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  • Homophobia And Fear Of Satanic Rituals Send Four Innocent Women To Prison

    Homophobia And Fear Of Satanic Rituals Send Four Innocent Women To Prison

    March 17, 2017 — The crime the four women, Elizabeth Ramirez and her friends Anna Vasquez, Kristie Mayhugh and Cassandra Rivera were accused of was horrible — the group rape of two young girls. The accused, young Latina women who were openly gay and living in San Antonio, Texas, asserted their innocence from the very beginning.The 1994 allegations against the women kept changing, as did the stories that were presented by those making the accusations. Despite that fact, and despite […]

  • “The Bloodstained Butterfly” Is A Vintage Giallo Mystery

    “The Bloodstained Butterfly” Is A Vintage Giallo Mystery

    March 16, 2017 — Alessandro Marchi is convicted of the murder of a college girl in a park.Hi trial is rigged against him. He is unaware that his attorney is having an affair with Maria, Alessandro’s wife, and both prefer that he is convicted and out of the way. The trial is rigged against him for many reasons. Finally, When his most important witness fails to show up at his trial, he is sentenced to life in prison.But after he […]

  • A Matador Faces Retirement, But First He Will Face The Bulls One Last Time In The Acclaimed Documentary “Gored”

    A Matador Faces Retirement, But First He Will Face The Bulls One Last Time In The Acclaimed Documentary “Gored”

    March 16, 2017 — Gored will leave you breathless.The film documents the final stand of bullfighter Antonio Barrera as he faces a bull for the last time as matador.Barrera was known as the most-gored matador in modern history. He has been injured and impaled 23 times; many of those incidents required operations, hospital stays, recuperation. Now, in his thirties, with his abilities in decline, his family has begged him to stop. Just last year, 29-year old Victor Barrio, an award-winning matador, was impaled in the bullring with […]

  • In “Mazes And Monsters,” A Young Tom Hanks Plays Fantasy Role-Playing Games In An Abandoned Cavern

    In “Mazes And Monsters,” A Young Tom Hanks Plays Fantasy Role-Playing Games In An Abandoned Cavern

    March 15, 2017 — It’s fantasy role playing, taken to an extreme.Four college friends, Robbie (2-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump), Daniel (David Wallace), Jay Jay (Chris Makepeace, Meatballs) and Kate (Wendy Crewson, Getting Married in Buffalo Jump, At the End of the Day), decide to invade a series of abandoned caverns to play their favorite fantasy game, Mazes and Monsters.They are somewhat maladjusted, a bit nerdy and under the spell of the game. But suddenly Jay […]

  • “Popeye The Sailor Man” Has Entertained Generations Of Admirers

    “Popeye The Sailor Man” Has Entertained Generations Of Admirers

    March 15, 2017 — He is everybody’s favorite sailor man.Popeye, the lovable sailor, has, as an animated character, been delighting audiences since the 1930s, first in theaters, later on television. The New Adventures of Popeye, which began airing in 1977, has the same beloved characters — the femme fatale Olive Oyl, Popeye’s nemesis Bluto, hamburger-loving Wimpy and adorable Swee’ Pea, among others — and all of the spinach-eating fun. Each of the 65 episodes contains 3 short films which are sure to […]

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  • In “American Roulette,” Andy Garcia Plays A South American President Forced Into Exile When A Military Coup Deposes His Government

    In “American Roulette,” Andy Garcia Plays A South American President Forced Into Exile When A Military Coup Deposes His Government

    March 14, 2017 — For Carlos Quintas (Andy Garcia), it is difficult to know who to trust.Quintas is the democratically elected president of a South American country, but he has been deposed by a military coup and now lives in London where he leads a government in exile, attempting to raise support from the international community to help him regain control of his country.The military of his own country wants him kidnapped or dead and they have sent professionals to […]

  • Charlize Theron Won An Oscar® For Her Astonishing Performance As A Serial Killer In “Monster “

    Charlize Theron Won An Oscar® For Her Astonishing Performance As A Serial Killer In “Monster “

    March 14, 2017 — She was inaccurately called “America’s first female serial killer.”Aileen Wuornos was found guilty of six murders (she probably committed seven) on January 27, 1992, and the next day she was sentenced to death. Although she certainly wasn’t the first woman responsible for multiple deaths, her story captured the nation’s attention. The woman had been abused as a child, abandoned by her mother, thrown out of her grandparents’ house and left without the means to make a living — […]

  • A Native American Lawyer Is Caught Between Two Worlds In The Ghost Story/Mystery “Imprint”

