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  • For President’s Day, Watch The Acclaimed Mini-Series “George Washington”

    For President’s Day, Watch The Acclaimed Mini-Series “George Washington”

    February 17, 2017 — It is the perfect time to binge-watch the acclaimed mini-series George Washington.It is an eight hour spectacle. It covers the life of the first American President from age 11 through age 51 when he returned to his home at Mount Vernon, having led his new country through the Revolution, having seen the new nation gain its hard-fought independence from England. Based on Washington: the Indispensable Man (1974) by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James Thomas Flexner, the mini-series, originally shown in […]

  • Powerful And Timely, The Award-Winning “From Nowhere” Opens Theatrically Today

    Powerful And Timely, The Award-Winning “From Nowhere” Opens Theatrically Today

    February 17, 2017 — The award-winning festival favorite film, From Nowhere, opens in theaters today.Chosen as a New York Times‘ Critics Pick, the devastating drama was the winner of the Narrative Spotlight audience award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The film also won the Audience award and the jury-awarded Special Mention prize at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival.Matthew Newton (Queen of the Damned) directed the drama which tells the story of three undocumented teenagers from the Bronx who need to get papers in […]

  • In “How To Be A Serial Killer,” The Teacher’s Pet Gets More Than He Bargained For

    In “How To Be A Serial Killer,” The Teacher’s Pet Gets More Than He Bargained For

    February 16, 2017 — You can find seminars on almost any subject these days. You just have to know where to look…Mike (Dameon Clarke, Dragon Ball Z) teaches a seminar called How to Be a Serial Killer, in which he teaches his students to “listen to the voices in your head,” and stop repressing the urges to go out and kill those who annoy you.He meets Bart (Matthew Gray Gubler, Criminal Minds, Band of Robbers),  a video store clerk, and recognizes a nascent serial killer […]

  • “From Nowhere” Identifies The Constant Fear Facing Three Undocumented Teens In Search Of Legal Status

    “From Nowhere” Identifies The Constant Fear Facing Three Undocumented Teens In Search Of Legal Status

    February 16, 2017 — This movie could not be more timely.From Nowhere tells the story of three high school students who are struggling with all of the same issues that trouble all teenagers, but these three have another issue which causes them great concern.The are illegal aliens. They know that at any time, should someone require documentation of them, they could end up deported back to countries they don’t know and have never spent any time in. These children are really […]

  • “The Forest For The Trees” Was The First Feature Film Directed By Academy Award® Nominee Maren Ade

    “The Forest For The Trees” Was The First Feature Film Directed By Academy Award® Nominee Maren Ade

    The Forest for the Trees was the first feature film written and directed by Maren Ade, and announced the advent of an exceptional and original talent.Ade’s latest film, Toni Erdmann, has been nominated for an Academy Award® this year for Best Foreign Language Film and has been lauded at the Cannes Film Festival –where it won the Fipresci Prize (and was nominated for the Palme d’Or) — at Toronto, by The New York Film Critics;  the film has collected a […]

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  • “From Nowhere” Tells The Story Of 3 Undocumented Teens Going To High School In America

    “From Nowhere” Tells The Story Of 3 Undocumented Teens Going To High School In America

    February 15, 2017 — The high school years are tough enough under normal circumstances. But what these young people face makes their circumstances even more difficult in the wrenching drama From Nowhere.This festival favorite describes the troubles that face three undocumented teens who are going to school in the Bronx. Their lives are precarious; they deal every day with the possibility that they could be deported. Their teacher (Julianne Nicholson) knows that the three students are illegal. Sophie comes from The Dominican Republic; […]

  • Lolo Is A Modern-Day Romance With A Caustic French Sensibility

    Lolo Is A Modern-Day Romance With A Caustic French Sensibility

    February 14, 2017 — It is Valentine’s Day, the perfect day for some French romance.Lolo is a romantic comedy with a modern soul. Directed by and starring the radiant Julie Delpy, Lolo envisions the a heartfelt love affair between Violette (Delpy) a Parisian sophisticate and single mother, and Jean-René (Dany Boon), a smalltown financial-software engineer. They have many things working against their relationship, and yet it looks like it will work  out. At least until Jean-René moves to Paris and meets Lolo, Violette’s spoiled […]

