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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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Film Review: CLIMAX

Film Poster: CLIMAX

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Gaspar Noé is intoxicating and CLIMAX is brilliant. A dazzling evocative, creative sensation. It will influence filmmakers and heralds a new, totally visceral experience. CLIMAX cannot be missed, but be warned, it’s not a Hollywood movie.  I brought a copy … Continue reading

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Film Review: GLORIA BELL

Film Poster: GLORIA BELL

Written by: Victoria Alexander

An anthem for gorgeous, independent women memorialized by the magnificent Julianne Moore.  When we first meet Sebastián Lelio’s fabulous Gloria Bell (Julianne Moore), she is at a small nightclub bar. The club is a well-guarded secret in L.A. – it’s a … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

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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Film Review: In Fascinating “Transit,” the Past Haunts the Present

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Transit (Christian Petzold, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars.  A profoundly unsettling film, director Christian Petzold’s Transit plunges us into the heart of World War II, as refugees from behind German lines struggle to find a way out of the danger … 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: “Penguins” Is Soulless

Penguins (Alastair Fothergill/Jeff Wilson, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars.  Disneynature, a production arm within the larger Disney Studios, produces nature documentaries with an eye – according to its mission statement – to bringing the “world’s top nature filmmakers together to … 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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Film Review: “The Best of Enemies” Offers the Bare Minimum of Racial Tension

The Best of Enemies (Robin Bissell, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. In today’s heated and hate-injected racial climate, one can’t deny the timeliness of the release of Robin Bissell’s The Best of Enemies, set in 1971 Durham, North Carolina. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Pet Sematary” Misses the Mark

Pet Sematary (Kevin Kölsch/Dennis Widmyer, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. I have neither read Stephen King’s 1983 novel Pet Sematary, nor seen, in full, its first, 1989 movie adaptation. Since the latter is currently available to watch for free … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Shazam!” Ekes Out a Good Time

Shazam! (David F. Sandberg, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. A very silly combination of the 1988 movie Big and the broad strokes of the modern superhero mythos, Shazam! barely holds up to even the most basic narrative scrutiny, yet manages … Continue reading

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