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  • Opening Theatrically Today: “The Sunshine Makers,” About Two Men Who Thought They Could Save The World By Dosing It With LSD

    Opening Theatrically Today: “The Sunshine Makers,” About Two Men Who Thought They Could Save The World By Dosing It With LSD

    January 20, 2016 —People have had ideas about how to save the world, but the one that Nick Sand and Tim Scully came up with was definitely original.Back in the 1960s, they decided that they were going to produce enough LSD so that everyone could “expand their consciousness.” To this end they planned to create 750 million doses of the hallucinogenic drug. And expanding everyone’s consciousness was, of course, exactly what the world needed.Tim Scully was so convinced in the […]

  • “My Father Die” Opens Theatrically Today

    “My Father Die” Opens Theatrically Today

    January 20, 2017 — Sean Brosnan’s eagerly anticipated directorial debut, My Father Die, opens theatrically today.The action/drama/horror film has a Southern Gothic soul and a tough and violent heart. Praise has been pouring in since the film’s debut at SXSW.  Consequence of Sound says: “The final 30 minutes of My Father, Die do exactly what a great horror movie is supposed to: it makes you wonder just how in the f*** our heroes are going to escape from this.”Variety said the film is a “thematically simple, […]

  • The Daily Beast Calls “The Sunshine Makers” “…The Rare Documentary To Function As Time Capsule, Philosophical Inquiry, And Rollicking Thriller All At Once”

    The Daily Beast Calls “The Sunshine Makers” “…The Rare Documentary To Function As Time Capsule, Philosophical Inquiry, And Rollicking Thriller All At Once”

    December 8, 2016 — It is entirely possible that Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully really believed that they could save the world through the production and dissemination of the mind-altering drug LSD.It might be hard to credit that as coherent thought now, but the 1960s and 1970s were a different time.While living at Timothy Leary’s Milbrook estate, Sands claims he decided that the distribution of as much LSD as possible would greatly benefit the human race by expanding everyone’s consciousness. And after meeting […]

  • Sean Brosnan’s Eagerly Anticipated Directorial Debut, “My Father Die” Opens Theatrically Tomorrow

    Sean Brosnan’s Eagerly Anticipated Directorial Debut, “My Father Die” Opens Theatrically Tomorrow

    January 19, 2016 — Southern Gothic just got a little more extreme.Variety  said of My Father Die, “Sean Brosnan‘s accomplished feature debut is a primal bayou-country revenge tale bordering on horror.The swamp-thing progeny of Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Night of the Hunter (with a little Cape Fear thrown in), “My Father Die” offers blood-and-thunder Southern-gothic excess both tempered and heightened by vivid directorial texturing. ““…this is a bold and talented debut, all the more impressive for transcending (while embracing) some […]

  • Did Marilyn Monroe Commit Suicide, Or Was She Murdered?

    Did Marilyn Monroe Commit Suicide, Or Was She Murdered?

    January 18, 2017 —  She was the ultimate blonde bombshell, the reigning sex symbol of the late 1940s and 1950s and one of America’s great cultural icons.Despite the fact that her career as a movie star lasted slightly more than a decade, Marilyn Monroe is listed as the 6th greatest female movie star of all time by the American Film Institute.When she died at the age of 36, in 1962, it was claimed that her death was from an overdose of barbiturates […]

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  • Acclaimed Documentary “Silicon Cowboys” Available On DVD

    Acclaimed Documentary “Silicon Cowboys” Available On DVD

    January 18, 2017 — The acclaimed documentary Silicon Cowboys is available on DVD and Blu-ray.The film chronicles a time when most people did not have personal computers — and when a portable computer was the size of a medium-sized suitcase. During those early days, there was one computer giant — IBM — and every other computer company was a pipsqueak. But three men, Rod Canion, Bill Murto and Jim Harris, decided to take on the giant, and nearly succeeded in besting it. Their […]

  • “Cub” Will Remind You Of Things That Frightened You When You Were Young — And Still Do

    “Cub” Will Remind You Of Things That Frightened You When You Were Young — And Still Do

    January 17, 2017 —  Cub is modern, grisly horror set in a traditional horror film location.Sam is a 12-year old Boy Scout whose troop members tend to bully and abuse him. The troop and their adult supervisors set up camp in woods that are rumored to house a killer werewolf. Shortly after hearing this story, Sam runs into an apparently feral boy he believes to be a werewolf and he goes back to the campsite to warn the others.They, of course, ignore […]

  • Eugene Cernan, The Last Man To Set Foot On The Moon, Has Died

    Eugene Cernan, The Last Man To Set Foot On The Moon, Has Died

    January 17, 2017 — On December 13, 1972, Eugene Cernan, the Commander of Apollo 17, left the surface of the Moon and climbed back into the lunar space module after more than 7 hours on the Moon’s surface. He was the last member of the Apollo 17 crew to step off the moon. No one has set foot on the moon in all of the years that have passed. Cernan is, to this point, the last man on the Moon.As he got ready […]

  • “My Guardian Angel” Is British Horror At Its Best

    “My Guardian Angel” Is British Horror At Its Best

    January 16, 2017  — Life has been hard on Hannah.Her twin sister Angel died; Hannah is autistic, her parents are abusive and she thinks they may actually kill her.She is not even permitted to grieve for her lost sister.She is locked, by fear, her autism, her situation.Suddenly she starts to hear a voice — but she isn’t sure if it is from inside her head, or from somewhere else, somewhere not of this world. And as this begins, she starts […]

  • The Critics Agree That “My Father Die” Is A Stunning Debut For Director Sean Brosnan

    The Critics Agree That “My Father Die” Is A Stunning Debut For Director Sean Brosnan

    January 16, 2017 — Very few directorial debuts are met with reviews this remarkable. But My Father Die, directed by Sean Brosnan, is the exception. The multiple award-winning film was a hit throughout the festival circuit.“My Father, Die is a hard hitting southern gothic tale of a revenge gone wrong. It’s the debut feature of Sean Brosnan (son of Pierce Brosnan) and is as beautifully photographed, and shot, as it is relentlessly brutal. …My Father, Die is an accomplished debut, as well as being […]

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  • At The Dawn Of The Drug Culture, Two Men Believed That If Everyone Got High, The World Would Be A Better Place

    At The Dawn Of The Drug Culture, Two Men Believed That If Everyone Got High, The World Would Be A Better Place

    January 13 2017 — The 1960s and early ’70s were just different. Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully thought they would help save the world through the creation and dissemination of LSD. Lots of LSD.Millions of tabs of LSD.The belief that the drug LSD expanded the consciousness led them to feel that the more people who used it, the better off the entire world would be. Scully was the scientist, Sand was the salesman. They made the large-scale production of LSD their goal. And not only […]

  • “The Bullet Collector” Is A Moody, Tough Examination Of The Troubled Life Of A 14-Year Old Outsider

    “The Bullet Collector” Is A Moody, Tough Examination Of The Troubled Life Of A 14-Year Old Outsider

    January 12, 2017 —  Bullet Collector is about a 14-year old boy who tries to imagine his way out of the terrible life that he leads.He is bullied in school, seriously mistreated by his step-father. He is a true outsider, frequently attacked, never included.He begins to create the world he wants to lead in his head, a world where he is the tough guy, the instigator of violence, the one who comes out on top. But his life is becoming a […]

  • Opening Theatrically Tomorrow — “Reset,” Which Documents The Intimate Creation Of A Work Of Art

