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Chris Reed’s AFI DOCS 2017 Top Five

[NOTE: My Film Festival Today colleague Jay Berg will soon post his own Top 5 list, complete with a more detailed history of the festival] The American Film Institute (AFI) exists, as its website proclaims, “to train filmmakers and preserve … Continue reading

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Film Review: Though Entertaining, “The Hero” Never Quite Escapes Its Clichés

The Hero (Brett Haley, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. A pleasant enough diversion, The Hero – starring Sam Elliott (Grandma) as Lee Hayden, an aging star of Westerns – nevertheless sinks into a mire of clichés from which it never … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Book of Henry” Is But Glossy Contrivance

The Book of Henry (Colin Trevorrow, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. To be brief: there is nothing wrong with The Book of Henry that a good script could not fix. Given what we have, however, courtesy of screenwriter Gregg … Continue reading

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Film Review: “My Cousin Rachel” Mesmerizes and Bores, in Almost Equal Measure

My Cousin Rachel (Roger Michell, 2017) 2½ stars out of 4. As a big fan of writer Daphne du Maurier, I find it odd that I often find gothic screen romances less than compelling, since that is one of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Who’s Your “Mummy” Now? Who Cares …

The Mummy (Alex Kurtzman, 2017) ½ star out of 4. There have certainly been worse films than The Mummy to come out of the Hollywood system, yet even in a year that saw the release of the dismal The Fate … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Wonder Woman” Kicks Ass, Flaws and All

Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. There is much to recommend in Wonder Woman, the latest (but hardly the last) entry in the DC Comics cineverse. Given the recent dismal output from this particular franchise – … Continue reading

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Film Review: Set Your Sites Low, and “Baywatch” Mostly Entertains

Baywatch (Seth Gordon, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. The original Baywatch television series ran on NBC for just one season, 1989-1990, before the network cancelled it. Its star, David Hasselhof (previously known for Knight Rider), refused to accept no … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Android’s the Thing, in “Alien: Covenant,” for Better and for Worse

Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. The original Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) masterfully blended science fiction and horror, taking the conventions of monster movies and setting them on a lonely spacecraft in a galaxy far, far … Continue reading

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Agnieszka Holland and Barry Levinson Help the Washington Jewish Film Festival Celebrate 27 Years

Founded in 1990, the Washington Jewish Film Festival prepares to run its 27th iteration this year, beginning on May 17 and running through May 28. A project of the Edlavitch DCJCC, the festival brings a variety of different kinds of … Continue reading

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Charmed: The Maryland Film Festival Brings the World of Cinema to Baltimore

The Maryland Film Festival (MdFF), founded in 1999 by Festival Director Jed Dietz, just ran its 2017 iteration May 3-7, in Baltimore. With 11 blocks of short films – including the traditional opening-night program of five – plus 34 features, the … Continue reading

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