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“Friend Request” Posts an Empty Profile

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Friend Request (Simon Verhoeven, 2016) 1 out of 4 stars. When the best thing about your movie is its unfamiliar location, you know you have a problem. Then again, at least Friend Request has something to show for itself. An … Continue reading

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Film Review: Solid “Crown Heights” Chronicles an Unjust Prison Ordeal

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Crown Heights (Matt Ruskin, 2016) 3 out of 4 stars. With a solid cast and a mostly strong script, Crown Heights delivers the dramatic goods in this riveting tale of a man imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Good Time” Is Good If Not Quite Great

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Good Time (Benny Safdie/Josh Safdie, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Filled with striking images, excitingly disorienting action sequences and strong performances, Good Times – the new film from the Safdie brothers (Heaven Knows What) – is in many ways a … 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: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

[Film Poster] Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 3 (out of 4 Stars) If you liked the original Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) then you’re going to love Kingsman: The Golden Circle.  While not a Hollywood masterpiece this movie is nonstop fun, goofy and humorous with lots … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Mother!” Births a False Idol

Mother! (Darren Aronofsky, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. The problem with Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! lies not in its use of allegory to tackle existential challenges of the human condition, nor in its fanciful approach to the circular design of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “It” Is a Lot of Fun Until It Forgets to be Interesting

It (Andy Muschietti, 2016) 2½ out of 4 stars. I have read many Stephen King novels, and enjoyed a good number of them, including Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, The Dead Zone, Firestarter and more (my preference is for the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Marjorie Prime

Michael Almereyda’s filmmaking style was never easy to catch up. His past films, regardless amazing premises, usually fell into torpid atmospheres and narrative impasses. “Nadja”, “Hamlet”, and “Cymbeline” are elucidative examples of potentially good stories that fail to deliver in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Patti Cake$

Film Poster: Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$ – ***1/2 out of **** Director –writer-composer Geremy Jasper got help for his debut feature film, Patti Cake$, from the Sundance Institute’s director and screenwriter labs. A life long music freak he wrote the catchy tunes that populate the … Continue reading

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