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Venice meets Tribeca: TFF Interview with Chris Messina and the Cast of Alex of Venice

Venice meets Tribeca: TFF Interview with Chris Messina and the Cast of Alex of Venice

| April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

For his directorial debut Chris Messina, Hollywood’s current Renaissance man and star of The Mindy Project, wanted to explore the veracity of a family seemingly falling apart through a character-driven film set in Venice Beach, California. Alex of Venice made its premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival earlier this week and the team came out […]

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Tribeca Film Festival 2013:  Jenée LaMarque and Zoe Kazan discuss The Pretty One

Tribeca Film Festival 2013: Jenée LaMarque and Zoe Kazan discuss The Pretty One

| May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

There are two things that screenwriter and director Jenée LaMarque confirms with her first full-length feature film The Pretty One—A)That complex females characters can be brought to life and celebrated on screen in a refreshing, honest, interesting and humorous way; And B) that Jake Johnson has crazy chemistry with actresses named Zoe/Zooey. It took LaMarque, […]

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48th CIFF: Antiviral

48th CIFF: Antiviral

| October 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

The very first image of Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) in Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral, emotes a major feeling that permeates throughout the films entirety, unease. With this introduction to our world and protagonist of Antiviral, Brandon Cronenberg unveils a major satire of celebrity status, society’s infatuation with it and does so with such fierce bravado […]

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48th CIFF: Beyond the Hills (Dupa dealuri)

48th CIFF: Beyond the Hills (Dupa dealuri)

| October 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu has delivered another wonderful and complex film in his latest offering, Beyond the Hills (Dupa dealuri). The film won for Best Screenplay and the two lead actresses won a shared award earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival. The film centers around Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) and Alina (Cristina Flutur), two […]

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Tribeca 2012: Town of Runners

Tribeca 2012: Town of Runners

| April 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

In Bekoji, Ethiopia, running is a way of life. Over the past two decades this small, rural town has been the unlikely home to numerous Olympic champion long-distance runners, whose athletic success has paved the way for young Ethiopians searching for a better life. Among the current group training under renowned coach Sentayehu Eshetu (whose […]

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Tribeca 2012: War Witch (Rebelle)

Tribeca 2012: War Witch (Rebelle)

| April 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Witch: a woman claiming or popularly believed to possess magical powers and practice sorcery.  Powerful, haunting and compelling, as is magic, War Witch beautifully captures a story about an African teenager trying to find a way to live and to love her unborn child while the taste of abhorrent crimes is still fresh and the gaping […]

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Interview with ‘The Innkeepers’ Director, Ti West

Interview with ‘The Innkeepers’ Director, Ti West

| April 21, 2012 | 1 Comments

Every once in a while, a powerful and unforgettable horror film comes along. Director Ti West takes a moment to speak with Film Monthly writer, Calhoun Kersten to explain what went into this labor of love. C: Now, The House of the Devil was filmed, obviously, several years before The Innkeepers. What was it about […]

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Film As Seen By Wayne Case, 2011

Film As Seen By Wayne Case, 2011

| January 20, 2012

Best Films (In order of preference) (1) THE HELP (2) THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (3) WAR HORSE (4) J. EDGAR (5) SUPER 8 (6) 50/50 (7) MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (8) THE IDES OF MARCH (9) SHAME (10) HANNA (11) X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Runners-Up (Alphabetical) A BETTER LIFE THE DEBT DRIVE JANE EYRE […]

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Best Films of 2011: My Picks

Best Films of 2011: My Picks

| January 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Surprise was the feeling I left the movie theater with most often in 2011. Filmmakers are getting smarter: they know what critics look for, and they know that audiences just aren’t impressed by throwing the hottest actors together in a movie with a few one liners or explosions. Here are the films that shut up […]

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2011: The Year In Film

2011: The Year In Film

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

These are the films that made my list in 2011. This year I saw close to 300. The films that are on this list stood out for one reason or another, and I do my best to explain that reason in the paragraphs below. When it comes to the summer blockbusters, the Transformers, the Harry […]

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