  • “National Bird,” The Highly Acclaimed Documentary, Is Available For Pre-Order On DVD And Blu-Ray

    “National Bird,” The Highly Acclaimed Documentary, Is Available For Pre-Order On DVD And Blu-Ray

    February 14, 2017 — National Bird, the powerful documentary by first time director Sonia Kennebeck, shows that there are consequences to even the “cleanest” forms of warfare.Drone warfare has often been cited as safe warfare for American soldiers who remain removed from the site of the bombings. But National Bird questions if any for of warm can ever be considered safe for those who take part in it.The LA Times praises the film:“Touted as her first feature documentary, “National Bird,” director Sonia Kennebeck […]

  • Revel In The Beauty Of Nighttime Hong Kong In The Charming Love Story “Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong”

    Revel In The Beauty Of Nighttime Hong Kong In The Charming Love Story “Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong”

    February 13, 2017 — Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong is a gorgeous stroll through Hong Kong in the company of two attractive young people who are on the verge of falling in love. Twice.And Hong Kong, in all of its neon splendor,  provides a perfect setting for a love story.Ruby and Josh meet by accident. She is in Hong Kong for a short trip and gets lost. Josh, who has been living in Hong Kong, offers to walk her to her destination. The […]

  • FilmRise Announces The Acquisition Of “Manifesto,” Starring Cate Blanchett As 13 Different Characters

    FilmRise Announces The Acquisition Of “Manifesto,” Starring Cate Blanchett As 13 Different Characters

    February 13, 2017 — FilmRise has acquired the North American rights to Manifesto, the film directed by Julian Rosefeldt, which stars Cate Blanchett as 13 separate characters, each of whom embodies a 20th century art movement.The film will be given a theatrical release in mid 2017. The film will also be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video later this year.Variety explains, “Manifesto puts 13 different characters on display, each of which are a physical representation of a single 20th century art movement, and are […]

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  • Love Stories Are Not One Size Fits All

    Love Stories Are Not One Size Fits All

    February 10, 2017 — Romance is supposed to be automatic. You meet, fall in love, and everything is roses and candlelight.But the truth is that romance is often not so easy.The people in The Cake Eaters are all going through difficult times and their relationships have to be worked out in the midst of emotional upheaval. The Cake Eaters was the directorial debut of Mary Stuart Masterson (Chances Are, Fried Green Tomatoes, Some Kind of Wonderful), who chose the family drama/love story as her […]

  • “Hank And Asha” Is A Perfect Valentine’s Day Treat

    “Hank And Asha” Is A Perfect Valentine’s Day Treat

    February 19, 2017 — As we close in on Valentine’s Day, it is time to watch some truly romantic movies. One of the best-received independent features of the past few years is the charming love story Hank and Asha.It concerns two young people who develop a relationship through video chatting. Hank is an outgoing, romantic filmmaker who lives in New York; Asha is a lovely young Indian girl studying in Prague. As their “correspondence” lengthens — and deepens — they seriously consider whether or […]

  • The Great Pyramids Are Endlessly Fascinating

    The Great Pyramids Are Endlessly Fascinating

    February 9, 2017 — As winter plunges us into short days and colder temperatures, it becomes very tempting to cuddle up under a blanket, turn on the television and veg out.But why not watch something that is actually interesting (even if it us educational)? The Pyramid Code, an intensely researched exploration of Egypt’s great structures, examines the existence, construction and reason for these world treasures — the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world (The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue […]

  • “Hearts Afire” Stars The Wonderful John Ritter In An Award-Winning Romantic Comedy

    “Hearts Afire” Stars The Wonderful John Ritter In An Award-Winning Romantic Comedy

