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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: 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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Film Review: “Time for Ilhan” Shows Why, Yes, It Is Time

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Time for Ilhan (Norah Shapiro, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. One never knows, when making a film, how current events might affect its release. Back in 2016, when director Norah Shapiro (Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile) first started following … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Wedding Guest” Delivers Taut Thrills, Until the End

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

The Wedding Guest (Michael Winterbottom, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. For two-thirds of its length, The Wedding Guest is a taut thriller featuring a performance from Dev Patel (Lion) unlike any we’ve seen him give before. Lean and mean, he … 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 Paranoia and Fear of the Doppelgänger Infiltrates Jordan Peele’s “Us”

Us (Jordan Peele, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Once again Jordan Peele crashes through our mental cavities without any discernable mercy and penetrates our nightmares with the overlooked fear of the doppelgänger in Us. Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston … Continue reading

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Film Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL

Film Poster: CAPTAIN MARVEL

“Captain Marvel” – ** OUT OF 4 Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (“ Half Nelson”) bring back the mid-1990’s with comments ranging  about everything from  computers  to music in this  21st latest iteration  about the 18 billion dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe.   The … Continue reading

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Film Review: Happy Death Day 2U and the Originality of Unoriginality

Film Poster: HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U

Happy Death Day 2U (Christopher Landon) 3½ out of 4 stars The first Happy Death Day was often described as “Groundhog’s Day meets Scream.” This one tones down the Scream, turns up the Groundhog’s Day, and adds a new layer … Continue reading

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“Dragon 3” Delivers Family Fun but Never Matches Dramatic Weight of Predecessors

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Dean DeBlois, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Dean DeBlois, director of Dragons 1 and 2, draws the velvet curtain on the newly formed How to Train Your Dragon trilogy with its final installment, The … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Alita: Battle Angel,” Silliness and All, Offers Solid Entertainment

Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Based on a Japanese manga series by Yukito Kishiro, the crazy new film from writer/director Robert Rodriguez (Machete Kills) and writers James Cameron (Avatar) and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), Alita: Battle Angel serves … Continue reading

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