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
4:56 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Teen Film Festival celebrates 10th anniversary

A still photo from Varúð by Emily Suzor and Maureen Reed

Psst: You wanna see 28 free movies? I’ve got a deal for you. Get a seat for the 10th annual Kalamazoo Teen Filmmaker Festival, which will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the State Theatre. The movies were made by local directors between the ages of 13 and 18. The selections cover an impressive range of topics, from a soldier’s battle with post-traumatic stress disorder to a doctor with a sick sense of humor to a lonely sock monkey searching for the girl who once adored him. 

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Film
10:55 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Anna Karenina: 'Theatrical,' but in a different sort of way

James Sanford's review of 'Anna Karenina'

The Kalamazoo Film Society will screen the film Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightly and Jude Law this weekend at The Little Theater on WMU's campus.

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Film
12:57 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty: A dramatic movie about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden

James Sanford's review of 'Zero Dark Thirty'

We never find out the last name of Maya, the CIA officer played by Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, but that’s not entirely surprising. Thrown into the search for Osama Bin Laden in the turbulent times after September 11th, Maya is a woman who puts her work ahead of everything else. 

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Film
3:56 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Les Misérables may leave you saying "I need my space"

Listen to James Sanford's review of Les Miserables

If some producer had approached you in the early 1980s and asked you to invest in a lavish stage musical based on a Victor Hugo novel full of death and despair, persecution and prostitution, there's probably an excellent chance you might have given them a very cold shoulder. But how could you have had any way of knowing that Les Misérables would turn into one of theater's most astonishing success stories? It is estimated that over 60 million people have seen the show in one form or another. 

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Film
12:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

"Robot and Frank" premieres at The Little Theatre in Kalamazoo

Credit Kalamazoo Film Society

James Sanford's review of Robot & Frank

The Kalamazoo Film Society will show Robot and Frank at The Little Theatre through Sunday. 

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