    February 9, 2017 — The beloved John Ritter (Three’s Company, Bad Santa), stars as a Conservative senator’s aide, and Markie Post (Night Court, There’s Something about Mary), is a free-spirited journalist/press secretary who works with him in Washington in this cutting-edge political farce. They both work for Senator Strobe Smithers (George Gaynes, Punky Brewster) and have to navigate Washington’s treacherous waters.Despite their opposing political views, the two discover an attraction they cannot deny.The award-winning series, which ran from 1992-1995 (54 episodes) […]

  • It Is Jack Lemmon’s Birthday

    It Is Jack Lemmon’s Birthday

    February 8, 2017 — Jack Lemmon was one of America’s favorite comic actors.His career lasted more than 5o years and, despite not being leading-man handsome, he was most often cast in leading man parts. His every man looks did not stop him from working opposite many of the screen’s loveliest women, including Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood Janet Leigh, Shirley MacLaine (Coco Chanel), Lee Remick, Doris Day, Kim Novak, Judy Holliday, Rita Hayworth (Dancing Pirate), Jane Fonda, Catherine Deneuve, Virna Lisi, Ann-Margret and Sophia Loren (Man […]

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  • Some Mysteries Are More Fascinating Than Others

    Some Mysteries Are More Fascinating Than Others

    February 8, 2016 — Some mysteries grab our interest and hang on to it.Often, they are mysteries that go unsolved for significant amounts of time. These are among the most perplexing, fascinating and disturbing. Human beings want answers to their questions.Or do they?The acclaimed television series, Unsolved Mysteries, hosted by Robert Stack and Dennis Farina, looked at some of the world’s most remarkable mysteries, including unsolved crimes, unexplained history, possible paranormal activity and incomprehensible human behavior. From unsolved murders and conspiracy theories (including […]

  • Two Acclaimed Documentaries Tell The Story Of Aileen Wuornos, The Serial Killer

    Two Acclaimed Documentaries Tell The Story Of Aileen Wuornos, The Serial Killer

    February 7, 2017 — Aileen Wuornos was the 10th woman to be executed in the United States after the 1976 Supreme Court decision which restored capital punishment.The crime for which she was sentenced to death was the serial killing of 7 men. Because one of the bodies was never found, she received six death penalties.Originally she would claim that the men she killed were attempting to rape her when she was working as a prostitute, and that the killings were […]

  • “The Hunger” Is Erotic Horror

    “The Hunger” Is Erotic Horror

    February 7, 2017 — This is truly enjoyable horror.That may sound like a contradiction, but hosts Terence Stamp and David Bowie are the perfect companions for these forays into the horrible, the unnerving, the dreadful, the disturbing.The Hunger is a powerful, erotic and horror-filled anthology series, with each of the 44 episodes comprising a complete tale of horror.Stamp and Bowie host 22 episodes each, and a long list of intriguing guest stars — Daniel Craig (the James Bond franchise), Lena Headey (Game […]

  • You Do Not Want To Make “The Black Cat” Angry

    You Do Not Want To Make “The Black Cat” Angry

    February 6, 2017 — A paralyzed psychic takes control of the mind of his black cat and uses the animal to takes revenge on his enemies.But which one is really in control?Famed horror director Lucio Fulci brings his distinctive style to this retelling of a tale by Edgar Allan Poe. Patrick Magee stars as Robert Miles, the wheelchair bound psychic who can communicate with the dead (and can even record their voices) and who feels the need to take out […]

  • Before There Was “Robotech”…

    Before There Was “Robotech”…

    February 6, 2017 —  The science fiction series Robotech is based on three Japanese anime series that ran from 1982-1984. They were entitled The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Genesis Climber Mospeada and Super Dimension Cavalry: Southern Cross.The three series tell the multi-generational story of several epic battles between humans and alien invaders, interwoven with the complicated relationships of its main characters. The three series would eventually be adapted into the Robotech series that was shown on American television.The first 36 episodes, entitled The Super […]