    Opening Theatrically Tomorrow — “Reset,” Which Documents The Intimate Creation Of A Work Of Art

    January 12, 2017 — Reset documents the creation of the ballet “Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward,” an intricate, abstract and inventive ballet, choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, who had been named Artistic Director of the Paris Opera Ballet, the oldest ballet company in the world. The piece would be  shown at the company’s first fund-raising gala after the appointment of Millepied, who was expected to infuse the highly-respected but staid company with a fresh new perspective. The ballet is a beautiful, fluid creation, a triumph […]

  • The Life Of This Perfect Cowboy Is Full Of Secrets

    The Life Of This Perfect Cowboy Is Full Of Secrets

    January 11, 2017 — Jimmy Poole has been having a rough time.The hard-drinking cowboy has just gotten out of jail. But returning home is not what he expected.  Poole’s partner, Tyler, has been doing fine while he has been away, as has the country-western band the two had been running before Poole’s incarceration.In fact, Tyler’s son, whom the two have raised together, has taken over Poole’s place fronting the band, and is proving to be a better performer than Poole ever […]

  • The “Masterpiece Theatre” Mini-Series “Casanova” Boasts A Stellar Cast And A Lavish Production

    The “Masterpiece Theatre” Mini-Series “Casanova” Boasts A Stellar Cast And A Lavish Production

    January 11, 2017 — It is difficult to think of Casanova as an old man.The image of the great lover that has come down through history is that of an accomplished and insatiable lover, a talented author, a man who escaped from prison, an alchemist, a man who met with England’s King George III and Catherine the Great of Russia, an intellect, a world traveller. But the idea of Casanova as an old man, with no money and in ill-health — but with […]

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  • The Creation Of Beauty Is At The Heart Of The Documentary “Reset”

    The Creation Of Beauty Is At The Heart Of The Documentary “Reset”

    January 10, 2017 — The Paris Opera Ballet (Opéra National de Paris) is the oldest national ballet company in the world and can trace its origins back to 1673. It is an institution in every sense of the word — many of the great ballet companies of the world have ties to it.In the world of the ballet, it is legendary. Its home, in the Palais Garnier, is one of the most acclaimed and beautiful theaters in the world, located on La Place de L’Opera, […]

  • “Combat Girls” Is A Shocking Portrayal Of Adolescent Neo-Nazis In Germany

    “Combat Girls” Is A Shocking Portrayal Of Adolescent Neo-Nazis In Germany

    January 9, 2017 — Combat Girls is a multiple award-winning drama about Marisa, a young German girl drawn to a neo-Nazi group that hates outsiders and urges violence against all non-Germans.Caught up in violence and despair, she and her xenophobic boyfriend attack some ethnic-looking passengers and a conductor on a bus. The boyfriend ends up in prison. Marisa continues to engage in violence against minorities and ends up hitting two Afghan immigrants with her car. One is injured and the other is deported. […]

  • The Creation Of Benjamin Millepied’s First Ballet For the Paris Opera Ballet Is Documented In The Beautiful “Reset”

    The Creation Of Benjamin Millepied’s First Ballet For the Paris Opera Ballet Is Documented In The Beautiful “Reset”

    January 9, 2017 — Benjamin Millepied is one of the most acclaimed choreographers and dancers alive. He studied at the famed School of American Ballet; he was mentored by legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins; he has choreographed for the City Ballet, the ABT, the Metropolitan Opera, among many others. He was given a commission to form the L.A. Dance Project; he was choreographer-in-residence at the Baryshnikov arts Center.His choreography for Darren Aronofsky’s movie Black Swan was highly praised; it was during the filming of the […]

  • In “Armed And Deadly” (AKA “Deadly Closure”) An Ex-G.I. Has To Fight A Terrorist And Her Murderous Brother At The Same Time

    In “Armed And Deadly” (AKA “Deadly Closure”) An Ex-G.I. Has To Fight A Terrorist And Her Murderous Brother At The Same Time

    January 6, 2017 — Janis Mackenzie’s life has not been easy.As a child she witnessed the murder of her parents by her brother Jamey (Ken Stellingwerf).He was convicted and put in prison, in part on her testimony at his trial.After that, in 1994, she went to Kuwait as a soldier. During an ambush Janis takes out all but one of the attackers, the leader Kadir. But she is badly injured in the fight and winds up in the hospital.Years later, while […]

  • “Truman,” A Deeply Moving And Beautifully Acted Film, Addresses End-Of-Life Issues With Humor, Compassion, Intelligence And Truth

    “Truman,” A Deeply Moving And Beautifully Acted Film, Addresses End-Of-Life Issues With Humor, Compassion, Intelligence And Truth

    January 6, 2017 — Truman is one of the most-acclaimed movies to come out of Spain and Argentina in decades.Director Cesc Gay’s  film has won 29 awards since its premiere in 2015, including 5 Goya Awards — the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars®. At the 30th Award ceremony the film was awarded Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.Julian (Ricardo Darín) is a reasonably successful actor living in Madrid. He gets a surprise visit from Tomas, a childhood friend with […]

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  • “‘Blood Punch’ Is An Audacious, Gruesomely Violent And Darkly Funny Thriller That Enjoys Messing With Its Viewers’ Minds” The Hollywood Reporter

    “‘Blood Punch’ Is An Audacious, Gruesomely Violent And Darkly Funny Thriller That Enjoys Messing With Its Viewers’ Minds” The Hollywood Reporter

    January 5, 2017 — Skyler, a sexy young girl who has been placed in a court-ordered rehab program, plans her escape. However, she does not intend to leave empty-handed.Before she skips, she recruits/seduces Milton, a young chemistry wizard, with the promise of a significant payday if he will cook up a huge batch of meth for her.Oh yeah, her boyfriend is part of the deal. She forgot to mention that.The trio travels to a remote cabin in the woods, intent upon their money-making […]

  • “Froning” Documents The Life Of The Man Who Has Been Named “The Fittest Man On Earth” Four Times

    “Froning” Documents The Life Of The Man Who Has Been Named “The Fittest Man On Earth” Four Times

    December 16, 2016 — Rich Froning is the face of CrossFit training.For those unfamiliar with the term CrossFit, their website defines it as  a series of regimens that “…reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life.” It is about intensity and power. Rich Froning has both intensity and power in abundance.Froning: The Fittest Man in History contends “In sports, legends appear once in a generation. They are athletes who not only change […]

  • Billy Graham’s Ministries Have Reached More Than 2 Billion People — See Why In “Gathering Of Souls: The Billy Graham Crusades”

    Billy Graham’s Ministries Have Reached More Than 2 Billion People — See Why In “Gathering Of Souls: The Billy Graham Crusades”

    January 4, 2017 — Billy Graham is probably the most well-known and influential evangelist of all time. His gatherings, which he has entitled “crusades,” have reached more than 200 million people worldwide.These meetings, which took place over a span of almost 60 years, were so massive that they needed to be held in sports arenas and outdoor venues. He would speak of his understanding and interpretation of the Gospels. Between his crusades, his radio programs and television broadcasts, it is estimated that […]

  • Cultured Vultures Says Of “My Father, Die” — “We’re Treated To Sean Brosnan’s Debut And Boy, Does It Not Pull Punches. In Fact, It Lands Every Jab, Cross, And Hook”

    Cultured Vultures Says Of “My Father, Die” — “We’re Treated To Sean Brosnan’s Debut And Boy, Does It Not Pull Punches. In Fact, It Lands Every Jab, Cross, And Hook”

