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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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?

For a director, seeing your first movie win an Academy Award can be the best - or worst - thing that could ever happen. It certainly proved to be a mixed blessing for Rob Marshall, who watched his 2002 version of Chicago take home the best picture prize.

For many filmgoers, Christopher Nolan has become one of those filmmakers whose movies are certifiable events. Nolan is the man who gave us the Dark Knight trilogy, as well as the devilishly tricky mystery Memento and the spectacular mind game Inception

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