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  • Watch “Crazy About Tiffany’s” Over Breakfast

    Watch “Crazy About Tiffany’s” Over Breakfast

    February 4, 2017 — Valentine’s Day is coming up — it’s the perfect time to reflect on the importance of Tiffany’s.Tiffany’s is one of the greatest brands in merchandising history.The company was started by Charles Tiffany and a family friend in 1812. The two opened a small store on a $1,000 dollar loan from Tiffany’s father; it would not be called Tiffany & Co. until 1841. By 1850 it had a branch in Paris, and by 1868 it opened a store in London.Today […]

  • FilmRise Acquires The Worldwide Rights To The Moody And Evocative Musical Documentary “I Called Him Morgan”

    FilmRise Acquires The Worldwide Rights To The Moody And Evocative Musical Documentary “I Called Him Morgan”

    February 3, 2017 — FilmRise has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to I Called Him Morgan, the acclaimed documentary about the brilliant, troubled and doomed be-bop trumpeter Lee Morgan.The film was directed by Kasper Collin; the cinematographer, Bradford Young, recently received an Academy Award® nomination for his work on the film Arrival.Lee Morgan’s rise to fame came early. He played with John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey as a teenager. Although he was considered to have been one of the most […]

  • “Lapland Odyssey” Is A Truly Original Comic Adventure

    “Lapland Odyssey” Is A Truly Original Comic Adventure

    February 2, 2017 — Did you think it was cold outside?Janne and his girlfriend Inari live in Northern Finland, where the dark and the frozen landscape make staying inside a near-necessity. Inari wants just one thing to get her through the winter: a cable box. Janne, who is lazy and goes outside as little as possible, whatever the weather, has never come through with the promised gift. Finally Inari has had enough. Her ultimatum is simple — she get the cable […]

  • Children Will Adore Wuba, The Baby Monster King, In The Live Action/Animation Adventure “Monster Hunt”

    Children Will Adore Wuba, The Baby Monster King, In The Live Action/Animation Adventure “Monster Hunt”

    February 2, 2017 — As the week of Chinese New Year’s draws to a close, we celebrate with one of the highest-grossing films in Chinese cinema history.Monster Hunt is a charming, funny, action-filled adventure directed by Rama Hui, one of the lead animators on Shrek. The combination live action/animated film is a visual treat and an emotional delight. It tells the story of a time in ancient China when monsters and humans live near to each other but cannot learn to live together […]

  • Watch “The New Detectives” And See How Real Forensic Scientists Solve Crimes

    Watch “The New Detectives” And See How Real Forensic Scientists Solve Crimes

    February 1, 2017 —  Sherlock Holmes may have been the first (fictional) consulting detective to use science and evidence — as well as a remarkable sense of deduction — to solve crimes. But even he would have to admit that today’s detectives have knowledge, techniques and abilities he could not have approached.The New Detectives are men and women who use scientific techniques and fields — anthropology, physiology, chemistry, entomology, psychology and computer technology — to solve today’s crimes and learn the truth behind mysteries that have […]

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  • A High School Girl Discovers That Being A Call Girl Is Not An Easy Life

    A High School Girl Discovers That Being A Call Girl Is Not An Easy Life

    January 31, 2017 –Pretty and young Casey (Caitlin Thompson, Crazy, Stupid Love), a high school senior, is having a rough time.She’s not one of the cool kids, her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend just dumped her in a very public way at school.After she causes a loud and emotional scene with her ex, she suddenly (and surprisingly) finds herself being befriended by some of the most popular girls in the school. Amber (Marie Avgeropoulos, Fugitive at 17), Taylor (Lindsay Taylor, Accused at 17) […]

  • “Jim: The Jim Foley Story” Is One Of The Best Documentaries Of 2016

    “Jim: The Jim Foley Story” Is One Of The Best Documentaries Of 2016

    January 31, 2017 — Critics and reviewers agree: Jim: The Jim Foley Story is a must-see.Jim Foley was the journalist who was captured by ISIS and whose eventual beheading became the image that brought home the brutality of the regime just coming to power in the Middle East. His death became a wake-up call to governments and people around the world.The film, Jim: The James Foley Story, was directed by a family friend who was given great access to the Foley […]

