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Film Review: MARRIAGE STORY

FIlm Poster: MARRIAGE STORY

Written by: Victoria Alexander

It builds to a sensational, illuminating scene between Johansson and Driver, then slips when Driver, who does have a strong singing voice, uses the film to audition for a Broadway musical. It’s tough to make a film about marriage. You … Continue reading

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Film Review: TERMINATOR: DARK FATE

Film Poster - TERMINATOR: DARK FATE

Written by: Victoria Alexander

All hail the triumphant return of Sarah Connor. They got it right. Let’s ignore the ridiculous previous – financial, rather than heroic, attempts to keep the franchise going – and just say here is the sequel to that money-making name … Continue reading

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Film Review: JOKER

Film Poster: JOKER

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Brilliant and astonishing. See Joker and there is no need to see any other movie in 2019. Joker is a brave and daring film. Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/Joker creates a fully realized unique character. The screenplay by director Todd … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

Film Review: “Crown Vic” Is a Pedestrian Vehicle with an Occasional Flair

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Associate Editor

Crown Vic (Joel Souza, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. A police thriller with few police and fewer thrills, Crown Vic nevertheless offers a few rewards for the patient viewer, though these come wrapped in a derivative package that recalls Antoine … Continue reading

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Film Review: Inspiring, if Harrowing, “For Sama” Is for All of Us

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Associate Editor

For Sama (Waad al-Kateab/Edward Watts, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. A documentary that combines the first-person narrative of a video essay with an unflinching account of the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Syria, For Sama follows its co-director and subject, Waad … Continue reading

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Film Review: “End of the Century” Offers a Moving Portrait of Memory

Written by: Hannah Tran

End of the Century (“Fin de siglo”) (Lucio Castro, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. We’ve seen this story before. Two characters meet by chance while on a getaway in a European city and end up passing time there with … Continue reading

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Industry Advice

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: “Ford v Ferrari” Crosses Finish Line with Pure Charm and Adrenaline

Ford v Ferrari (James Mangold, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. As the endless barrage of superhero movies continue to dominate the theaters during the summer months, James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari brings back the invigorating feeling of blockbusters of yesteryear in … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Good Liar” Just Barely Entertains by the Chemistry of Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen

The Good Liar (Bill Condon, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Nothing more satisfying than seeing a criminal get their just desserts. A simple call to the police is fine, I guess, but the more elaborate the reveal of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Honey Boy” Offers a Bitter, but Powerful Tale, Beautifully Realized

Honey Boy (Alma Har’el, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. One of the best decisions writer and star Shia LaBeouf (Borg vs. McEnroe) made in the run-up to Honey Boy was hiring someone other than himself to direct. He may or … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Charlie’s Angels” Is a Clever and Powerful Female-Led Action Film

Charlie’s Angels (Elizabeth Banks, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Before I start this review, I must state a caveat: I have not seen any of the previous entries in the “Charlie’s Angels” universe, including the original TV show. So, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Doctor Sleep” Keeps Us Awake, Even If It Never Quite Shines

Doctor Sleep (Mike Flanagan, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. A perfectly acceptable, if not particularly remarkable, adaptation of a book I haven’t read – Stephen King’s eponymous 2013 sequel to his 1977 The Shining – Doctor Sleep is mostly involving throughout its (long) … Continue reading

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