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When a Visual Story is More Rewarding Than Its Synopsis

Although it was obviously a cataclysmic tragedy, World War II has had many a kitschy film treatment (e.g. Indiana Jones, Inglourious Basterds) among the melodramas and earnest soldier stories.  Meanwhile, without the histrionic evil of the Axis, Worl …Read more



'Angels Only Wear White' is a Film That Lingers

In Angels Only Wear White, a teenage girl walks under a statue of Marilyn Monroe in her iconic pose, bare legs, uplifted white dress.  Tourists bunch up around her legs, eager to have their photos taken, crowding these girls out. By the film’s unhapp …Read more


Stanley Kubrick's Unsung Assistant Finally Tells His Story

While preparing to make a documentary about Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, Tony Zierra (My Big Break) became increasingly drawn to an integral part of Kubrick’s narrative, his longtime unsung assistant. Putting aside his original documentary premi …Read more


Rachel McAdams Gives a Career Best Performance in Queer Romance 'Disobedience'

Director Sebastián Lelio is no stranger to the tension that exists between cultural tradition and sexuality. His previous film, the Oscar-winning A Fantastic Woman, followed Marina (Daniela Vega), a transgender waitress who is questioned after her lo …Read more



The Working Class as a Fuel to Create Cinema

The charm associated with Jean-Luc Godard’s early films like Breathless and Band of Outsiders turned into something more formally challenging in the political works he did after the failed revolution of 1968, several of the films he made during this …Read more


This Film Takes You Inside the Mind of Joaquin Phoenix's "Gun for Hire"

It’s been six long years since Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin shocked and terrified audiences. She may not direct many films but her skill is undeniably first rate and Ramsay films have become synonymous with psychological stunner and unf …Read more


She's Done 'Gypsy,' 'Sweeney,' and 'Follies,' What Sondheim "Mountain" Will Imelda Staunton Climb Next?

When Lady Sandra Abbott’s (Imelda Staunton) marriage of forty years falls apart, she finds new hope when her sister (Celia Imrie) takes her to a community dance class where she finds new friends, and even the potential for a new romance. Richard Lonc …Read more


The human double has long been in use by movies about making movies, from David Lynch’s ‘trilogy’ of Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire, to Bergman’s Persona, and Charlie Kaufman’s Adaptation. Within this category, movie-movies that are …Read more



In A Bag of Marbles two young brothers must flee their parents’ home in occupied France, to find safety in the free zone. Having never left their home alone before, they endure hardships and meet an assortment of characters along the way, all while m …Read more


In director Kaouther Ben Hania’s Beauty and the Dogs, a night of joy turns into a nightmare, when Mariam (Mariam Al Ferjani) is raped by police officers, while out on the town. Physically and emotionally battered, Mariam must also endure the ineffici …Read more


Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson’s ninth feature and second animated outing, gives us an embarrassment of visual riches. While his previous film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, seemed to represent an apex of the distinct Wes Anderson style, in Isle of Dogs, we …Read more


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