  • Russell Crowe And Hugo Weaving Star In The Impressive “Proof”

    Russell Crowe And Hugo Weaving Star In The Impressive “Proof”

    January 30, 2017 — Martin (Hugo Weaving, The Matrix) is a blind man who always wants proof of everything. He does not trust anyone well enough to take their word for anything. In his childhood, his mother described a man who was raking leaves in the garden outside Martin’s window. Martin’s mistrust led him to take a photograph of the garden so that he could have proof of what his mother had said or, as an alternative, prove her wrong. He has […]

  • Reviewers Are Ecstatic: “Truman Has To Be One Of The Warmest Bro-mances You’ll Ever Get To See”

    Reviewers Are Ecstatic: “Truman Has To Be One Of The Warmest Bro-mances You’ll Ever Get To See”

    January 30, 2017 — Truman, Cesc Gay’s remarkable comedy/drama, has won 29 major awards during its festival run.The film is a deeply felt and emotionally riveting film about the end of life, male friendship, life’s deepest relationships (which are not always with other people) and the simple beauty of long-standing emotional attachments.Ricardo Darin, one of the world’s greatest actors, plays Julián, a once-successful actor, who has received a diagnosis of terminal cancer. He is surprised by a visit from an old […]

  • Based On A True Story, “Perfect Obedience” Is A Cautionary Tale About The Dangers Of Unquestioned Authority

    Based On A True Story, “Perfect Obedience” Is A Cautionary Tale About The Dangers Of Unquestioned Authority

    January 27, 2017 — Perfect Obedience, written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Luis Urquiza, managed to shock Mexican audiences even though most of them had undoubtedly heard the story on which it is based — that of priest Marcial Maciel.Maciel was a revered member of the clergy; he had raised huge amounts of money for the Church, started the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi Movements. He would accompany the Pope, John Paul II, whenever the pontiff came to Mexico. […]

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  • “Empresses In The Palace” Provides A Breathtaking Saga Of Life During The Last Chinese Dynasty

    “Empresses In The Palace” Provides A Breathtaking Saga Of Life During The Last Chinese Dynasty

    January 27, 2017 — Tomorrow is the beginning of the Chinese New Year. The holiday is considered the most important of the year’s calendar in China. This year will be the year of the rooster.The celebrations for the New Year last for days. Most Chinese workers will have the entire week (from the evening of the 27th until  February 2nd) off. Officially, the old year will last until February 15.The holiday is steeped in tradition, color and noise (to ward […]

  • Confrontational, Dark And Violent, “If He Hollers” Stuns With Deeply Disturbing Violence

    Confrontational, Dark And Violent, “If He Hollers” Stuns With Deeply Disturbing Violence

    January 26, 2017 —  If He Hollers (aka I Stay with You) starts as a sexy, fun evening for a group of young women in Mexico, girls who just want to have fun. But that’s not where it ends.Natalia has just arrived from Spain to be with her boyfriend. But he is held up at work and she goes off with some of his female friends to a cabin for a “bachelorette” weekend. However, Natalia is unprepared for what happens next.These wealthy, […]

  • “Robotech” Is A Science Fiction Classic

    “Robotech” Is A Science Fiction Classic

    January 26, 2017 — When an alien spacecraft crash lands on Earth, the technology contained inside becomes the blueprint for creating weaponry and spaceships that humankind will need in order to wage war against the alien forces who are planning to invade.Robotech, an anime epic based on Carl Macek’s science fiction saga, is a sweeping story of a series of battles and invasions spanning generations, as mankind struggles to maintain its autonomy against the attacking aliens who have superior forces and equipment.Ten years after the […]

  • From A Master Of French Erotic Cinema Comes “Chasing The Muse (AKA Transgression),” An Unexpected Adult Film