    January 4, 2017 — My Father, Die, Sean Brosnan’s debut feature directorial effort, is a powerhouse effort, the sort of assured and stylistically unique film one does not expect from a first-time director.The eagerly-anticipated Southern Gothic Action/Drama (one could add horror to the mix) has gotten terrific reviews at festivals earlier this year. Brosnan (who also has a small part in the film) has created a work that is both stylistically assured and tough as nails.Variety called the film s “thematically simple, aesthetically complex revenge tale…this […]

  • “Vanishing Waves Is Just The Type Of Intelligent Film The Sci-Fi Genre Needs” — FilmSchoolRejects

    “Vanishing Waves Is Just The Type Of Intelligent Film The Sci-Fi Genre Needs” — FilmSchoolRejects

    January 3, 2016 — Vanishing Waves is a hallucinatory, erotic science fiction film that takes the protagonist — and the viewer — into the world of another person’s brain.Aurora is a comatose young girl with whom scientists hope to interact. She has not awoken since she nearly drowned. Now, however, there is a new technology which should allow one person to access another person’s thoughts. Lukas, a young researcher, accepts being the first to try out the technology.The sensory-deprivation tank is supposed to […]

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  • Sidney Lumet Remains One Of Film’s Greatest Directors

    Sidney Lumet Remains One Of Film’s Greatest Directors

    January 3, 2017 — 12 Angry Men. Fail-Safe. Serpico. The Pawnbroker. Dog Day Afternoon. Network. Murder on the Orient Express.They were all directed by Sidney Lumet. And that’s just the beginning of the list.Sidney Lumet was one of the most prolific and most acclaimed directors of all time.His films were nominated for 46 Academy Awards® and won 6. Considered an actor’s director, the great film actors loved working with him, and he directed most of the best: Henry Fonda, Marlon Brando, […]

  • Ebenezer Scrooge Attempts To Teach The Meaning Of Christmas To The Modern World In The Light-Hearted “Mr. Scrooge To See You”

    Ebenezer Scrooge Attempts To Teach The Meaning Of Christmas To The Modern World In The Light-Hearted “Mr. Scrooge To See You”

    December 23, 2016 — When Ebenezer Scrooge traveled through time with his three ghostly guides in the classic Charles Dickens’ story, A Christmas Carol, it changed his perspective on everything — especially Christmas.But, if he thought that was enough time travel for one Victorian man, he was apparently wrong — because one year later, Scrooge’s old business partner, Jacob Marley, returns, and he has another trip to send Scrooge on.This time Scrooge (David Ruprecht, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) […]

  • Acclaimed Documentary “The Bad Kids” Opens Theatrically Today

    Acclaimed Documentary “The Bad Kids” Opens Theatrically Today

    December 23, 2016 — Sometimes educators can make all the difference in a young person’s life.By the time kids arrive at  Black Rock Continuation High School, they have already been labelled as problems, and most of the teachers who have encountered them have written them off as incapable of performing in school. No one believes they can earn a high school diploma. Black Rock is where they are sent, to bide their time until they are legally allowed to leave school.These kids are from […]

  • “KJV: The Making Of The King James Bible” Takes You Inside The Creation Process Of The Most Widely Printed Book In History

    “KJV: The Making Of The King James Bible” Takes You Inside The Creation Process Of The Most Widely Printed Book In History

    December 22, 2016 — The creation of the King James version of the Bible is one of the great undertakings of both religion and literature.Begun in 1604 and finished in 1611, the King James Bible translated 39 books of the Old Testament, 4 Books of the Apocrypha and the 27 books of the New Testament into English. Two English versions had already been created, but the King James version is considered to be more beautiful and potentially more accurate than past efforts.47 scholars […]

  • The Award-Winning Documentary “The Bad Kids” Opens Theatrically Tomorrow

    The Award-Winning Documentary “The Bad Kids” Opens Theatrically Tomorrow

    December 22, 2016 — The acclaimed, award-winning documentary, The Bad Kids, about the efforts of a high school principal and her staff to turn around the lives of the troubled kids, opens theatrically tomorrow.Principal Vonda Viland, of Black Rock Continuation High School, deals on a daily basis with kids whose young lives have been affected by poverty, drug abuse, sexual abuse, teenage pregnancy, divorce, homelessness and parental drug issues. These are kids whose personal issues are overwhelming — and have destroyed their […]

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  • Take A Trip To Ephesus, And See Where Apostles Once Walked

    Take A Trip To Ephesus, And See Where Apostles Once Walked

    December 21, 2016 — Two experts on biblical Turkey, Dr. Andrew Jackson and Dr. Mark Wilson, serve as guides to a tour of Ephesus, a place of profound historical and religious importance.A combination history lesson, travelogue and discussion of religion, Exploring Ephesus, City of Apostles follows the two guides as they walk where the apostles once walked. The ruins of Ephesus, which once housed the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, are an archaeological treasure. This Greco-Roman […]

  • The Award-Winning Documentary “The Bad Kids” Is “…A Film Abounding In Warmth, Love And Empathy”

    The Award-Winning Documentary “The Bad Kids” Is “…A Film Abounding In Warmth, Love And Empathy”

    December 21, 2016 —  When the documentary The Bad Kids won the 2016 Special Jury Prize for Vérité Filmmaking, the jury called it “A film that artfully avoids cliches by taking us into overlooked world and illuminating not only the ugly reality but the humanity of the characters.”The film deals with a group of high school students growing up in an indigent area of the Mojave Desert. Their young lives have been affected by the difficulties that they have grown up with: […]

  • In “Lost Christmas,” Understanding What One Has Lost May Be The First Step On The Road Towards Healing

    In “Lost Christmas,” Understanding What One Has Lost May Be The First Step On The Road Towards Healing

    December 20, 2016 — How does a ten-year old deal with overwhelming guilt?Young Goose takes his father’s car keys in an attempt to keep him from going to work on Christmas. There is no way that the child could have foreseen the consequences — Goose’s mother will drive the father to work, and both will be killed in an accident. Goose is suddenly both guilt and grief-stricken.A year later, Goose’s dog, Mutt, goes missing. In looking for him, Goose meets […]

  • Here Are 9 Great Documentaries To Add To Your Collection

    Here Are 9 Great Documentaries To Add To Your Collection

    December 20, 2016 —  This is a must-have collection of great documentaries you will want to get for any film-lover on your holiday list — or as a treat for yourself:Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Alex Gibney interviews 8 people who have left the Church of Scientology to reveal the workings of the highly secretive and controversial church, and to show how far its members will go in the name of their religion. The acclaimed film won three […]

  • Spend “Christmas In The Clouds” For A Charming, Joyous Holiday

    Spend “Christmas In The Clouds” For A Charming, Joyous Holiday

    December 19, 2016 — It is rare that holiday cheer is actually this cheery.Christmas in the Clouds is a heart-warming romantic comedy set in a Utah ski resort that is owned and run by Native Americans. Joe Clouds on Fire (Sam Vlahos), the owner has been using an online dating service to connect with a woman; Tina Pisati (MariAna Tosca), whose last name is Little Hawk, is arriving to spend the holiday at the resort. The only problem is that when Joe described himself, […]

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  • A Dedicated Educator Teaches At-Risk Kids That They Have A Future In “The Bad Kids”

    A Dedicated Educator Teaches At-Risk Kids That They Have A Future In “The Bad Kids”

