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Victoria Alexander reviews THE FRONT RUNNER

Film Poster: THE FRONT RUNNER

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Like refusing to show the planting of the American flag on the moon in THE FIRST MAN, the infamous Monkey Business photo is missing in THE FRONT RUNNER. Whose agenda is being served? What I came away with after seeing … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Film Poster: IF BALE STREET COULD TALK

Written by: Victoria Alexander

A failed allegory driven by TAXI DRIVER’S music and TD’s evocative gritty cinematography. Bad acts are okay if you are poor. Writer-director Barry Jenkins follows his sensational Academy Award Best Picture win for MOONLIGHT with IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews WIDOWS

Film Poster: WIDOWS

Written by: Victoria Alexander

McQueen wanted to direct a popular Hollywood caper and he has succeeded. WIDOWS is not an original. It is based on a British television crime drama (broadcast in 1983 and 1985) written by Lynda La Plant. McQueen and Gillian Flynn … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

Film Review: “The American Meme” Does Justice to Vapid Cultural #Phenoms

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

The American Meme (Bert Marcus, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. We can’t #hashtag our way out of this: #fame is the name of the game. But when everyone strives for celebrity status, however brief its duration, then what does stardom … Continue reading

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Film Review: In the End, “Never Look Away” Looks Not Closely Enough

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Never Look Away (“Werk ohne Autor”) (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Never Look Away – or “Werk ohne Autor” (“work without an author”) in the original German – begins in a Dresden museum in 1937, where a … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Sings an Uneven Tune

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Ethan and Joel Coen, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. A collection of 6 short Westerns from Ethan and Joel Coen, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is nothing if not uneven. Though infused throughout with the brothers’ … Continue reading

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Book Shelf 2017: The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking

The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking

Written by: Rob Goald, Senior Editor

The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING By Dan Mirvish Routledge/Taylor & Francis A Focal Press Book New York 2017    Learning how to produce ultra-low-budget feature films is a demanding and complicated task. Even earning a bachelor’s degree in Film, … Continue reading

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At Tribeca Film Institute, a Treasure Trove for Indie and Emerging Filmmakers

Tribeca Film Institute

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

In Lower Manhattan, bordered on the west by the Hudson River, the east by Broadway, the north by Canal Street, and on the south by the World Trade Center site, lies the neighborhood known as Tribeca (formerly spelled “TriBeCa,” each … Continue reading

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How Celebrities Can Manage The Pressures Of Hollywood

Written by: Stan Popovich

Many celebrities deal with the pressures of Hollywood on a regular basis. Here are some suggestions on how to manage the stresses and anxieties of dealing with peer pressure when working in Hollywood. 1. Know Where You Stand. Ask yourself … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Webslings Its Way into Greatness

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti/Peter Ramsey/Rodney Rothman, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. Created in 1962 by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, Spider-Manhas long been a mainstay of the Marvel Comics universe, changing over time in ways both … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Dumplin’,” the (Plus-Size) Outsiders Triumph

Dumplin’ (Anne Fletcher, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. A mostly sweet, if sometimes saccharine, coming-of-age tale of self-actualization that takes a firm stand against monolithic views of body image, Dumplin’, out on Netflix starting December 7, goes down easy, its … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Enjoyable “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Princesses Rule

Ralph Breaks the Internet (Phil Johnston/Rich Moore, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Back in 2012, Walt Disney Studios gave us Wreck-It Ralph, a pleasant diversion of a nostalgia trip to the world of 1980s arcade games. Its main character, the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cathartic “Creed II” Is Entertaining, If Once More Derivative

Creed II (Steven Caple Jr., 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. I am no connoisseur of boxing films (nor of the sport), and have only ever seen the first Rocky movie (though I own the full 6-disc set of that entire series, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Front Runner” Should Cancel the Rollout

The Front Runner (Jason Reitman, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. As the 1988 United States presidential election loomed, former Colorado senator Gary Hart, following a close second-place finish to Walter Mondale for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, looked like … Continue reading

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