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Victoria Alexander reviews The Rider

Film Poster: The Rider

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Zhao has created a charismatic star and a brilliant – must see twice – view of a powerful segment of American life. Writer-director Chloe Zhao has taken an outsider’s view into the world of rodeo horse riding in Pine Ridge, … Continue reading

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Film Review: KINGS

Film Poster: KINGS

Written by: Victoria Alexander

It’s about screaming and loud yelling. Not to be left out, even Craig gets a screaming scene. Its 1992 and Millie (Halle Berry) has a brood of eight foster children. They all live in a house run without much adult … Continue reading

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Film Review: I Feel Pretty

Film Poster: I Feel Pretty

Written by: Victoria Alexander

The Inside Doesn’t Count Unless the Outside is Beautiful. Are we really going to say that “looks don’t matter” in today’s culture? I read the U.K.’s Daily Mail Online and every day the Kardashians/Jenners and Emily Ratajkowski post nude photos of … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

Film Review: In “Bye Bye Germany,” Jewish Holocaust Survivors Have the Last Laugh

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Bye Bye Germany (Sam Garbarski, 2018)  3½ out of 4 stars. First, a few words about German actor Moritz Bleibtreu. Ever since I first saw him in Tom Tykwer’s 1998 Run Lola Run (in which he played Lola’s boyfriend, Manni), … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Godard Mon Amour” Pokes Impish Fun at Its Aging Enfant Terrible

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Godard Mon Amour (Michel Hazanavicius, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Whether or not one has a favorable opinion of iconic French director Jean-Luc Godard – creator of such classics of the 1960s New Wave as Breathless, Contempt and, my personal … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Stunning “1945,” a Holocaust Reckoning Awaits

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

1945 (Ferenc Török, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. Director Ferenc Török’s sixth feature film, 1945 opens with the seemingly innocuous image of two Orthodox Jewish men stepping off a train. Their arrival – and the horror and fear it provokes … 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: “Book Club” Makes a Very Light Read

Book Club (Bill Holderman, 2018)  2 out of 4 stars. A harmless-enough film featuring a cast of appealing sexa-, septua-  and octogenarians, Book Club might appeal to anyone looking for a reprieve from the endless cycle of Marvel films and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” Delivers Serviceable Goods

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. What does it say about Solo: A Star Wars Story that the most interesting character in the film is one with no previous connection to the series? … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Jokes and the Insanity Are Dialed to the Nth Degree in “Deadpool 2”

Deadpool 2 (David Leitch, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. Deadpool 2 is the second installment of the Deadpool franchise and is directed by David Leitch and written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds. Since the events of … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Rider

Film Poster: The Rider

The Rider – **** OUT OF 4 Chloe Zhao (“Songs My Brothers Taught Me”) is a Beijing-born Chinese writer, director and producer who resides in the United States and studied political science at Mount Holyoke College and film production at NYU. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Tully” Mixes Promise and Platitudes

Tully (Jason Reitman, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. The third collaboration between director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody, who previously brought us Juno and Young Adult, Tully stars Charlize Theron, who played the lead in that second movie, … Continue reading

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