    December 19, 2016 — There are always kids who live their lives without a sense that anyone cares what happens to them.Kids from broken homes, in indigent areas, kids whose families are caught in a spiral of poverty, drug abuse, early pregnancies, homelessness, joblessness. Despair is all they have ever known.Kids who grow up in these kinds of situations often don’t believe that they have a chance of succeeding. They give up on themselves early.Unfortunately, many educators give up on them, too. They are […]

  • Get In A Christmas Mood With The Family-Pleasing “An All Dogs Christmas Carol”

    Get In A Christmas Mood With The Family-Pleasing “An All Dogs Christmas Carol”

    December 16, 2016 –With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time for family-friendly holiday movies.An All Dogs Christmas Carol is an animated retelling of the Charles Dickens classic holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol — but of course, in this version the main characters are all dogs. Voicing the characters are many of the actors from the original and extremely popular, All Dogs Go to Heaven television series: Ernest Borgnine (Marty, Another Harvest Moon); Steven Weber (Wings, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip); Dom […]

  • “Monster Hunt” Is A Movie With Something For Everyone

    “Monster Hunt” Is A Movie With Something For Everyone

    December 16, 2016 — Monster Hunt is the animated/live action charmer from China that combines an action adventure plot, martial arts and the most intriguing and adorable CGI monsters seen in movies so far — a real crowd-pleasing spectacle that captured hearts throughout China. It remains one of the top-grossing films in Chinese cinema history.It was directed by Raman Hui, who was the supervising animator and character designer on Shrek.In an extraordinary fantasy world, monsters and humans cannot seem to live […]

  • Enjoy A Holiday Gift From Two Of America’s Greatest Actors: “The Christmas Wife” Stars Jason Robards And Julie Harris

    Enjoy A Holiday Gift From Two Of America’s Greatest Actors: “The Christmas Wife” Stars Jason Robards And Julie Harris

    December 15, 2016 — Here is a Christmas movie that boasts a pair of acting greats: The Christmas Wife stars Jason Robards and Julie Harris.Robards was known for his stage performances of the plays of Eugene O’Neill, but he was also an accomplished film and television actor as well. In his career he won a Tony Award® (for The Disenchanted, in which he appeared with his father, Jason Robards, Sr.), two Academy Awards® (for Best Supporting Actor, in All the President’s Men […]

  • For The Binge-Watcher In All Of Us — 5 Great Television Series To Enjoy Again And Again

    For The Binge-Watcher In All Of Us — 5 Great Television Series To Enjoy Again And Again

    December 15, 2016 — Here are 7 great disc sets of television shows you remember loving — or missed the first time around.Bat Masterson. This fictionalized version of the real lawman’s life has charm, wit and humor. Gene Barry plays the beautifully dressed professional gambler who was also a scout, a fighter and lawman. Unlike today’s heroes, he would use violence only as a last resort, and was more likely to use his cane than a gun. This popular Western show ran […]

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  • “Elf Bowling” Is An Animated Retelling Of The Santa Claus Story, Which Involves Penguins And Hypnosis, Among Other Things

    “Elf Bowling” Is An Animated Retelling Of The Santa Claus Story, Which Involves Penguins And Hypnosis, Among Other Things

    December 14, 2016 — You might not be aware that the origin of the Santa Claus story contains penguins, pirates, kidnapping, hypnosis and, of course, elf bowling.But, apparently, it does.This animated Christmas tale is based on the immensely popular computer game “Elf Bowling.” It shows the early days of the Santa Claus story — how the elves and Santa Claus found one another — and how Santa’s dastardly brother, Dingle, kidnaps the elves and almost ruins Christmas — forever.A charming and […]

  • A Heartwarming Gift For Christmas — “Harry & Snowman” Is The Feel Good Movie Of The Year

    A Heartwarming Gift For Christmas — “Harry & Snowman” Is The Feel Good Movie Of The Year

    December 14, 2016 — t’s a story that’s so charming it feels like someone made it up. Harry deLeyer is a Dutch immigrant who grew up on a farm in Holland. During World War II, he and his family worked with the Resistance. After the war he emigrated to America, sponsored by a family whose son had died during the war, and who had been buried on the deLeyer property. He would get a job at a tony Long Island school teaching little girls […]

  • Nicole Kidman Was Only 15 When She Starred In “A Bush Christmas”

    Nicole Kidman Was Only 15 When She Starred In “A Bush Christmas”

    December 13, 2016 — Nicole Kidman first came to worldwide attention in 1989 with the thriller Dead Calm.Her next film, Days of Thunder, was a publicity bonanza. Not  only was the young redhead a striking beauty, but it was during the filming of the racing movie that she met and became involved with the star of the film, Tom Cruise. Their romance and marriage made her a publicity magnet and she has been an A-lister ever since. They would make two more […]

  • In “Landfill Harmonic,” An Impoverished Community Turns Trash Into Musical Instruments To Create A Children’s Orchestra

    In “Landfill Harmonic,” An Impoverished Community Turns Trash Into Musical Instruments To Create A Children’s Orchestra

    December 13, 2016 — This story is true, inspiring — and almost hard to believe.The people of Cateura, Paraguay, an area inhabited by thousands of people so impoverished that they sift through the huge landfill dumps to find things to sell in order to help support their families.A failed recycling plan brought Favio Chávez, an environmental engineer, to the area. once his project ended, he decided to stay and teach the local children music. But, in an are this poor, instruments were […]

  • The Stories Of Christian Heroes Come To Life In These Child-Friendly Animated Biographies

    The Stories Of Christian Heroes Come To Life In These Child-Friendly Animated Biographies

    December 12, 2016 — The Torchlighters is a series of animated biographies aimed at children, ages 8- 12, which is intended to introduce heroes from Christian history.This award-winning series shows children the stories behind the inspirational lives of those who dedicated themselves to the Christian faith.The stories are action-packed and designed to interest young Christians in their church history.The Torchlighters: The Robert Jermain Story tells the tale of a Welsh minister who decided to bring Christianity to the Korean people, […]

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  • An Educator Teaches Troubled Kids To Respect Themselves — A Difficult Lesson — In “The Bad Kids”

    An Educator Teaches Troubled Kids To Respect Themselves — A Difficult Lesson — In “The Bad Kids”

    December 12, 2016 — Some kids have lived their lives without a sense that anyone cares what happens to them.Often those kids come from families that are barely getting by. Kids from broken homes, in indigent areas, kids whose families are caught in a spiral of poverty, drug abuse, early pregnancies, homelessness, joblessness. Kids who grow up in these kinds of situations often don’t believe that they can succeed in a world that has always treated them roughly. They give up on themselves early.Unfortunately, […]

  • Get In The Holiday Spirit By Watching “Noel,” Starring Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, Robin Williams, Alan Arkin And Penelope Cruz

    Get In The Holiday Spirit By Watching “Noel,” Starring Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, Robin Williams, Alan Arkin And Penelope Cruz

    December 9, 2016 — Very few  holiday movies can boast an all-star cast  like this one. Noel is a charmingly sentimental, old-fashioned movie with a galaxy of stellar performances.The intertwined plot lines cover five stories which allow parts for the remarkable cast: Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon (Bull Durham, Thelma and Louise, Dead Man Walking), Oscar-winner Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin), Oscar-winner Alan Arkin (Escape from Sobibor, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming), Oscar-winner Penelope Cruz (Vanilla Sky, Nine, Volver), Paul […]

