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Victoria Alexander reviews WIDOWS

Film Poster: WIDOWS

Written by: Victoria Alexander

McQueen wanted to direct a popular Hollywood caper and he has succeeded. WIDOWS is not an original. It is based on a British television crime drama (broadcast in 1983 and 1985) written by Lynda La Plant. McQueen and Gillian Flynn … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Film Poster: CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Melissa McCarthy’s brave performance, Charlize-Theron-like acting jewel, deserves an Academy Award nomination. What I love: The scene at the end of CAN YOU FORGIVE ME? When Hollywood stars of Melissa McCarthy’s stature do a real person role, at the end, … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews SUSPIRIA

Film Poster: SUSPIRIA

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Not a horror movie. A psychological thriller with a strong, unique landscape. Guadagnino triumphs as usual. First off, I have never seen the original SUSPIRIA, the 1977 supernatural horror film directed by Dario Argento and co-written by Argento and Daria … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

Film Review: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Sings an Uneven Tune

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Ethan and Joel Coen, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. A collection of 6 short Westerns from Ethan and Joel Coen, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is nothing if not uneven. Though infused throughout with the brothers’ … Continue reading

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Film Review: Scots Rule in “Outlaw King”

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Outlaw King (David Mackenzie, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Despite the copious online coverage of the mid-film reveal of star Chris Pine’s genitalia in all its naked glory (don’t get too excited, as it’s only up there for a nanosecond), the … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Maria by Callas,” the Diva Shines

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Maria by Callas (Tom Volf, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. A documentary both elliptical and precisely structured, weaving in and out of broad temporal montages and detailed historical sequences, Maria by Callas tells the story of its subject with deep love and … 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: Enjoyable “Green Book” Offers Simple Lessons in Racial Harmony

Green Book (Peter Farrelly, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. In 1962, noted African American pianist Don Shirley decided to take a tour through the Jim Crow south, leaving behind the comfort of his spacious apartment above Carnegie Hall and the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Fantastic Beasts 2” is a Bloated and Incoherent Mess of Magical Proportions

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (David Yates, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. David Yates returns to the wizarding world for the sixth time and brings the sequel of the new Harry Potter spinoff series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to … Continue reading

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Film Review: These “Widows” Deserve a Better Deal

Widows (Steve McQueen, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. There’s nothing in Widows that a better script couldn’t fix. With solid performances all around and some excellent action sequences, the only thing missing is a remotely plausible story. Director/co-screenwriter McQueen (12 Years … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Heartwarming Story of Adoption Outshines Passable Laughs in “Instant Family”

Instant Family (Sean Anders, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Sean Anders, director of Daddy’s Home1 & 2 and That’s My Boy, continues his love for suburban-based comedies with the heartfelt Instant Family. Inspired by Anders’ life as an adoptive father of three … Continue reading

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Film Review: Boy Erased

Film Poster: BOY ERASED

Boy Erased – **1/2 OUT OF 4 Boy Erased is the second film this year dealing with the issue of gay conversion therapy and individuals  struggling with same sex attraction. The film released in the spring, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post“ won … Continue reading

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