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Victoria Alexander reviews VENOM

Film Poster: VENOM

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Awesome. All hail Tom Hardy! This is what you get when an actor takes on a Marvel character. There is no stunt double on wires flying in a suit. I love MR. INBETWEEN on FX! Scott Ryan plays a working-class … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

Film Poster: Bad Times At The El Royale

Written by: Victoria Alexander

A slow start, too many songs, but it has Hemsworth at his sexiest. Just before a terrible rainstorm, four guests sign in at the El Royale, which is situated with half of the hotel in California and the other half … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews FAHRENHEIT 11/9

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Michael Moore heralds the apocalypse. Everything has gone to Hell in a hand basket. Donald Trump bulldozed right over the savior of America! Before Michael Moore, were documentary filmmakers ever stars of their movies? Moore started an ugly trend. The … Continue reading

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Specialty Releases

Netflix Film Review: “22 July” Is Both Effective and Deeply Unpleasant

22 July (Paul Greengrass, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. It takes a certain kind of masochist to embrace the cinematic adaptation of a horrific real-life event. This does not make Paul Greengrass (Jason Bourne), the director of 22 July – a retelling … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Monsters and Men” Brilliantly Explores the Complicated Aftermath of a Police Shooting

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Monsters and Men (Reinaldo Marcus Green, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. A filmic triptych of intersecting lives in a Brooklyn neighborhood riven by the police shooting of an unarmed African-American man, Monsters and Men evokes powerful emotions with remarkable narrative economy. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bad Girls Rule in “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.”

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (Steve Loveridge, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. In a rousing documentary profile of Sri Lankan-born activist and hip-hop performer M.I.A., director Steve Loveridge (making his feature debut) – a friend of hers since their mutual time in a London art … Continue reading

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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: In Occasionally Inspiring “First Man,” Armstrong Mopes His Way to the Stars

First Man (Damien Chazelle, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. A slow, meditative look at America’s great space program of the 1960s, First Man is long on family drama and short on action, but this is not always a bad thing, except … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Stellar Cast and Noir-Inspired Thrills Are Standouts at the “El Royale”

Bad Times at the El Royale (Drew Goddard, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Drew Goddard, the creator of Netflix’s popular Daredevil series, spills his trademark wit and mixed-genre writing into the high-stakes world of a classic noir mystery in Bad Times at … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Venom” Is Cinematic Poison

Venom (Ruben Fleischer, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. Listen up: I have a really interesting idea for a movie. Imagine a human character inhabited by a super-intelligent, super-sensory and super-strong being, using its body as host, who initially rejects the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “A Star Is Born,” Yet Again

A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. How one reacts to Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born will very much depend on one’s tolerance for maudlin sentimentality mixed with romance. A fan of Puccini’s opera La Bohème, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Hate U Give” Mostly Conquers, with Love

The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr., 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Based on the eponymous 2017 young-adult novel by Angie Thomas, itself inspired by the late rapper Tupac Shakur’s THUG LIFE tattoo (Shakur said the letters stood for “The … Continue reading

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