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Victoria Alexander’s TOP 10 FOR 2018

Victoria Alexander's 2018 Top 10 Movies

Written by: Victoria Alexander

BORDER. My number 1 film for 2018 is BORDER. The film is directed by Ali Abbasi from the short story Gräns by John Aivide Lindqvist (who wrote the sensational novel Let the Right One In). Abbasi, Lindqvist and Isabella Eklöf wrote the screenplay. … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews MARY POPPINS RETURNS

Film Poster: MARY POPPINS RETURNS

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Blunt plays an arch, aloof and sly Mary Poppins. And Miranda can rap but not sing. There is no chemistry between them. I never saw the 1964 Disney classic (quelle horreur!), so I can easily review MARY POPPINS RETURNS without … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews ROMA

Film Poster: ROMA

Written by: Victoria Alexander

I felt bad for the family dog. The Las Vegas Film Critics Society – of which I am a member – named Alfonso Cuaron’s ROMA it’s Best Picture for 2018. Unlike Cuaron, I have “childhood amnesia.” Cuaron has lovingly and … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

Film Review: With Nuance and Balance, “Untouchable” Explores Fraught Truths About Sex Crimes

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Untouchable (David Feige, 2016) 4 out of 4 stars. Most human beings, I hope, can agree that the sexual abuse of children is a grievous wrong that should be punished to the full extent allowed by the courts. Beyond such a … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Mary Queen of Scots” Deserves a Better Fate

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Mary Queen of Scots (Josie Rourke, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. A narrative mess of a film occasionally buoyed by the raw beauty of well-photographed Scottish landscapes, Mary Queen of Scots begins as a sharp examination of the challenges faced by … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Vox Lux” Loses Both Voice and Light by the End

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Vox Lux (Brady Corbet, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. A film that starts with a bang and ends in a fizzle, Vox Lux impresses before it disappoints. Featuring a brilliant set of twin performances from Raffey Cassidy (The Killing of a … 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: “On the Basis of Sex” Offers Fast-Food RBG

On the Basis of Sex (Mimi Leder, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. The second film about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released within the last 7 months, On the Basis of Sex opens with the usual biopic title card: “Inspired … Continue reading

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Film Review: VICE Assumes Too Much of Subject and Too Little of Audience

Film Poster: VICE

Vice (Adam McKay) 1 out of 4 stars About midway through Adam McKay’s latest attempt to mansplain the atrocities of contemporary politics to us, he decides so condescendingly to roll the film’s end credits. That’s right, it was an aggressive … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Destroyer,” Kidman Elevates Weak Script with Powerful Performance

Destroyer (Karyn Kusama, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Anchored by a searing turn from lead actress Nicole Kidman, Destroyer powers through its weaker moments like an addict looking for the next fix. All that matters is Kidman’s ravaged visage and world-weary … Continue reading

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ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL Proves Itself Clever, If Not Wanting

Film Poster: ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL

Once Upon a Deadpool (David Leitch) 2 out of 4 stars I suspect that it is the perpetually worsening feeling of political and social dread that has allowed the superhero to become our new and improved God. I myself have … Continue reading

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Film Review: Strong Performances Buoy Flawed but Fascinating “Bird Box”

Bird Box (Susanne Bier, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. What an interesting year for the post-apocalyptic senses! First there was A Quiet Place, in which the slightest sound could potentially bring on disaster, forcing people into near-mute silence. Now comes … Continue reading

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