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Victoria Alexander Reviews A Simple Favor

Film Poster: A Simple Favor

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Determined to be a movie star, Blake Lively has a starring role in a clever movie and she is perfect. When Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) watches Emily (Blake Lively) exit a car to pick up her young son at his grade … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews OPERATION FINALE and THE ICONOCLAST

Film Poster: Operation Finale

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Not how Eichmann was captured but how did he stay free and living easy for 15 years on the worldwide lam? If only we were told how the principle architect of Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution”, that savagely murdered millions of … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander Reviews THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

Film Poster: The Happytime Murders

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Brilliant and creative, McCarthy has her franchise as long as she can get along with newly minted star, Phil Phillips. I know Melissa McCarthy has a very close working relationship with her husband, Ben Falcone, who has written, directed and … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

Film Review: In “Pick of the Litter,” 5 Puppies Play on Our Heartstrings

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Pick of the Litter (Don Hardy Jr./Dana Nachman, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Puppies! What’s not to like about a litter of adorable puppies? Indeed, for a dog lover, a film like Pick of the Litter seems like a cinematic … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Bel Canto” Sings Well Enough, If a Little Flat

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Bel Canto (Paul Weitz, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Bel Canto is adapted from Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel of the same name, which itself was based on a real-life hostage crisis that occurred in Peru in 1996. Starring Julianne Moore (Wonderstruck), … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Apparition” Examines Faith and Its Misuse

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

The Apparition (“L’apparition”) (Xavier Giannoli, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. A film sometimes too overwrought for its own good, French director Xavier Giannoli’s The Apparition nevertheless features enough engaging elements to make for solid drama, even if, at approximately 135 minutes … 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: In “Fahrenheit 11/9,” Michael Moore Trumpets a Powerful Clarion Call to Action

Fahrenheit 11/9 (Michael Moore, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. A frequently effective, but often equally undisciplined filmmaker, Michael Moore has made his share of powerful indictments of the deep inequalities at the root of these United States, among them Roger … Continue reading

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Film Review: A SIMPLE FAVOR

Film Poster: A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Paul Feig is a wonderful commercial director whose last 4 films have made over 100 million dollars each( including “Bridesmaids”, “Spy”; “The Heat” and “Ghostbusters” )and all have starred women and been … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Blood, the Snark and the Charm Is Cranked up in Shane Black’s Uneven “The Predator”

The Predator (Shane Black, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. In 1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McTiernan, two Hollywood legends at the height of their power, came together and made Predator, an action film that successfully crossed multiple genres and remains … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Searching” Finds Profundity in Its Own Chaos

Searching (Aneesh Chaganty, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars.  A muddle in many ways, director Aneesh Chaganty’s Searching nevertheless rises enough above its own frequent missteps to be quite profound in parts, especially in its examination of the role of social media, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Operation Finale” Boasts Strong Leads but Deserves Stronger Direction

Operation Finale (Chris Weitz, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Set 15 years after the devastating events of World War Two, Operation Finale tells the story of Israeli secret agent Peter Malkin, played by Oscar Isaac, and his team, tasked with capturing … Continue reading

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