  • Happy 100th Birthday To Kirk Douglas

    Happy 100th Birthday To Kirk Douglas

    December 9, 2016 — There are few more illustrious — or longer — film careers than that of Kirk Douglas.In his first movie, the 1946 melodrama The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers, Douglas played a role that he would rarely take on again — a weak man who relies on his wife, played by a supremely self-assured Barbara Stanwyck — for his success. By the time of his second film he was already playing a more characteristic role — a tough guy gangster in the […]

  • “The Bedbug Bible Gang Christmas Show!” Is A Family-Friendly Way For Children To Learn The Story Of Christmas

    “The Bedbug Bible Gang Christmas Show!” Is A Family-Friendly Way For Children To Learn The Story Of Christmas

    December 8, 2016 — It’s that time of year, and the Bedbug Bible Gang is getting ready to put on a Christmas Show!It’s the biggest show of the year and there is so much to do, and so many stories to tell about Jesus’ birthday — including Mary’s Surprise, The Wise Men, and The Shepherds of Bethlehem.There will be singing and laughing and lots of fun, with 3D computer animation, drawings and illustrations and live action puppets This Dove Family-Friendly […]

  • “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans” Is The Story Of One Man’s Obsession

    “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans” Is The Story Of One Man’s Obsession

    December 8, 2016 — Steve McQueen was the “King of Cool.”36 years after his death, he still is.He was the top box office movie star for years but his great love was for speed, primarily in the form of racing cars and motorcycles. Insurers on his movies — The Great Escape and Bullitt, among others — wouldn’t let him film all of his racing stunts, but he fought each time to be the one who actually drove the car and jumped the […]

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  • In “The Christmas Bunny” A Troubled Young Girl And An Injured Rabbit Recover Together

    In “The Christmas Bunny” A Troubled Young Girl And An Injured Rabbit Recover Together

    December 7, 2016 — Julia Haggen is having a very tough time.The young girl has been traumatized by her uncaring and abusive mother. By the time she is put into foster care with Patti and Scott Cooper, she refuses to speak to anyone.Glum and troubled, Julia doesn’t start to open up until she finds an injured rabbit in the Cooper’s backyard.The Coopers are in financial difficulties, and the prospect of vet bills is out of the question. But a cranky […]

  • Noam Chomsky Argues That Income Inequality Is Destroying The American Dream

    Noam Chomsky Argues That Income Inequality Is Destroying The American Dream

    December 7, 2016 — Noam Chomsky is worried about income inequality.Recognized as one of the world’s great intellectuals, Chomsky has taught for  years at M.I.T. after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and doing his graduate work at Harvard. He has written over 100 books in numerous fields — linguistics, the media, politics, war and economics. He continues to do research to this day — he is 88 years old today — and remains one of the most-cited authors in academia.Early on he argued against […]

  • The Academy Awards® Documentary Shortlist Is Announced

    The Academy Awards® Documentary Shortlist Is Announced

    December 7, 2016 — The Academy Awards® have announced their documentary shortlist.In a year of highly acclaimed documentary films, the Academy narrowed the list to:“Cameraperson”“Command and Control”“The Eagle Huntress”“Fire at Sea”“Gleason”“Hooligan Sparrow”“I Am Not Your Negro”“The Ivory Game”“Life, Animated”“O.J.: Made in America”“13th”“Tower”“Weiner”“The Witness”“Zero Days”The five finalists will be announced on January 24, with the other Oscar® nominees.

  • FilmRise Acquires “Finding Oscar,” The Acclaimed Documentary About A Survivor Of One Of Guatemala’s Most Notorious Military Massacres

    FilmRise Acquires “Finding Oscar,” The Acclaimed Documentary About A Survivor Of One Of Guatemala’s Most Notorious Military Massacres

    December 6, 2016 — The Hollywood Reporter has announced that FilmRise has acquired the rights to Ryan Suffern’s documentary Finding Oscar.  The film is the first production from Kathleen Kennedy’s and Frank Marshall’s new documentary division. Steven Spielberg is on board as executive producer.34 years ago today, on December 6, 1982, a team of special forces raided the village of Dos Erres and began massacring the 250 residents in the village. A young boy named Oscar was spared and raised by […]

  • “For The Love Of Spock” Investigates Why The “Star Trek” Character Has Resonated So Strongly Through The Last 50 Years

    “For The Love Of Spock” Investigates Why The “Star Trek” Character Has Resonated So Strongly Through The Last 50 Years

    December 6, 2016 — The first regular episode (The Man Trap) of Star Trek: The Original Series aired on Thursday, September 8, 1966.The show would only last for three seasons (79 episodes). But it became a cult hit through reruns; it would develop a rabid and massive fan base which would spawn sequel series, massively popular big budget movies, toys, video games, merchandise, and books. Star Trek became one of the most popular franchises in film and television history.  One of the reasons for the show’s enduring […]

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  • It Wouldn’t Be Christmas Without Some Holiday Ghost Stories

    It Wouldn’t Be Christmas Without Some Holiday Ghost Stories

    December 5, 2016 —   The three most famous ghosts in literature are undoubtedly the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future from Charles Dickens’ masterpiece, A Christmas Carol.In fact, of the 5 Christmas stories Dickens would write throughout his career, 4 of them were ghost stories.An odd and unforeseen consequence of Dickens’ classic stories, however, is that ghost stories and Christmas have become linked.It’s a bit counterintuitive, this intermingling of Christmas cheer and scariness. But it is, by this […]

  • “Fanboy Nation” Says “…You Don’t Want To Miss Addicted To Fresno”

    “Fanboy Nation” Says “…You Don’t Want To Miss Addicted To Fresno”

    December 5, 2016 — Comedies can rarely boast a cast equal to the one in Addicted to Fresno.Judy Greer, (The Hebrew Hammer, Ant Man), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie, Orange Is the New Black), Ron Livingston (Swingers, The Time Traveler’s Wife), Aubrey Plaza (About Alex, Parks and Recreation), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live), Allison Tolman (Fargo) and Clea DuVall (American Horror Story) — combine their distinctive comic sensibilities in an off-kilter comedy you definitely have not seen before.Judy Greer (Shannon) and Natascha Lyonne (Martha) play sisters; Martha, the responsible […]

  • Fritz Lang’s “M” Is  Classic Film That Lives Up To Its Reputation

    Fritz Lang’s “M” Is Classic Film That Lives Up To Its Reputation

    December 2, 2016 — This is one of the truly great classics.Fritz Lang, who was one of the greatest and most original of the early film directors, considered this to be his masterpiece.The plot is chilling. Beckert, (who is played by the unique Peter Lorre, star of The Maltese Falcon, Beat the Devil, Secret Agent, My Favorite Brunette), is a serial killer who preys on small children. He is loose on the streets of Berlin. Anxious mothers wait for their children to […]

  • “White Girl,” Elizabeth Wood’s Scathing, Sexy And Emotional Directorial Debut, Is Available On DVD And Blu-Ray Today

    “White Girl,” Elizabeth Wood’s Scathing, Sexy And Emotional Directorial Debut, Is Available On DVD And Blu-Ray Today

    December 2, 2016 — Reviewer’s of director Elizabeth Wood’s White Girl got more than they expected.Glamour: “What makes this debut great is that the hazy rush of drug-addled scenes and sexual encounters runs on an undeniably strong political backbone of judicial injustice, gender dynamics, and racial profiling.  It’s a must see.”NME said of the film when it premiered, “When the trailer for White Girl landed in July, it was clear that when the full film arrives later this year, the Helen Lovejoys [from […]

