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Film Review: DARK PHOENIX

Film Poster: DARK PHOENIX

Written by: Victoria Alexander

The  homoerotic farewell to what the X-MEN has really been about – the unresolved passion between Xavier and Magneto. The competition between the Marvel and DC superheroes has stalled at Everest’s Base Camp 4. Who will get to the top … Continue reading

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Film Review: ROCKETMAN

Film Poster: ROCKETMAN

Written by: Victoria Alexander

A brilliant joy. An astonishing rich, and indulgently fearless, curated life knitted beautifully together by director and star. It’s got my Best Director, Best Actor nomination slots locked down. Since February 2004, Elton and his band have performed 450 shows … Continue reading

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Film Review – JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM

Film Poster: John Wick 3

Written by: Victoria Alexander

John Wick triumphs. Thanos killed billions but they all came back! With Wick they stay dead. Far superior and better than ENDGAME and no nods to cute butts. When I watch a horror movie I root for the villain when … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

Film Review: “Leto” Is a Gorgeous, But Overly Sleepy, Soviet Rock Drama

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Leto (Kirill Serebrennikov, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. A somewhat film, albeit a strange one to be given an American release, Kirill Serebrennikov’s Leto(the title means “summer” in Russian) tells the highly specific story (in terms of time and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Trial by Fire” Offers Unpleasant Truths

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Trial by Fire (Edward Zwick, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Trial by Fire, from director Edward Zwick (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back) is the kind of film that trolls for your sympathy through rich veins of sentiment that mask … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Fast Color” Offers Mostly Lovely Indie Sci-Fi

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Fast Color (Julia Hart, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Though it suffers from some confused world-building, Julia Hart’s Fast Color remains, throughout, an engaging meditation on identity and empowerment. The film follows a trio of women – three generations of a single … Continue reading

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Industry Advice

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: “Late Night” Sparkles, If Not Throughout

Late Night (Nisha Ganatra, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. From writer/star Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) comes a charming, if uneven, new comedy, Late Night, about the lone female late-night talk-show host whose time in the spotlight may be … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Men in Black: International” Is Pleasant, If Pedestrian

Men in Black: International (F. Gary Gray, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Back in 2012, the keepers of the Men in Black cinematic franchise served up a delicious third course for the series, largely making up for the less inspired … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Booksmart” Gets an A from Me

Film Poster: BOOKSMART

Booksmart (Olivia Wilde) 3½ out of 4 stars. Among the line of popular coming of age stories that have been circulating through our cinemas over the last few years, Booksmart stands out for its playfully raunchy approach of redefining what … Continue reading

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Film Review: You Will Want to Hustle Right out of “The Hustle”

Film Poster: THE HUSTLE

The Hustle (Chris Addison) 1 out of 4 stars. For every middle of the road studio comedy film, there is one uninspired, unfunny, unwatchable pre-summer flick that makes you question whether this could be the very end of cinema. This … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets 2” Offers Passable Fun, but None Worthy of Silver Screen

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Jonathan del Val/Chris Renaud, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. I’m always hesitant to review a sequel. As a critic, you want to do your job of critiquing an artist’s work with as much … Continue reading

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