Barry Wurst II writes film reviews for Maui Time Weekly, MAUIWatch and LifeZette and previously taught film classes at University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (UCCS). Wurst founded the Hawaii Film Critics Society, co-hosts podcasts for Nerdwatch, is the host of “Maui Movie Guy- The Wurst, The Best and All The Rest” TV program on Maui’s Akaku channel and has been published in Bright Lights Film Journal. His reviews can be found on Rotten Tomatoes and in other film-related websites. He wrote his first movie review when he was 10 years old and used to self-publish issues of “Barry’s Picks” for the customers of Videoland & TV (the video store he worked at for 8 years).
Jim Noonan is a retired military officer and now devotes his life to movies. He is on a never-ending search for film greatness. “I will be watching, talking about, and writing about movies till the day I die.” You can check out all of Jim’s writings @JimNoonanMedia or ji
Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He also covers specialty genre films, limited release; independent, foreign language, documentary features and the awards season at The Movie Blog.com. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion for interacting with moviegoers (something most movie pundits lack) as a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and working floor staff for Landmark Theatres. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723
Amassing a collection of hundreds of tapes and DVDs from an early age, Andy Bockelman first tried his hand at film reviews in high school, only to have a critique of “Seabiscuit” rejected by the school paper. Several years later, he found a niche writing about movies for the campus paper at the University of Northern Colorado and has since branched out. His reviews have appeared in the Greeley Tribune, Rawlins Daily Times, Craig Daily Press and Explore Steamboat, the entertainment web site for the Steamboat Springs Pilot & Today. He also currently writes for GALO Magazine and harbors his half-insane dream of owning a hard copy of every film ever made. He won a Colorado Press Association Award for Best Humorous Column Writing in 2012-13 for his review of “Wreck-It Ralph.”
Christian Toto (DFCS Co-Director)
Christian Toto is the pop culture editor at LifeZette.com, a comprehensive lifestyle site. He provides film reviews for WTOP-FM radio in Washington, D.C. as well as Topeka’s “Walker Daniels in the Morning” on 94.5 Country. He spends an hour each Friday talking movies and more on Denver’s “The Mike Rosen Show” on 850 KOA and “The Michael Brown Show” on 630 KHOW. He previously wrote for The Washington Times, The Denver Post, MovieMaker Magazine, boxoffice.com and 5280. Follow him on Twitter at @HollywoodInToto.
Dave Taylor (DFCS Co-Director)
Dave Taylor has been watching films since he was a toddler, and writes film reviews for a variety of outlets including ScienceFiction.com and his own blog Dave On Film. Co-chair of the Denver Film Critic Society, he’s also a well known tech writer, host of AskDaveTaylor.com and a videographer with his own YouTube channel. His favorite films include Lawrence of Arabia, Blade Runner, Nine Queens, Singing in the Rain, Double Indemnity and Vertigo.
Managing Editor at Screen Rant and host of the SR Underground podcast, Ben Kendrick holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the New School – and has been passionate about film ever since a midnight showing of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Ben is drawn to films that make story and character a priority; however, that doesn’t stop him from enjoying a range of offerings – from blockbuster action to campy so-bad-they’re-good B-movies. Follow Ben on Twitter @benkendrick or visit his personal website for info on his fiction.
A senior associate editor for the popular Christian site Plugged In, Paul Asay has been reviewing movies since 2006. A longtime journalist, he’s written for a variety of secular and Christian publications including The Washington Post, The Gazette in Colorado Springs, YouthWorker Journal and Beliefnet.com. Paul gets a kick out of James Bond flicks, bad B movies and has a particular fondness for all things superhero: He recently wrote a book linking faith with the cinematic Batman (“God on the Streets of Gotham,” Tyndale). You can follow Paul on Twitter (@AsayPaul), read his blog, visit his website or just think nice, happy thoughts about him in your spare time.
For 27 years, Robert Denerstein was the film critic at The Rocky Mountain News, a Denver daily that has now vanished from the publishing scene. The paper’s only round of buyouts made it possible for Denerstein to seek new challenges. Since leaving the News, he has made several short films (with a partner) and has done some teaching. He also writes a movie-related blog, denersteinunleashed.com or rockymountainmovies.com.
With over ten years of experience writing and publishing film and television criticism for professional media outlets, Jonathan R. Lack has emerged as a strong new voice in the field of film criticism. He writes movie, TV, and video game reviews, along with special feature, analysis, and industry news articles, for the website Fade to Lack, named after the blog and weekly print column he hosted for The Denver Post’s ‘YourHub’ section from 2007 to 2011, and which still appears in that publication. He has also served as the Associate Editor for entertainment website We Got This Covered, and currently co-hosts The Weekly Stuff Podcast, a film and gaming audio show. Visit www.jonathanlack.com to see his work.
Davidson is co-director of Reel Spirituality, a Brehm Center initiative of faith and film at Fuller Theological Seminary. He reviews independent and major studio-produced films regularly, produces and hosts the Reel Spirituality podcast, and covers major American and local Colorado film festivals. Elijah has a particular passion for encouraging young filmmakers and critics, which he does by seeking out and supporting their films and providing opportunities for students to develop their critical craft in the midst of their studies at Fuller Seminary. You can read all his reviews on the Reel Spirituality website and follow along with his life on Twitter. When he’s not in a theater, Elijah is usually out in the wilderness with his wife Krista and their dog Roosevelt.
Wylie spent her formative years worshipping at the altar of cinema and went on to obtain degrees in film and journalism. She reviews films for Examiner.com and writes all manner of film commentary and analysis — ranging from attempts to defend widely panned movies to rewind reviews — for The Daily Crate. When not screening or scribbling, Brooke can often be found in the throes of an epic tabletop game or devouring books like the Ravenclaw she is. Follow Brooke on Twitter @babblingbrooke or visit thebrookewylie.com to see her work.
The first film Howie Movshovitz reviewed was Robert Altman’s 1976 “Buffalo Bill and the Indians. He has been working in public radio ever since, the last two years with KUNC. He has also contributed features on film subjects to National Public Radio since 1987 and was film critic at The Denver Post for nine years. He teaches film and television at the University of Colorado Denver.
Chris has Denver talking, with his Emmy Award winning daytime show, “Everyday” (weekdays at 10 am on Fox31). Chris has won SIX additional Emmy awards for his reporting and hosting. You can also catch Chris every morning on Channel 2’s “Daybreak,” as he delivers the top Entertainment headlines of the day.With 22 years in the business, he’s a seasoned pro. He’s anchored and hosted on affiliate stations with CBS, NBC, CW and FOX. Chris was thrilled to host an hour of national television, filling in for Regis Philbin on “Live With Regis & Kelly.” They loved him so much, Chris was invited back to the show a second time, as feature reporter for their “Ambush Makeovers.” He has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, actors and politicians, and his live work has been featured nationally on CNN, FOX and MSNBC. In addition to his degrees in Journalism and Political Science, Chris was a born performer. He studied theatre at Indiana University, and got his Improvisation training at Chicago’s famed “Second City.” He’s performed with Improv Troupes at countless festivals and shows. He currently performs with the “Queerbots,” recently voted “Best In Denver” by Westword Magazine.
Lisa Kennedy – bio coming soon
Walter Chaw – bio coming soon
Alexis Gentry – bio coming soon
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