  • “Quakers: That Of God In Everyone” Depicts The Untold Stories Of Men And Women Of Conscience And Belief

    “Quakers: That Of God In Everyone” Depicts The Untold Stories Of Men And Women Of Conscience And Belief

    December 1, 2016 — For quakers, following their beliefs has often put them at odds with the society they lived in.When America has gone to war, many quakers found themselves unable to fight, believing steadfastly in pacifism; some were imprisoned for their refusal to serve. But the Quaker ideals permitted them to perform countless hours of relief work and service.Believing in equality, they were among those who helped slaves escape before the Civil War; Quakers also provided classes to teach escaped […]

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  • Magnus Carlsen Wins World Chess Championship, Retains Title

    Magnus Carlsen Wins World Chess Championship, Retains Title

    December 1, 2016 — After weeks of matches that ended in draws, Magnus Carlsen soundly defeated Sergey Karjakin in the tiebreaker round of the World Chess Championship to retain his title.The games are considered to have been among the most outstanding ever seen in match play.Although the two fought to a draw in the regulation games, the high-speed tie-breaker matches showed Magnus Carlsen to be stronger and more creative.This was the youngest pair of grandmasters ever to face off against one […]

  • “The Greasy Strangler” Is Available Tomorrow On DVD And Blu-ray

    “The Greasy Strangler” Is Available Tomorrow On DVD And Blu-ray

    December 1, 2016 —The Greasy Strangler is still attracting controversy.Russ Fischer of The Playlist discussed the talents and tastes of Jim Hosking, the director and writer of The Greasy Strangler with IndieWire: “Cinema history is marked by the efforts of a few genuine provocateurs and many would-be shock purveyors. But based on his latest feature, director Jim Hosking (“The ABCs of Death 2”) may have precisely the knack to create the uncomfortable, even vile visions required to step out into the front rank of […]

  • “Hard Romanticker” Is A Striking, Violent And Stylish Japanese Gangster Film

    “Hard Romanticker” Is A Striking, Violent And Stylish Japanese Gangster Film

    November 30, 2017 — Hard Romanticker is a nihilistic gangster movie based on he semi-autobiographical novel by Su-yeon Gu, who wrote and directed the film.A cool and smoldering bleached blond Korean gangster leads a life of flash and casual violence in Shimonoseki, Japan. But when the grandmother of a rival gang member is killed, roles are reversed and he becomes the target, not the hunter. He struggles to stay alive, with gang members and police closing in.Stunningly violent and breathtakingly amoral, […]

  • Diana, Princess Of Wales, Remains One Of The Most Beloved Figures Of The 20th Century, Almost Two Decades After Her Death

    Diana, Princess Of Wales, Remains One Of The Most Beloved Figures Of The 20th Century, Almost Two Decades After Her Death

    November 30, 2016 — It is hard to believe that it is almost 20 years since Diana, Princess of Wales died. She was possibly the world’s most famous woman at the time of her death, and certainly one of the most photographed. She was also one of the most beloved.Marrying the Prince of Wales had brought her into the limelight, but her charity work, her beauty and style, her charisma and her ability to connect with people around the world made her […]

  • Christmas Is Around The Corner — Watch “All Through The House” For A Jolly, Gory, Blood-Soaked Holiday

    Christmas Is Around The Corner — Watch “All Through The House” For A Jolly, Gory, Blood-Soaked Holiday

    November 29, 2016 — Ho, ho, ho.When college student Rachel returns home for Christmas break, the most she expects to deal with are unpleasant relatives and dreary neighbors. But her holiday will take a much more serious turn when a psychopath dressed up as a creepy Santa (armed with hedge clippers) starts terrorizing the town.And this town has already had its share of terror. Years earlier, right around Christmas, a neighbor’s daughter disappeared and she has never been seen again.All […]

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  • FilmRise And CNN Announce The Acquisition Of “Now More Than Ever: The History Of Chicago,” A Musical Tribute To One Of Rock’s Most Popular Bands

    FilmRise And CNN Announce The Acquisition Of “Now More Than Ever: The History Of Chicago,” A Musical Tribute To One Of Rock’s Most Popular Bands

    November 11, 2016 — FilmRise and CNN have announced the acquisition of the music documentary Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago, about the 5 decade-long success story of the world famous rock band the Chicago Transit Authority, also known as Chicago. CNN will broadcast it for the first time on New Year’s Day, with limited commercial interruptions. FilmRise has acquired the worldwide distribution rights.The film was produced by the band. Peter Pardini directed and edited the film, which looks at the […]

  • Four Classic Comedies, Featuring Some Of Film’s Most Amusing Actors

    Four Classic Comedies, Featuring Some Of Film’s Most Amusing Actors

    November 28, 2016 — It feels like everyone could use a good laugh right around now. Or four.Here are four movies starring some of the world’s funniest actors. Easy Money (1983): To inherit his mother-in-law’s colossal fortune, a hard living gambling addict (Rodney Dangerfield, Caddyshack) must change his unhealthy ways before it gets the best of him. The supporting cast includes Joe Pesci, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Ewell and Jeffrey Jones. Billy Joel wrote the title song.Throw Momma from […]

  • Jackie Mason Has Been Making People Laugh For More Than Half A Century

    Jackie Mason Has Been Making People Laugh For More Than Half A Century

    November 28, 2016 — Very few comedians can boast that their careers have lasted more than 50 years.Jackie Mason can. Comedy Central has ranked him at #63 on their list of the 100 Greatest Stand-up Comedians. He has the record for the longest-running one man show of both Broadway and London’s West End.Find out what makes this comedian so unique with a collection of 5 of his greatest stand-up performances:The World According to Me, his first real Broadway show.Jackie Mason in Israel, […]

  • He Was One Of The Greatest Preachers Of His Time — “C.H. Spurgeon: The People’s Preacher” Tells The Story Of This Inspirational Pastor

    He Was One Of The Greatest Preachers Of His Time — “C.H. Spurgeon: The People’s Preacher” Tells The Story Of This Inspirational Pastor

    November 23, 2016 — He was known as “the Prince of Preachers,” or sometimes as “the people’s preacher.”Spurgeon would tell listeners that he was saved at a young age, and began preaching while still in his teens. It is said that those who heard him were spellbound by the quality of his oratory and the message that he imparted. His popularity was so great that a larger venue had to be built to contain all of the people who came to […]

  • David Oyelowo And Dianne Wiest Face Off With One Another In The Emotionally Resonant Drama “Five Nights In Maine,” Now Available On DVD And Blu-Ray

    David Oyelowo And Dianne Wiest Face Off With One Another In The Emotionally Resonant Drama “Five Nights In Maine,” Now Available On DVD And Blu-Ray

    November 23, 2016 — The Special Director’s Edition of Five Nights in Maine, Maris Curran’s knockout feature directorial debut, is available on DVD and Blu-ray.The cast is a director’s dream:  David Oyelowo (Selma) plays Sherwin, a new widower, whose grief propels him to make the acquaintance of his mother-in-law, Lucinda (2-time Academy Award®-winner Dianne Wiest, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Bird Cage). The past estrangement of Lucinda and her daughter, Sherwin’s wife, means that Sherwin had never met this imperious, angry and cancer-stricken woman. Lucinda is […]

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  • The Award-Winning Documentary “Harry & Sowman” Is Available Today On Blu-ray And DVD

