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Film Review: In Witty, If Schematic, “Phantom Thread,” Three Fine Actors Engage in a Battle of Wills

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Like, love or hate his movies, Paul Thomas Anderson is a filmmaker of uncompromising vision. Whether chronicling the porn industry in 1970s Hollywood (Boogie Nights), profiling the romantic misadventures … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “I, Tonya,” Margot Lands a Perfect Performance

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. An alternately delightful and heartbreaking mockumentary romp of a biopic, I, Tonya features a mesmerizing performance by Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as disgraced former figure skater Tonya … Continue reading

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Film Review: Columbus

Written by: Filipe Freitas

If there is a recent debut feature that has been stirring a massive, positive buzz out there, it is “Columbus”, a drama with an exceptional architectural orientation, both materially and emotionally. The film, written and directed by American-Korean Kogonada 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: Terrific “The Post” Chronicles Great American Journalism

The Post (Steven Spielberg, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. Join me, dear moviegoer, on a journey back in time to when the fourth estate brought down a presidency through the exercise of its craft. Believers in their positions as … Continue reading

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Film Review: Call Me By Your Name

Film Poster: Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name – **** out of ****4 Stars Italian director – Luca Guadagnino (“I Am Love”, “A Bigger Splash”) finishes his third film in his “Desire” trilogy with his best and most acclaimed work to date. Along with his co-writer … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Downsizing” Needs Major Trimming

Downsizing (Alexander Payne, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars. One of the many curious aspects of Downsizing, the new film from Alexander Payne (Nebraska), is how a story about stripping ourselves of excess expands to include an overwhelming multitude of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Greatest Showman” Is All Show, Little Substance

The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars. What to make of The Greatest Showman, an original musical – written for the screen, not stage – starring Hugh Jackman (Logan) as 19th-century circus impresario P.T. Barnum? Filled … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the Force Rises, Then Takes a Midday Nap

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. As a child of the 1970s, I grew up adoring the original Star Wars franchise … at least until The Return of the Jedi came around, with … Continue reading

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