    A Native American Lawyer Is Caught Between Two Worlds In The Ghost Story/Mystery “Imprint”

    March 13, 2017 — Shayla Stonefeather (Tonantzin Carmelo), a Native American lawyer, has definitely lost touch with her cultural roots.She has moved away from her family and the town they are from in order to live in a city and become lawyer. And in the city she ends up prosecuting Robbie Whiteshirt, a Lakota Native American teenager accused of killing a senator’s wife. She wins the case, but there is no time for rejoicing. Whiteshirt attempts to escape from custody and is […]

  • “True North” Is A Timely And Relevant In Its Depiction Of Some Of The Dangers And Hardships Experienced By Desperate Immigrants

    “True North” Is A Timely And Relevant In Its Depiction Of Some Of The Dangers And Hardships Experienced By Desperate Immigrants

    March 13, 2017 —  The crew of the Scottish trawler Providence has been having a run of bad luck. The skipper (Gary Lewis) has recently returned from an unsuccessful fishing run. He plans to give control of his ship to his son, first mate Sean (Martin Compson), who wants to take it over but hopes to clear its debts first.At the advice of Riley, one of his deckhands, he secures a lucrative deal to smuggle Chinese immigrants in the hold on […]

  • These Are The True Stories Of People Who Were Convicted Of Crimes They Never Committed

    These Are The True Stories Of People Who Were Convicted Of Crimes They Never Committed

    March 10, 2017 — Struggle for Justice recounts true stories of people wrongfully convicted of crimes, who were sentenced to prison — some for years, even decades — before they were exonerated.Season 1 of Struggle for Justice follows ten cases where the Canadian Justice system got it wrong, condemning innocent people who ended up spending time in prison. Time they did not deserve. Time they will never get back.The crimes they were convicted of varied: murder, rape, robbery, breaking and […]

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  • Actors Loved Working With Director Mike Nichols Because He Was The Best

    Actors Loved Working With Director Mike Nichols Because He Was The Best

    March 10, 2017 — In 1939, Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky and his brother were sent to America from their home in Berlin, to escape deportation by the Nazis. They would arrive in America to live with their father who had settled in New York City earlier. Their mother would join them later.The father was a successful doctor who would change his name to Nichols. Mikhail would become the director Mike Nichols.Whatever Mike Nichols touched in his professional life seemed to turn to […]

  • Secrets From The Past Haunt The Present In The Compelling Mystery “Hidden City,” Starring Charles Dance

    Secrets From The Past Haunt The Present In The Compelling Mystery “Hidden City,” Starring Charles Dance

    March 9, 2017 –A strong sense of paranoia is at the center of Hidden City, a mystery/thriller set in London, where there more the main characters discover that the more they learn, the less they seem to know.James Richards (Charles Dance, Game of Thrones, The Imitation Game), a government statistician, is inadvertently swept along into a deepening mystery when a researcher send him what appears to be the wrong piece of information — a piece of film he had not asked for. But […]

  • “The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce” Tells The Story Of A Basketball Institution That Is Vitally Important To Its Community

    “The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce” Tells The Story Of A Basketball Institution That Is Vitally Important To Its Community

    March 9, 2017 — People who love basketball know about The Drew.The Drew is a competitive basketball league that meets at Charles Drew Junior High School in South Central Los Angeles. It started in 1973, when South Central was rife with gangs, poverty crime, and opportunities for young men living there seemed insignificant.In response, a young man named Alvin Willis started the league which would come to be known as The Drew. It’s motto was “No excuse, just produce.”The Drew League […]

  • The Epic Mini-Series “Kings In Grass Castles” Shows That 19th Century Australia Was No Place For The Faint Of Heart

    The Epic Mini-Series “Kings In Grass Castles” Shows That 19th Century Australia Was No Place For The Faint Of Heart

    March 8, 2017 — Kings in Grass Castles is an award-winning mini series that tells an epic story of one immigrant family’s life through the years, as they try to establish themselves in Australia after fleeing the Irish Potato Famine.The book on which the mini-series is based tells the story of author Mary Durack‘s family as they moved from Western Ireland to Australia in the mid-nineteenth century. It is a multi-generational epic, starting with the story of Patrick Durand, Mary’s grandfather, who […]

  • “Trace Evidence: The Case Files Of Dr. Henry Lee” Examines The Casework Of One Of The World’s Foremost Forensic Scientists

    “Trace Evidence: The Case Files Of Dr. Henry Lee” Examines The Casework Of One Of The World’s Foremost Forensic Scientists

