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Film Review: JOKER

Film Poster: JOKER

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Brilliant and astonishing. See Joker and there is no need to see any other movie in 2019. Joker is a brave and daring film. Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/Joker creates a fully realized unique character. The screenplay by director Todd … Continue reading

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Film Review: JUDY

Film Poster: JUDY

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Boo-Hoo. A little girl was deprived of a childhood to become a world famous actress and singer. Not everyone has an idyllic childhood. Most of us would trade our lousy childhoods with the one manufactured for Judy Garland. Sure, it’s … Continue reading

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ONCE UPON A TIME…in HOLLYWOOD

Film Poster: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Really? Not one moment of insight into what happened on Cielo Drive? Tarantino drank the Hollywood Kool-Aid. DiCaprio and Pitt get to hang out and do a lot of driving around. Does writer-director Quentin Tarantino know that the Tate-La Bianca … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

Film Review: “Pain and Glory” Offers Neither, But Still Diverts

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Associate Editor

Pain and Glory (“Dolor y gloria”) (Pedro Almodóvar, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film offers neither excessive pain nor great glory, so megalomaniacal masochists, beware. It is a very personal film, however, so there are plenty … Continue reading

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Film Review: Intriguing “Monos” Makes Monsters Out of Children

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Associate Editor

Monos (Alejandro Landes, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Blindfolded children stand in a circle of large stones, framed by towering mountains, clouds swirling around. Is this a sinister ritual? No, it’s but a game; we soon see them kicking … Continue reading

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Film Review: Magical “Tigers Are Not Afraid” Explores Horrors of Mexican Drug Wars

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Associate Editor

Tigers Are Not Afraid (“Vuelven”) (Issa López, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. A horror film set amidst the real-life tragedies of Mexico’s horrific drug wars, Issa López’s Tigers Are Not Afraid (“Vuelven,” or “They Come Back” in the original … 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: Will Smith Fights His Doppelgänger and a Hackneyed Script in “Gemini Man”

Gemini Man (Ang Lee, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. Cautious optimism is the phrase I would use to describe the feeling that rumbles in my gut whenever a new film from either Ang Lee or Will Smith is released. Like … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Lucy in the Sky” Is a Narrative Black Hole

Lucy in the Sky (Noah Hawley, 2019) ½ out of 4 stars. Lucy is inspired, Lucy is inspiring. She’s also driven, stunned, passionate, angry, giddy, confused, focused, manic, crazy, smart, successful, failing, at-a-loss spiraling-out-of-control allovertheplace goingamileaminuteand quicklylosingthethreadof thingsandunabletodifferentiate betweenwhatisrealandwhatisnot. She’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Addams Family” Snaps Its Way into Our Hearts

The Addams Family (Greg Tiernan/Conrad Vernon, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Growing up, my father always used to talk about these people called “The Addams Family.” He would reference a character called “Cousin It” and “Morticia.” Of course, I … Continue reading

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Film Review: This “Joker” Is All Hole and No Ace

Joker (Todd Phillips, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. A relentlessly bleak tale of despair and anger, director Todd Phillips’s Joker features a blistering collection of mannerisms masquerading as emotional truths in lead actor Joaquin Phoenix’s performance, and not much else. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Abominable” Is Anything But

Abominable (Jill Culton, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Dreamwork’s Abominable is just the latest in a string of films to focus on Asian-centered storylines and characters, as well as the latest in a string of films to focus on Yeti-adjacent … Continue reading

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