Despite a rather anemic year at the box office (a handful of superhero blockbusters to the contrary), the price of a movie ticket keeps climbing. And does not even include the extra coin that audiences must pay to see films in 3D or Imax formats. Moviegoers are being forced to shell out more for tickets than ever before. While ticket prices top $11 in New York and Los Angeles, the average cost at multiplexes around the country is a record $8.12. With more theaters cutting back on senior and student discounts and matinee prices, the cost to go to a film is nearly double the cost of downloading or watching a film in the VOD format in the comfort of one’s own home. That is not a good trend for movie theaters which may move into retrenchment mode in the years ahead.
First-time director Maya Forbes uses her life story to craft a poignant tale of growing up with a manic depressive, father in Boston. Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) delivers an Oscar-quality performance as Cam Stuart, the “polar bear”-a child’s way of saying … Continue reading
Under the Dome is a film by Chinese journalist Chai Jing that focuses on China’s flawed environmental regulations and the devastating effect its having on the nation’s people. What makes this film so powerful is it was released in Communist … Continue reading
It takes a New York native and NYU Film School graduate to capture the marginalized world of two black transgender prostitutes (“trannies”) living on the seedy streets of Los Angeles. Sean Baker, who directed and co-wrote this authentic tale, shot … Continue reading