    March 8, 2017 — Dr. Henry Lee, the world-renowned forensic scientist, whose work has been used on cases including the Washington D.C. sniper shootings, the post-9/11 forensic investigations, Helle Crafts, O.J. Simpson, Vince Foster, Laci Peterson, etc., has appeared on numerous television shows, such as Good Morning America, The Larry King Show, The Nancy Grace Show, and has made guest appearances on shows on CNN, Fox TV, CBS, ABC, NBC and BBC, to discuss his work.But it is on his own […]

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  • Watch Toni Collette And Daniel Craig In The Award-Winning “Hotel Splendide”

    Watch Toni Collette And Daniel Craig In The Award-Winning “Hotel Splendide”

    March 7, 2017 — You would never want to stay at the Hotel Splendide in real life. But any movie where you get to watch Daniel Craig (the James Bond franchise, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Some Voices) Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Angel in the House, About a Boy, Hey, Hey It’s Esther Blueberger) and Stephen Tompkinson (DCI Banks), is worth the visit.The Hotel Splendide is a dreary, isolated spa/hotel hat sits on a dreary, isolated island that is cut off […]

  • The Controversial “White Girl” Is Available For Pre-Order On DVD

    The Controversial “White Girl” Is Available For Pre-Order On DVD

    March 7, 2017 — It’s one of those films — people love it or hate it.White Girl, Elizabeth Wood’s semi-autobiographical rumination on being young, pretty, white and privileged in New York City, is a fever dream of drugs, sex and parties as seen through the eyes of Leah, a Mid-Western college sophomore who has come to the City to spend her summer months at a n internship at a glossy magazine.Leah (Morgan Saylor, Homeland) has a job, but shortly after arriving […]

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    “Blessed” Tells The Stories Of Several Troubled Families From Two Distinct Viewpoints

    March 6, 2017 — Blessed tells the story of seven children from difficult blue collar families in Melbourne, Australia, who wander their city during the course of one day, unwilling to return to their homes. Their stories are only lightly connected, and they each have personal reasons for choosing not to go home. The first half is told from their viewpoint. The second half sees the stories of their home lives from the point of view of their mothers, who have a different way […]

  • Pre-Order “The Bad Kids,” Called by The Toronto Film Scene” “One Of The Most Emotionally Resonant Films Being Offered This Year”

    Pre-Order “The Bad Kids,” Called by The Toronto Film Scene” “One Of The Most Emotionally Resonant Films Being Offered This Year”

    March 6, 2017 — The Bad Kids is one of the best-received documentaries of the 2016 festival circuit.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 […]

  • David Strathairn Stars As A Lawyer Forced to Defend A Man Who Would Like To Kill Him

    David Strathairn Stars As A Lawyer Forced to Defend A Man Who Would Like To Kill Him

    March 3, 2017 —  A lawyer is charged with defending a man he knows would gladly kill him — for no reason other than his faith. As a court-appointed Defense Attorney, it is Danny Dunkleman’s job to defend anyone whose case he is given. But how is the Jewish humanist lawyer supposed to find compassion for the Nazi-sympathizer Skinhead who admits to a racially-motivated hate crime during which he critically injured an Indian cook by stomping him with his steel-toed boots — and […]

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  • FilmRise Acquires “Axolotl Overkill,” Based On The International Best-Seller By Helene Hegemann

    FilmRise Acquires “Axolotl Overkill,” Based On The International Best-Seller By Helene Hegemann

    March 3, 2017 — FilmRise has announced the acquisition of the eagerly-awaited Axolotl Overkill, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival this year.The film is the directorial debut by Helene Hegemann, who also wrote the 2010 best-selling novel, Axolotl Roadkill.Axolotl Overkill tells the story of Mifti, a 16-year old who has just lost her mother, and the people who share the shocking and rebellious world she inhabits. As Mifti searches for some combination of excitement and emotional attachment, she encounters […]

  • In The Mystery “Restitution,” Nearly Everyone Seems To Have A Secret They Would Do Anything To Keep Private

    In The Mystery “Restitution,” Nearly Everyone Seems To Have A Secret They Would Do Anything To Keep Private

    March 2, 2017 — In true noir fashion, Restitution has the correct elements: a mysterious murder in need of solving, a beautiful woman with a past, a powerful family with a secret; an investigator who is probably out of his depth.Of course, it’s difficult to know who is telling the truth. Everyone seems to have something to hide, and the obvious suspects may not be guilty of anything.The gorgeous Mena Suvari stars as the bartender who was involved with the murder […]

  • FilmRise Acquires The Award-Winning Bulgarian Documentary “The Good Postman” And The Acclaimed Chinese Comedy “Free And Easy”

