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Interview with Director Anthony Jerjen of “Inherit the Viper”

I recently had the pleasure to talk with Swiss director Anthony Jerjen whose crime drama film Inherit the Viper (which I also reviewed), starring Pearl Harbor’s Josh Hartnett, Adventureland’s Margarita Levieva, and Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’s Bruce Dern, … Continue reading

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Jay Berg’s 2019 Double Exposure (Investigative Film Festival) Coverage

Five years and, hopefully, counting. The noteworthy Double Exposure/Investigative Film Festival is thriving as co-directors Diana Jean Schemo and Sky Sitney and the nonprofit investigation news organization 100Reporters continue their excellent film festival that premiered in the fall of 2015 … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Top 10 Films of 2019

As I did last year, I offer, in my 2019 Top 10 list,* below, my 5 favorite fiction films and 5 favorite documentaries, in alphabetical order. I pull these from the 2 separate lists I already published at Hammer to … Continue reading

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Hannah Tran’s Top 10 Films of 2019

Top ten lists are strange. It seems futile to sort and order films so different in scope and subject into a single list, and yet here we are. But while the films listed below may vary in terms of story … Continue reading

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Patrick Howard’s Top 10 Films of 2019

2019 has been a continuing year of great diversity in front of and behind the camera. In no way is the issue of diversity solved for good, but it’s a delight to see great films on this list like Jojo Rabbit and The … Continue reading

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Matt Patti’s Top 10 Films of 2019

I didn’t see as many films as I’d have liked to this year, and surely haven’t seen as many as the other critics on this site, so my list will probably look quite different than most of theirs. For me, … Continue reading

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Interview with “For Sama” Directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, Plus Hamza al-Kateab

After a brief theatrical run, the new documentary For Sama (which I recently reviewed) receives its broadcast premiere today (November 19, 2019) on PBS’ Frontline. The film tells the story of how Waad al-Kateab and her husband Hamza, a doctor, lived … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Top 10 Docs from DOC NYC 2019

DOC NYC winds its 10th year down today, after starting on November 6. The largest documentary festival in the United States, DOC NYC once more offered over 300 films and events, including 28 world premieres and 27 U.S. premieres (mostly features, … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Favorites from 2019 Middleburg Film Festival

For the fourth year in a row, I attended the Middleburg Film Festival (founded in 2013), which ran this time October 17-20, in its seventh iteration. Middleburg, Virginia, just about an hour from our nation’s capital, was as lovely as … Continue reading

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Interview with Director R.J. Daniel Hanna of “Miss Virginia”

I was recently delighted to sit down with director R.J. Daniel Hanna, whose inspirational debut film, Miss Virginia (which I also reviewed), is out on digital and on-demand and in select theatres on October 18th. Miss Virginia stars Orange Is the New … Continue reading

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