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Victoria Alexander reviews ADRIFT

Film Poster: ADRIFT

It is harrowing and almost unbelievable. Woodley is committed, and this establishes her as a versatile actress willing to endure tough filmmaking. I do not know how to swim, nevertheless, I once took a summer of intensive catamaran sailing lessons … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Film Poster - Solo: A Star Wars Story

Written by: Victoria Alexander

The director(s) left Han in the background. The iconic Solo deserved a better origin story. A seasoned actor would have demanded more presence and not a hobbled, wimpy love story. A typical Ron Howard movie lacking passion. Director Ron Howard … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews DISOBEDIENCE

Film Poster: Disobedience

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Luminous Weisz fearlessly delves into fetish lovemaking. The general public knows very little about the customs and rituals of Orthodox Jews and are unfamiliar in seeing their closed and isolating featured in films. The head of a North London Orthodox … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

Film Review: Shoot Down “The Seagull” to End Its Misery

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

The Seagull (Michael Mayer, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. To be fair to director Michael Mayer (Flicka) and his troupe of actors, I have never been a fan of the original 1896 play The Seagull. The deeply talented Russian … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Powerful “Summer 1993,” a Child Overcomes Trauma

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Summer 1993 (“Estiu 1993”) (Carla Simón, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. A heartbreaking coming-of-age tale about a 6-year-old girl adjusting to a new life with a new family, Summer 1993 showcases remarkable, naturalistic performances from its ensemble of actors … Continue reading

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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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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: “Incredibles 2” Is Pretty Super

Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars.  14 years ago – 2 years before it was bought up by Walt Disney – Pixar released The Incredibles, a mostly enjoyable and clever animated superhero family dramedy about a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Surprising Friendship Message Shines Through the Pratfalls and Frat Jokes in “Tag”

Tag (Jeff Tomsic, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Tag is based on a real-life game of tag played by close friends for 23 years. Director Jeff Tomsic and his troupe of able-bodied comedians take this seemingly unbelievable story and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “SuperFly” Is Missing a Space in Its Title and I Don’t Know Why

SuperFly (Director X., 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. The 1970s saw a wave of films about urban life, starring African-Americans, dubbed “blaxploitation” movies. Some of them were better than others, though many trafficked in stereotypes about black Americans that … Continue reading

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Film Review: Underdeveloped Concept Leaves Much to Be Desired in “Hotel Artemis”

Hotel Artemis (Drew Pearce, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. After the 2014 underground hit John Wick established the interesting idea of a fortified sanctuary for criminals in the form of the Continental Hotel, it was only a matter of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ocean’s 8” Washes Away Series Fatigue with New Wave of Talent

Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. I love a good heist movie, even though I’d never commit the acts portrayed, myself. In Ocean’s 8, a companion (of sorts) to the previous three “Ocean’s” films – Ocean’s … Continue reading

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