    FilmRise Acquires The Award-Winning Bulgarian Documentary “The Good Postman” And The Acclaimed Chinese Comedy “Free And Easy”

    March 2, 2017 — FilmRise announces the acquisition of the North American rights to two foreign films, Gen Jung’s Free and Easy and Tonislav Hristov’s The Good Postman.Free and Easy, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, is the story of an economically depressed region of Northern China, and the numerous con men who try to hustle their marks and make their way in rural China. This beautifully shot and wryly amusing comedy was nominated for the World Cinema Grand Jury […]

  • Students Struggle To Survive A Satanic Pact In “Unhallowed Ground”

    Students Struggle To Survive A Satanic Pact In “Unhallowed Ground”

    March 1, 2017 — The prestigious and privileged Dhoultham School has a long and storied history — one that includes ritualistic murder and Satanic pacts.In the 17th century, fearing death by the plague, the students of the school made a pact with the devil which required them to murder four of their own in a ritual sacrifice. In modern times, 6 students, newbie military cadets, are left at the school when it closes down for holidays to make sure that the grounds […]

  • These Are “The FBI Files” Cases That Are Truly Special

    These Are “The FBI Files” Cases That Are Truly Special

    March 1, 2017 — These are the cases that were too involved and too significant to fit into the original FBI Files format.The FBI Files Special — Dangerous Pursuit investigates the 1974 crime spree of Paul John Knowles which included serial rapes, multiple murders and robbery. Knowles claimed to be responsible for 35 deaths, although 20 have been corroborated. The FBI Files Special — Flight from Justice investigates one of the most notorious of all unsolved crimes. On Thanksgiving eve, 1971, […]

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  • “The Acid House,” From Stories By Irvine Welsh, Has The Nihilistic Energy Of “Trainspotting”

    “The Acid House,” From Stories By Irvine Welsh, Has The Nihilistic Energy Of “Trainspotting”

    March 2, 2017 — The Acid House is a triptych of films based on short stories by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) which takes you back into the world of young men from the slums of North Edinburgh who are not at good places in their lives.In the first story, The Granton Star Cause, Boab loses his job, his girlfriend, is dumped by his soccer team and is thrown out of his house by his kinky, over-sexed parents on the same day. Aching […]

  • “Charlie Jade” Is A Detective/Thriller Whose Main Character Is Hurtled Into A Parallel Universe He Doesn’t Know Or Understand

    “Charlie Jade” Is A Detective/Thriller Whose Main Character Is Hurtled Into A Parallel Universe He Doesn’t Know Or Understand

    February 28, 2017 — Charlie Jade is an inhabitant of Alphaverse, one of the 5 parallel universes explored in this Canadian/South African sci-fi thriller television. But an explosion in the first episode throws him into Betaverse — a world not unlike our own, but one Jade does not recognize.The explosion was caused by scientists who were attempting to open a wormhole between universes so that they could pillage the resources from one of the other worlds. However, the explosion causes […]

  • See Domhnall Gleeson, Before He Was Famous, In “Sensation”

    See Domhnall Gleeson, Before He Was Famous, In “Sensation”

    February 27, 2017 — Donal is 26 years old, a thoroughly naive farmer in Tipperary, Ireland,  who is desperately eager to rid himself of his virginity.When he suddenly finds himself with a little money (due to the totally unexpected death of his father), he calls in a professional hooker named Courtney to ameliorate the situation.Not too long after his first meeting with Courtney, the two have decided to go into business together by turning the farm Donal just inherited into an escort service.Soon […]

  • “Magnus,” The Acclaimed Documentary About The Greatest Chess Player In The World, Is Available On DVD And Blu-Ray

    “Magnus,” The Acclaimed Documentary About The Greatest Chess Player In The World, Is Available On DVD And Blu-Ray

    February 27, 2017 — On November 30th, Magnus Carlsen defeated Sergey Karjakin  in the World Chess Championship to retain his title as the world Champion.Very few who follow the world of chess were surprised. Magnus Carlsen remains one of the most baffling, original and fascinating chess champions of all time.In fact, some maintain that he is the greatest champion of all time, and is often referred to as “the Mozart of Chess,” because of his endlessly inventive play.Magnus, the acclaimed documentary […]

  • Watch One Of Morton Tyldum’s Early Films — The Charming “Buddy”

    Watch One Of Morton Tyldum’s Early Films — The Charming “Buddy”

