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Film Review: HOLIDAY

Film Poster: HOLIDAY

Written by: Victoria Alexander

A provocative film by an astonishing filmmaker that is compelling and uncompromisingly strong. A must-see. After its theatrical run, Breaking Glass Pictures will release a DVD/VOD of Isabella Eklöf’s sensational film, HOLIDAY, on February 26, 2019. HOLIDAY held its world premiere during … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews GLASS

Film Poster: GLASS

Written by: Victoria Alexander

McAvoy is sensational, and Shyamalan delivers a totally unexpected twist. Bravo for a fearless ending. Whence does evil come? For Epicurus, it was his questioning the reality of God; for us it is: What is the source of evil. Is it … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews MARY POPPINS RETURNS

Film Poster: MARY POPPINS RETURNS

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Blunt plays an arch, aloof and sly Mary Poppins. And Miranda can rap but not sing. There is no chemistry between them. I never saw the 1964 Disney classic (quelle horreur!), so I can easily review MARY POPPINS RETURNS without … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

Film Review: “King of Thieves” Almost Pulls off the Heist

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

King of Thieves (James Marsh, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars.  Based on a real-life 2015 heist, director James Marsh’s King of Thieves assembles a cast of fine British actors of a certain age, among them Jim Broadbent (The Lady in the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Stan & Ollie” Honors the Great Laurel & Hardy

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Stan & Ollie (Jon S. Baird, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Stan Laurel (1890-1965, born Arthur Stanley Jefferson) and Oliver Hardy (1892-1957, born Norvell Hardy) were mildly popular performers in their own right when, in 1927, producer Hal Roach paired … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Standoff at Sparrow Creek” Delivers Mostly Solid Thrills

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (Henry Dunham, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Just a few months ago, I had never heard of James Badge Dale, and now all of a sudden (or so it seems) he appears in three movies … 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: “Alita: Battle Angel,” Silliness and All, Offers Solid Entertainment

Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Based on a Japanese manga series by Yukito Kishiro, the crazy new film from writer/director Robert Rodriguez (Machete Kills) and writers James Cameron (Avatar) and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), Alita: Battle Angel serves … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” Entertains, but Tries Too Hard to Please

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Mike Mitchell, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. I loved The Lego Movie, which came out in 2014 to great critical and commercial success. Though seemingly a marketing ploy to sell more LEGO toys, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Both Smart and Silly, “Velvet Buzzsaw” Entertains with Horror/Satire Mix

Velvet Buzzsaw (Dan Gilroy, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Documentarian Nathaniel Kahn’s The Price of Everything came out this past fall, and in it the director explores the outrageous sums involved in buying and selling art in today’s market. How value … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Kid Who Would Be King” Offers Magic, Fun and Fine Lessons for All

The Kid Who Would Be King (Joe Cornish, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A silly, if thoroughly enjoyable riff on the myth of King Arthur, The Kid Who Would Be King follows 12-year-old Alexander Elliott as he discovers a sword in … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Glass” Overpromises and Underdelivers

Glass (M. Night Shyamalan, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. I still remember the frisson of anticipation, back in 2000, before I sat down to watch M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable, given how much I had enjoyed his previous film, The Sixth … Continue reading

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