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Film Review: “A Ghost Story” Haunts the Eyes, If Not Always the Mind

A Ghost Story (David Lowery, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. Director David Lowery’s haunting A Ghost Story gives us the spirit life from the perspective of the phantom. Time has no meaning when you’re dead, however, and so the … Continue reading


Film Review: Neruda

Undoubtedly, Pablo Larraín is the most exciting Chilean filmmaker working today. He has been carving his mark in the contemporary world cinema through beautiful artistic works such as “Tony Manero”, “Post Mortem”, “No”, and “The Club”. Last year, he filmed … Continue reading


Film Review: Though Entertaining, “The Hero” Never Quite Escapes Its Clichés

The Hero (Brett Haley, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. A pleasant enough diversion, The Hero – starring Sam Elliott (Grandma) as Lee Hayden, an aging star of Westerns – nevertheless sinks into a mire of clichés from which it never … Continue reading

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At Tribeca Film Institute, a Treasure Trove for Indie and Emerging Filmmakers

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


How Celebrities Can Manage The Pressures Of Hollywood

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


6 Tips On How To Deal With A Celebrity Breakup

Sometimes it can be difficult for celebrities to manage the stress and depression of ending a relationship with someone. Here are some tips on how celebrities can deal with a breakup. 1.Give it some time. At first, you will feel … Continue reading


Film Review: Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets

Film Poster: Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets

Valerian and The City Of A Thousand Planets – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Director/auteur Luc Besson’s oeuvre (“The Fifth Element”, “Lucy”) has no room for the intellectual traditions of French cinema. He once said: “Cinema is not a medicine to save … Continue reading


Film Review: Wish Upon

Film Poster: Wish Upon

WISH UPON – 1½ (out of four stars) When I first heard of this movie I thought it was a Disney movie remake of Pinocchio “when you wish upon a star” sung by Geppetto. Make sense, right? Not! Believe it or not, … Continue reading


Film Review: “Dunkirk” Never Quite Emerges from the Fog of War

Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. Christopher Nolan’s latest epic – this one grounded in actual historical events, for once – has received such near-unanimous praise from other film critics that it was with some disappointment that I … Continue reading


Film Review: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Mostly Brings Home the Goods (But Did We Really Need Another Spider-Man?)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. With every further installment in the current iteration of the “Marvel Cinematic Universe,” I feel ever more compelled to preface my review of the film just released with a recap … Continue reading


Film Review: “The Big Sick” Is the Cure for What Ails Us

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. Co-written by real-life romantic partners Emily V. Gordon (Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail) and Kumail Nanjiani (same show, plus HBO’s Silicon Valley, and many more), The … Continue reading