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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: Naomi Watts’ Performance Can’t Save “The Wolf Hour”

Written by: Matt Patti

The Wolf Hour (Alistair Banks Griffin, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Set in 1977 New York City in the midst of the “Summer of Sam,” in which the Son of Sam killer went on a killing spree leaving behind … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Hero Comes Alive in AIDS Documentary “Ximei”

Written by: Hannah Tran

Ximei (Andy Cohen/Gaylen Ross, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Trauma comes in many forms. The Chinese Henan Province’s plasma economy that offered money in exchange for the plasma donations of mainly poor rural farmers was the catalyst for about … Continue reading

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Film Review: ”Synonyms“ Boasts Vision but Lacks Connection

Written by: Hannah Tran

Synonyms (Nadav Lapid) 2 out of 4 stars. In Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s latest film, Synonyms, we follow the journey of a young Israeli man as he attempts to abandon his ingrained cultural identity in favor of a new one. … 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: Uneven “The Aeronauts” Soars Through the Air, Crawls on the Ground

The Aeronauts (Tom Harper, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Filled with wonderful flights of stunning computer-generated imagery, The Aeronauts periodically soars but all too often crash-lands under the weight of its unwieldly structure. “Inspired by true events,” as its opening … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Knives Out” Delivers a Sharp Comic Caper

Knives Out (Rian Johnson, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. There are so many winning performances in Rian Johnson’s new film, an uproarious whodunnit, that to name them all and sing the praises of each would take up half the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Two Popes” Shines with the Light of Cinematic Inspiration

The Two Popes (Fernando Meirelles, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was, well, never. Sure, I was raised Episcopalian (in a High Anglican church, no less, which means confession was … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Queen & Slim” Is a Powerful, if Sometimes Bumpy, Road Movie

Queen & Slim (Melina Matsoukas, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A rousing dramatic thriller about racial profiling and police violence in America, Queen & Slim is a sometimes imperfect vehicle for the issues it raises, yet an ultimately powerful cinematic … Continue reading

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Film Review: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Offers Beautiful Make-Believe

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Last year’s beautiful documentary tribute to the late, great Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, offered such a comprehensive and moving tribute to the man … Continue reading

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