issue: What is the best environment in which to raise a mixed-race child?

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