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Film Review: CHARLIE SAYS

Film Poster: CHARLIE SAYS

Written by: Victoria Alexander

I do not believe the public will ever know what the reason was behind the Tate-La Bianca murders committed by Tex Watson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Susan Atkins and ordered by Charles Manson.  From all I have read … Continue reading

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Film Review: AVENGERS: ENDGAME

FIlm Poster: THE AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Chris Hemsworth walks off with the 3-hour extravaganza. The talking rodent comes in second. Remember early Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.)? As played by Downey, Tony was bitchy, filled with  bravado, egotistical and pranced around showing off his toys and … Continue reading

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Film Review: US

Film Poster: US

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Jordan Peele does the miraculous: his follow up to GET OUT does not cheat his fans. And if you can dope out the twist, it’s terrific. The two people I saw US with couldn’t understand the twisty ending. I tried … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

Film Review: “Trial by Fire” Offers Unpleasant Truths

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Trial by Fire (Edward Zwick, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Trial by Fire, from director Edward Zwick (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back) is the kind of film that trolls for your sympathy through rich veins of sentiment that mask … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Fast Color” Offers Mostly Lovely Indie Sci-Fi

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Fast Color (Julia Hart, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Though it suffers from some confused world-building, Julia Hart’s Fast Color remains, throughout, an engaging meditation on identity and empowerment. The film follows a trio of women – three generations of a single … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Teen Spirit” Delivers a Quick High and Long Low

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Teen Spirit (Max Minghella, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars.  Actor Max Minghella’s directorial debut, Teen Spirit, deserves high marks for style, with its vibrant visuals and evocative editing. Unfortunately, the story the film tells is not up to the … 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: “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” Delivers Few Shocks, but Good Fun

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Rob Letterman, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. I know next to nothing about the world of Pokémon, nor did I do much research before watching Pokémon Detective Pikachu. I vaguely remember, in 2016, the Pokémon GO … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Long Shot” Is, Indeed, Long, but Mostly Fun

Long Shot (Jonathan Levine, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A charming, if overlong, romantic comedy about love, sex and politics, director Jonathan Levine’s Long Shot gives us the unlikely pairing (and coupling) of stars Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen and, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Avengers: Endgame” Impressively Sustains Marvel’s Effect on Cinema

FIlm Poster: THE AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Avengers: Endgame (Joe & Anthony Russo, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. Eleven years ago, I never thought the superhero genre would have reached the level of accomplishment of a 21-film saga. Before the first Iron Man released into theaters in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Disneynature’s “Penguins” Barely Waddles Along

Penguins (Alastair Fothergill/Jeff Wilson, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. Who doesn’t love penguins? It’s a question I had on my mind as I watched Disneynature’s latest venture into the animal kingdom that I could guess film distributors had asked … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Little” Never Makes It Big

Little (Tina Gordon Chism, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Would that Little made a bigger splash. Instead, it sets its sights so low that when the comedy succeeds, it is almost in spite of the premise, rather than because of … Continue reading

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