    The Award-Winning Documentary “Harry & Sowman” Is Available Today On Blu-ray And DVD

    November 22, 2016 — This is a movie with a true Hollywood ending, a Cinderella story in which the Cinderella character was actually a horse, a heart-warming, disarming and tear-jerking tale that feels too good to be true.But it is.Harry & Snowman tells the story of Harry deLeyer, a Dutch immigrant who came to this country after World War II. His family had worked in the Dutch underground, hiding Jews at their farm and helping them escape the Nazis. A family whose son was shot down in […]

  • When The Antichrist Gets Kidnapped, There Is Hell To Pay

    When The Antichrist Gets Kidnapped, There Is Hell To Pay

    November 22, 2016 — You should really think twice before you kidnap the antichrist. He won’t like it.Four prostitutes break into the home of their pimp on the night when a drug deal is supposed to happen. But things do not go as planned and the women find themselves hiding out in the woods, with the antichrist as their captive. That is the start of a very bad night.Soon he is getting in their heads and persuading them to go after […]

  • “The Witness” Is One Of The Best Documentaries Of The Year

    “The Witness” Is One Of The Best Documentaries Of The Year

    November 22, 2016 — The Witness — which documents Bill Genovese’s efforts to understand the infamous murder of his sister, Kitty Genovese — is one of the most-acclaimed documentaries of the year.The Washington Post praised the film ahead of its opening at the Angelika Theatre in Washington D.C.:” Her [Kitty Genovese’s] shocking murder became the stuff of legend. But everyone got the story wrong.High-profile assassinations aside, Kitty Genovese’s murder is one of the most famous in modern American history. Her nightmarish final half-hour has […]

  • “Animals” Transports You To The World Of A 17-Year Old Student And His Remarkable Teddy Bear, Deerhoof

    “Animals” Transports You To The World Of A 17-Year Old Student And His Remarkable Teddy Bear, Deerhoof

    November 18, 2016 — An intense combination of fantasy, reality and psychological puzzle wrapped in a coming-of-age story — Animals is nothing you have seen before.Pol, a high school student, is constantly being pushed by his brother to grow up. For one thing, Pol has a curious best-friend — his teddy bear Deerhoof, who plays the drums, speaks English and has a large assortment of opinions. 17-year old Pol is happy in his company until the mysterious Icari shows up at school. Suddenly Pol […]

  • The Acclaimed Documentary “Magnus” Opens Theatrically Today

    The Acclaimed Documentary “Magnus” Opens Theatrically Today

    November 18, 2016 — Magnus, the acclaimed documentary about the 25-year old chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, opens theatrically today.As a child, Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen was an acknowledged chess prodigy; he was (and is) considered to have a unique combination of ability, phenomenal memory and extraordinary creativity. He became a Grandmaster at the age of 13, the third youngest in history. In 2010, at the age of 19, he became the youngest chess player to be ranked No. 1 by the […]

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  • John Wesley, The Father Of Methodism, Preached To The Poor And Downtrodden

    John Wesley, The Father Of Methodism, Preached To The Poor And Downtrodden

    November 17, 2016 — Based in part on the actual journals of the real John Wesley, Wesley, A Heart Transformed Can Change the World tells the story of the 18th century minister John Wesley. His early search for peace appears to be heading nowhere. He is consumed with bitterness and angst and does not know where to turn — until he experiences “saving grace” and begins to see his path in the world.His sermons about the experience of “saving grace” become increasingly […]

  • “Magnus” Documents A Genius

    “Magnus” Documents A Genius

    November 17, 2016 — Benjaim Ree’s acclaimed documentary Magnus makes use of large amounts of family film footage to create an in-depth look at a genius.Magnus follows the career and successes of Magnus Carlsen, the 25-year old World Champion chess master. Director Benjamin Ree amassed over 500 hours of footage on the inscrutable, brilliant, bewildering and unique young man whom many consider to be the greatest chess player of all time. The film premiered at the prestigious TriBeCa festival in New York. Reviews have […]

  • Fred Dinenage Explains The Murders That Fascinated The World In The 20th Century

    Fred Dinenage Explains The Murders That Fascinated The World In The 20th Century

    November 16, 2016 — It would undoubtedly be wrong to say that Fred Dinenage enjoys murder, but he does seem fascinated by it.In fact he is an expert on crime and murder, having studied it and reported on it for 50+ years as an announcer, presenter and co-anchor of various programsHe was the ghostwriter on two autobiographies for the Kray twins, the infamous London gangsters and organized crime lords who worked out of London’s East End in the 1950s and 1960s. He […]

  • “Chess Has Never Been So Engrossing, Mesmerising Or Entertaining. Benjamin Ree’s Film…Is An Absolute Must” Paul Heath, “The Hollywood News”

    “Chess Has Never Been So Engrossing, Mesmerising Or Entertaining. Benjamin Ree’s Film…Is An Absolute Must” Paul Heath, “The Hollywood News”

    November 16, 2016 — From November 11 through November 30, the world chess federation is sponsoring the World Chess Championship 2016. Reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Sergey Karjakin will compete for 12 games; the prize will be at least $1.1 million. The two players have competed against one another 21 times; Carlsen has won 4 games, Kajakin has won once and there have been 16 draws. In the case of a draw after 12 games, there will be four games of rapid […]

  • There Were People Behind Those Masks — Meet Some Of The Actors Who Played The Characters And Creatures In The Original “Star Wars” Movie

    There Were People Behind Those Masks — Meet Some Of The Actors Who Played The Characters And Creatures In The Original “Star Wars” Movie

    November 15, 2016 — Back in 1976, when a small science fiction movie was being filmed on the sound stages of Elstree Studios in England, no one working on the film had any idea that they were involved in the early days of a cultural phenomenon. The film, of course, was the original Star Wars movie; expectations for the movie were quite low.Star Wars is now an indelible part of our culture. Even people with no interest in science fiction are […]

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  • Franco Nero Stars In The Post-Apocalyptic “New Order”

    Franco Nero Stars In The Post-Apocalyptic “New Order”

    November 15, 2016 —  This is a nightmare scenario that feels only too real.In the near future (2033), most of the world’s population has died off from a virus, and those few who are left are infected.Two scientists have isolated five people in a secluded house where they intend to study them in the hopes of finding a cure to save the rest of the world.But one of the doctors succumbs quickly, leaving the other, Dr. Cornelius Morgen (Franco Nero, Camelot, […]

  • The 4-Part British Anthology “Run” Is A Character Study Of Lives Defined By Poverty And Despair

    The 4-Part British Anthology “Run” Is A Character Study Of Lives Defined By Poverty And Despair

    November 14, 2016 — Run is a gritty, hard-hitting 4-part British mini-series about life in a council house estate (government-run projects) in a depressed area of a British city.The stories are loosely linked; each one hour episode focuses on the issues confronting one of the characters, all of whom have to navigate in a world that offers them little hope of relief from poverty, fear, addiction and exhaustion.Episode 1: Carol, (Olivia Colman), is a single parent of two sons who are growing […]

  • Magnus Carlsen Is, Arguably, The Greatest Chess Player Who Ever Lived

    Magnus Carlsen Is, Arguably, The Greatest Chess Player Who Ever Lived

    November 14, 2016 — Magnus tells the story of Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian World Champion Chess Master, who is currently defending his title against Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin in the World Chess Championship being held in New York City.As a child, Magnus was remote and withdrawn; while trying to deal with his emotional issues his parents came to the realization that their son was remarkable at math and numbers. Hoping to find something that his son would enjoy and be good at, […]

