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I spoke to director Daniela Thomas on the phone as she took a tour of the Museum of African American History in Boston. The Brazilian filmmaker is in the States to promote her film Vazante, a harrowing work which deals with the lives of slave traders …Read more

At first glance Maysaloun Hamoud’s In Between has all the makings of an American sitcom, as three young Palestinian women from very different walks of life, end up sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv. But rather than sticking to convention, Hamoud’s ins …Read more

To be a fan of Michael Haneke is a peculiar, if not rare, condition. The Austrian auteur has been singled out for his cruelty as a director, both to his subjects on screen and to his viewers. So to be a fan is to embrace the pain he inflicts. But in …Read more

What started as a social media joke turned out to be a hilarious one-woman show by comedian Jimmy Fowlie. So Long Boulder City takes the few clues given in La La Land to create a wildly dynamic and hilarious backstory to the character, Mia Dolan. The …Read more

  If we’re to believe Leo Tolstoy, “every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” But is the family from Michael Haneke’s Happy End uniquely unhappy? Estrangement from the world and loved ones covered by the façade of bourgeois well being, is …Read more

The Pentagon Papers detailed a decade and a half of US presidents willfully continuing the Vietnam War, despite each successive administration believing it to be a defeatist failure. The New York Times were the first to print excerpts. Under Nixon, t …Read more

Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor (inspired by Danielle L. McGuire’s book At the Dark End of the Street) begins with the events of September 3rd, 1944 in Abbeville, Alabama, when Taylor, a 24-year-old black woman on her way home fro …Read more

I, Tonya is a fun movie, and it knows it. Telling the story of disgraced Olympian figure skater, Tonya Harding, who was (debatably) complicit in the attack of her teammate Nancy Kerrigan in 1994, the new movie is told in a style that savages the four …Read more

There is almost nothing one can say about The Passion of Joan of Arc that hasn’t been said before, and yet like with most timeless works of art, one can’t help but keep trying to put into words what can only be felt. C.T. Dreyer’s film is perhaps the …Read more

American theatre still has a long way to go when it comes to the preservation and dissemination of stage productions. While the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center has been archiving productions for decades, the tapes are meant to be merely for …Read more

Michael John LaChiusa’s complex, layered scores have always been cinematic. Perhaps because he has little regard for the notion that songs should follow a straight line from point A to point B, or perhaps because his melodies have the intensity of ea …Read more

  Whether playing an a cappella sensation on Glee, an aspiring actor in The Canyons, or a rock star in Bye Bye Birdie, Nolan Gerard Funk knows how to deliver the vocals and the star presence to go with them. In the film adaptation of Michael Joh …Read more

The popcorn was popping and all the West Side was abuzz when the red carpet was rolled out at Cinépolis Chelsea on November 6th, for the world premiere of Hello Again, the long-awaited SPEAKproductions film adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s celeb …Read more

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