    February 24, 2017 — Kristoffer is having a tough time. His girlfriend has left him, his job has no future. But when his video diaries show up on a television talk show, his quirky view of the world becomes a media hit. Suddenly he finds himself an overnight celebrity, with all sorts of possibilities opening up for him.He will soon discover that instant celebrity has its drawbacks, as well. His diaries revealed a number of secrets he had no intention of making public, […]

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  • In “Women Behind Bars,” Women Who Have Killed Tell Their Stories — From Inside Their Prisons

    In “Women Behind Bars,” Women Who Have Killed Tell Their Stories — From Inside Their Prisons

    February 24, 2017 — What pushes a woman to the point where she will commit murder?Of course, there is not one answer to that. And some women push far more easily than others.In this true life series, women who have been convicted of committing murder — and have been incarcerated — tell the stories of their crimes, what drove them to them, and what life has been like for them since they have been in prison.There are women who killed […]

  • “Der Samurai” Is A Horrifying Take On “Little Red Riding Hood” That Is Definitiely Not For Children

    “Der Samurai” Is A Horrifying Take On “Little Red Riding Hood” That Is Definitiely Not For Children

    February 23, 2017 — Der Samurai, which had its U.S premiere at the Midnight section of the Tribeca Film Festival, is an award-winning, atmospheric horror-thriller-fantasy film.In a forest along the German/Polish border, Jakob, a young police officer — new at his job and his beat — attempts to deal with a wolf who is scaring the local populace. He tries to woo the creature away from the nearby village by leaving out fresh meat deep in the forest.One day, at the police […]

  • The Ballet Looks Beautiful, But It Can Be Surprisingly Cruel

    The Ballet Looks Beautiful, But It Can Be Surprisingly Cruel

    February 23, 2017 — The Bolshoi Ballet has been an honored institution in the world of ballet for centuries. Founded in 1776, it is one of the world’s oldest ballet companies and has been recognized as one of the greatest ballet institutions in existence throughout the last 100 years.But in Russia, it is more than that. It isn’t honored — it is revered.Its artists, fame and legacy are carefully protected — one might say guarded — which made the company’s 2013 front page scandal, one so […]

  • FilmRise Acquires The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-Winning “I Dream In Another Language”

    FilmRise Acquires The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-Winning “I Dream In Another Language”

    February 22, 2017 — The North American rights to I Dream in Another Language, which won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, have been acquired by FilmRise.The deal was announced by The Hollywood Reporter.Director Ernesto Contreras‘ film has been ecstatically received by reviewers. ” Sueño en otro idioma [I Dream in Another Language] is a smashing success. …Sueño en otro idoma realizes a fully developed, multifaceted story that engages us through its performers’ capacity to broadcast their characters’ feelings—which transfixes […]

  • “Sophie And The Rising Sun” Examines Love In A Time Of Racial Divides

    “Sophie And The Rising Sun” Examines Love In A Time Of Racial Divides

    February 21, 2017 — In 1941, in a small fishing village in South Carolina, Grover Ohta, a Japanese-American man, arrives on a bus, severely beaten and barely able to speak.Anne Morrison (Margo Martindale, Justified) decides to take care of the man until he is well. As he recovers he meets and falls in love with a local woman, Sophie (Juliane Nicholson, From Nowhere, Masters of Sex), whose fiancé died in World War I. Their relationship grows slowly and carefully, as the […]

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  • “Now More Than Ever: The History Of Chicago” Tells the Intriguing Story Behind One Of The Best-Selling Bands In History

    “Now More Than Ever: The History Of Chicago” Tells the Intriguing Story Behind One Of The Best-Selling Bands In History

    February 21, 2017 — The rock band Chicago (it went through a few other names before the band members settled on the name it is known by today) began in 1967. The self-proclaimed “rock and roll band with horns” didn’t take very long to establish themselves — by 1968 they had signed with Columbia Records.They would be assigned the enviable task of opening for better-known act like Hendrix and Joplin, but they weren’t second-stringers long. Their first record, a double album, […]

  • 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 […]

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  • “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 […]

  • “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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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) […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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. […]

  • “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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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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 […]

  • “Reset” Opens Theatrically Today

    “Reset” Opens Theatrically Today

    January 13, 2017 — Reset, the acclaimed documentary shows the creative process behind dancer/choreographer Benjamin Millepied‘s ballet Clear Loud Bright Forward.It was his first production as artistic director of the Paris Ballet Opera dance company, the oldest ballet company in the world. He had announced his intention to infuse the repertory of the company with a modernist sensibility and to shake up an institution noted more for its traditions than its adventurous spirit.The Hollywood Reporter states “[Directors] “Teurlai and Demaizière build a strong sense of […]

  • “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 […]

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  • 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, […]

  • “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 […]

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