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Film Review: MIDSOMMAR

Film Poster: MIDSOMMAR

Written by: Victoria Alexander

A stunning, unexpected nightmare for a group of grad students without a clue. Doesn’t leave much room for sympathy for the victims. It’s a clever film worth seeing twice. Director-screenwriter Ari Aster’s HEREDITARY (2018) was certified a hit with critics … Continue reading

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Film Review: THE DEAD DON’T DIE

Written by: Victoria Alexander

There was no script, the cast was comatose and sitting through it was agony. Focus Features spent all the money on theater standees. With the cast and the hallowed Jim Jarmusch writing and directing (STRANGER THAN PARADISE, which everyone refers … Continue reading

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Film Review: DARK PHOENIX

Film Poster: DARK PHOENIX

Written by: Victoria Alexander

The  homoerotic farewell to what the X-MEN has really been about – the unresolved passion between Xavier and Magneto. The competition between the Marvel and DC superheroes has stalled at Everest’s Base Camp 4. Who will get to the top … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

Film Review: Rambling “Summer Night” Offers Chill Vibes

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Summer Night (Joseph Cross, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. An enjoyable enough, if rambling and slight, study of twentysomething ennui, director Joseph Cross’ Summer Night follows a group of thirteen friends over the course of one night (as per the movie’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Deadsight” Is Unique but Underwhelming

Written by: Matt Patti

Deadsight (Jesse Thomas Cook, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. The horror subgenre of zombie films all started in 1968 with the infamous blunder made by George Romero’s distributor for Night of the Living Dead. This gaffe involved forgetting to … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am“ Offers Solid, If Staid, Tribute to Its Subject

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. The palpable passion of poet Sonia Sanchez and media guru Oprah Winfrey notwithstanding, director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ documentary homage to the great writer Toni Morrison is 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: “The Lion King” Roars with Shiny New Technology, Meows Through Same Old Story

The Lion King (Jon Favreau, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. A marvelous demonstration of the wonders of 21st-century computer-generated imagery (or CGI), Disney’s latest poaching from its own story vault is beautiful to behold, the wonders of modern animation … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Maiden” Proves Itself Brutal, Uplifting, and Inspiring 

Film Poster: MAIDEN

Maiden (Alex Holmes) 3 out of 4 stars. We’re living in an era of film that ushers in both the documentary as a genre and the experiences of women as narrative focal points. Alex Holmes’ Maiden sets out for both … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Stuber” is a Ride You Can Miss 

Film Poster: STUBER

Stuber (Michael Dowse) 1 out of 4 stars. It turns out that some movies are only as good as their name. Take a look at this one, and you’ll know everything you need to know about the movie behind it. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Enjoyable “Spider-Man: Far from Home” Journeys Close to the Heart

Spider-Man: Far from Home (Jon Watts, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. As I feel compelled to write whenever I review a new Marvel film, I am no diehard aficionado of the superhero genre. I dabbled in some reading of … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Yesterday,” Danny Boyle Injects a Bit of Originality into the Rags-to-Riches Story

Yesterday (Danny Boyle, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Danny Boyle, a filmmaker with one of the most eclectic filmographies imaginable, jumps headfirst into the traditional romantic comedy and uses a script by Love Actually’s Richard Curtis to inject a dose … Continue reading

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