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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Film
9:39 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Is The Waterfront Film Festival Really Losing Its Charm? You Decide

A photo still from the film 'Arlo & Julie'

When it launched back in 1999, most people would not have guessed the Waterfront Film Festival would have survived more than a few years. Without a doubt, it was ambitious: Who starts a film festival in Saugatuck, a town without a single movie theater?

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Film
9:50 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Unknown Known: The Elusive Donald Rumsfeld

The Unknown Known takes its title from a 2004 Pentagon memo sent by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The movie plays at the Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers through May 3rd.

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Film
5:25 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

'The Past' Shows Divorce is Never Easy

For Ahmad and Marie, the couple at the turbulent heart of writer-director Asghar Farhadi's The Past, breaking up was just the beginning.  

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Film
6:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Stop Motion, Dogs, and Betrayal: Highlights From the 2014 Teen Filmmaker Festival

A clip from Jonathan D'Ambrosio's "Far Beyond the Reservoir"

Each year as much of the entertainment world speculates on who will be taking home the Academy Awards, Kalamazoo audiences get ready for their own cinematic competition. 

The Kalamazoo Teen Filmmaker Festival is in its 11th year, and two dozen movies from filmmakers between the ages of 12 and 19 will be screened at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kalamazoo State Theatre.

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Film
9:25 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Soul, pop, and folk rise from the mud of Muscle Shoals

2013 was a fairly phenomenal year for music documentaries, with such stand-outs as Twenty Feet From Stardom and A Band Called Death. Another worthy title to add to that list is Muscle Shoals, filmmaker Greg "Freddy" Camalier's portrait of the little Alabama that produced some of the biggest hits and most enduring anthems of all time. See at at The Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers through February 1st.

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