  • For Veteran’s Day, A Look At War From The Viewpoint Of Those Who Were There

    For Veteran’s Day, A Look At War From The Viewpoint Of Those Who Were There

    November 11, 2016 — 98 years ago today, at 11 AM (Paris time), the ceasefire that ended the fighting on the Western Front of World War I began. It ended one of the most grueling and devastating conflicts the world had ever endured.In America (and in numerous countries around the world) Veterans Day is celebrated on the anniversary of that ceasefire. It honors all of the men and women who served in the armed forces.It was barely 20 years later […]

  • “National Bird,” Sonia Kennebeck’s Stunning Documentary Exposé Of Drone Warfare, Opens Today

    “National Bird,” Sonia Kennebeck’s Stunning Documentary Exposé Of Drone Warfare, Opens Today

    November 11, 2016 — Critics agree — National Bird is an important and fascinating film.An exposé of America’s continuing drone war, primarily told by three veterans who were involved with the project, director Sonia Kennebeck’s National Bird is both heartbreaking and maddening.Ron Wilkinson, of Monsters and Critics, states: “This thoroughly researched film, directed by Sonia Kennebeck and produced by documentary legends Wim Wenders and Errol Morris, looks deep inside the drone establishment. Never before have we seen the inner workings of […]

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  • The World Chess Championship Starts Tomorrow — Magnus Carlsen Defends His Title Against Sergey Karjakin

    The World Chess Championship Starts Tomorrow — Magnus Carlsen Defends His Title Against Sergey Karjakin

    November 10, 2016 — Tomorrow is the opening of the FIDE (The Fédération Internationale des Échecs) World Chess Championship. It will run from November 11-30. The matches will be held in the Fulton Market Building at the South Street Seaport in New York City. It will determine the chess world’s World Champion.Magnus Carlsen (Norway), the current World Champion, will defend his title against Sergey Karjakin (Russia). Karajkin had to win the Candidates Tournament in order to face off against Carlsen. The […]

  • The Acclaimed Documentary “National Bird” Opens Theatrically Tomorrow

    The Acclaimed Documentary “National Bird” Opens Theatrically Tomorrow

    November 10, 2016 — The Guardian praises National Bird, Sonia Kennebeck’s important documentary about the effects of drone warfare on both those caught in its sights and also on the men and women who have been part of the program.“This is a disturbing documentary which, through the testimonies of three courageous whistleblowers, sheds some daylight on the USA’s secret military drone programme. Directed by Sonia Kennebeck and executive-produced by Wim Wenders, National Bird weaves together the stories of the air force […]

  • “Wild Roses” Is A Sprawling Western Saga Set In Beautiful Calgary, Canada

    “Wild Roses” Is A Sprawling Western Saga Set In Beautiful Calgary, Canada

    November 9, 2016 — Two families of Canadian ranchers live next door to one another, and both families have claim to property that may have access to a large oil reserve.Maggie Henry is a widow with three daughters. She lives on and runs Rivercross Ranch. The property that Rivercross sits on used to belong to the McGregors, a family of wealthy oil developers, but the head of the McGregor family gave the property to Maggie before he died. Maggie’s daughters, Kate, Lucy and […]

  • See What All The Controversy Is About — “The Greasy Strangler” Is Now Available For Pre-Order On DVD And Blu-ray

    See What All The Controversy Is About — “The Greasy Strangler” Is Now Available For Pre-Order On DVD And Blu-ray

    November 8, 2016 — There is no question about it — The Greasy Strangler is not for everyone.But for those who enjoy it when their horror/thriller/comedy films contain lashings of repulsive humor, flatulence, vile characters and oily sex, The Greasy Strangler is finally available on DVD and Blu-ray for frequent at-home viewing.Paul Heath of The Hollywood News, wrote: “The Greasy Strangler review: The film which will split audiences the most at this year’s Sundance London, Jim Hosking’s feature is hilarious, disgusting […]

  • The Special Director’s Edition Of “Five Nights In Maine,” Starring David Oyelowo And Dianne Wiest, Is Available For Pre-Order

    The Special Director’s Edition Of “Five Nights In Maine,” Starring David Oyelowo And Dianne Wiest, Is Available For Pre-Order

    November 8, 2016 —  The Special Director’s Edition of Five Nights in Maine, Maris Curran’s stunning feature directorial debut, is available for pre-order.The movie’s stellar cast includes David Oyelowo (Selma) as Sherwin, a new widower, whose grief propels him to make the acquaintance of his mother-in-law Lucinda (2-time Academy Award®-winner Dianne Wiest, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Bird Cage). Lucinda and her daughter — Sherwin’s wife — were estranged and Sherwin had never met this imperious, angry and cancer-stricken woman, who expected to […]

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  • “David Suchet: In The Footsteps Of St. Peter” Goes In Search Of Answers About One Of The Bible’s Greatest Mysteries

    “David Suchet: In The Footsteps Of St. Peter” Goes In Search Of Answers About One Of The Bible’s Greatest Mysteries

    The life of St. Peter is filled with mysteries.November 7, 2016 — Playing the world-famous detective, Hercule Poirot, for Masterpiece Mystery on PBS, beloved actor David Suchet got to solve many mysteries. Still, there are mysteries too deep and difficult for even the fussy Belgian detective with the little grey cells. Nonetheless, David Suchet sets up as a different kind of detective, and tries to solve a different kind of mystery.  He attempts to understand and explore one of the great mysteries of the […]

  • “How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town” Is A Classic Sex Farce

    “How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town” Is A Classic Sex Farce

    November 4, 2016 — When Cassie (Jewel Staite, Stargate: Atlantis, Firefly) left her small hometown, it was under a bit of a cloud.She had made an attempt — an unsuccessful attempt — to lose her virginity, an event which, to her absolute embarrassment, became public knowledge. The locals slut-shamed her until she knew she had to leave town. And it was probably her intention never to return.She became a sex columnist, despite the serious disapproval of her mother. In her column, over the […]

  • When Mike Nichols Directed, Actors Gave Their Best Performances

    When Mike Nichols Directed, Actors Gave Their Best Performances

    November 4, 2016 —Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky was born in Berlin, Germany in 1931, to a Russian Jewish immigrant father and a German Jewish mother. In 1939, as the German government started to arrest Jews, he and his brother Robert were sent to America, where his father, Pavel Nikolaevich Peschkowsky, had emigrated. His mother would follow. Eventually the family would wind up in New York, where the father would establish a medical practice.The father would change his name to Paul Nichols. His son would change […]

  • In “Seeing Heaven,” A Gay Escort’s Erotic Visions May Hold A Key To His Brother’s Disappearance

    In “Seeing Heaven,” A Gay Escort’s Erotic Visions May Hold A Key To His Brother’s Disappearance

    November 3, 2016 — Paul is a handsome gay escort and porn star who has baffling visions of his long-lost twin each time he has sex.As the images build in intensity and terror, his bewildered clients begin to share the experience. And as his visions evolve, they start to focus on a frightening masked stranger who seems to have far too much interest in him.Atmospheric and psychologically challenging, Seeing Heaven is a mystery with a moody, morbid and blatantly sexy edge.Rising star […]

  • “Variety” Calls “4th Man Out” A “…Sleeper Delight…Thoroughly Ingratiating, Touchingly Heartfelt Comedy”

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