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 Incredibles was one of the biggest movie hits of the 2000's and is widely considered one of the best animitated movies in recent years. WMUK's James Sanford says its sequel - Incredibles 2 - is a worthy successor.


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The new film Hereditary opens in theaters this weekend. WMUK reviewer James Sanford says it's an interesting cross of horror, thriller, and domestic drama.


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A lot of movies have been made about football and baseball. But professional tennis? Not so much. But a new film about the clash of two tennis titans comes to southwest Michigan. WMUK’s James Sanford has this review of Borg vs. McEnroe. It will be shown at the Riviera Theater in Three Rivers on Saturday, May 19.


Imagine a world in which one dollar could buy one thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise. Picture yourself in a community in which you only went to work when you felt like it. Imagine having all the amenities you desired at your fingertips, or just around the corner.

What’s the catch? You have to be five inches tall. 


Back in the early 1970s, the “Planet of the Apes” films were far more popular with moviegoers than they were with critics. Looking back, it’s not difficult to see why. The original “Planet of the Apes,” starring Charlton Heston, at least had novelty value, a certain kind of eeriness and a satiric edge, qualities that quickly disappeared as Twentieth Century Fox cranked out sequel after sequel. 


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