    From A Master Of French Erotic Cinema Comes “Chasing The Muse (AKA Transgression),” An Unexpected Adult Film

    January 25, 2017 — Since the 1970s, Jean François Davy has been one of the best-known directors of French erotic cinema.Specializing in documentaries, (Prostitution, Les Pornocrates and the trilogy of Exhibition, Exhibition 2 and Exhibition 79), Davy explored the sexual sensibilities of Parisians.This time, he is one of his subjects. In Transgression (aka Chasing the Muse), he turns his camera on himself, documenting his efforts to discover a star for his upcoming erotic film. He travels through Eastern Europe filming the many, many […]

  • An Inspiring Teacher Turns 32 Talented But Untrained High School Students Into One “Big Voice”

    An Inspiring Teacher Turns 32 Talented But Untrained High School Students Into One “Big Voice”

    January 25, 2017 — High school choir director Jeffe Huls does not have an easy job. He has to take charge of 32 teenagers and turn them into “One Big Voice.”Big Voice is a documentary chronicling a year in the life of Huls, his students and the choir group that he attempts to build. It will not be an easy year. Even though these young people auditioned for their places in the Santa Monica High School choir — and despite the fact that […]

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  • Watching Too Many Violent Movies Turned Him Into “Evil Ed”

    Watching Too Many Violent Movies Turned Him Into “Evil Ed”

    January 24, 2017 — This movie is for everyone who, as a child, got pulled them away from horror films by their mother who claimed they were too violent for impressionable young minds.Maybe she was right.Evil Ed was a gentle, unassuming film editor in Sweden whose specialty was working on moody, Bergman-esque films. But suddenly Ed’s job changes and and he finds himself cutting together miles and miles of violent and gory movie footage.Viewing all of this carnage eventually drives […]

  • Acclaimed Documentary “Supergirl” Is Acquired By FilmRise

    Acclaimed Documentary “Supergirl” Is Acquired By FilmRise

    January 24, 2017 — The Hollywood Reporter  announced  yesterday that FilmRise has acquired the worldwide rights to Jessie Auritt’s feature documentary, Supergirl.The documentary presents the story of Naomi Kutin, An Orthodox Jewish pre-teen who broke world records in powerlifting at the age of nine. As she approaches adolescence, she has to deal with more than the usual number of issues — health issues, religious obligations and cyber-bullying, in addition to working to maintain her world title.The film will screen at the Slamdance Festival; […]

  • “The Great Alone” Is The Story Of One Of The Toughest Challenges On Earth — And The Man Who Won It Four Times In A Row

    “The Great Alone” Is The Story Of One Of The Toughest Challenges On Earth — And The Man Who Won It Four Times In A Row

    January 23, 2017 — The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is considered by many to be the most difficult physical challenge a human being can undergo in the name of sport. There are those who might argue that climbing Mount Everest is worse — after all, approximately 250 people have died attempting it — but in fact, more than 4,000 people have accomplished that feat. Only 731 have managed to finish the Iditarod.The race itself is the annual dog sled race from Settler’s […]

  • In “Horror Stories,” A Girl Must Tell Stories To Stay Alive — Scary Stories

    In “Horror Stories,” A Girl Must Tell Stories To Stay Alive — Scary Stories

    January 23, 2017 — The Arabian Nights tells the story of , Scheherazade, the vizier’s daughter, who was required to tell stories to the Shahrayr of Persia so that he would not behead her. For 1,001 nights she told him fabulous, imaginative stories; once her stories ran out, she anticipated that he would kill her.  However, the Shahrayer had fallen in love with her — so her stories saved her life.In the Korean omnibus film Horror Stories, high school girl Ji-Won is in a […]

  • 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 […]

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  • “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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • “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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • “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 […]

  • 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, […]

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  • “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 […]

  • “‘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 […]

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  • “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 […]

  • 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, […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • “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 […]

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  • 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, […]

  • 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, […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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