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Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

| July 15, 2016

Ghostbusters has probably generated more think pieces than any other blockbuster in recent history, which is especially impressive since it wasn’t actually released until now. As frustrating as it has been to be constantly inundated with what everybody thinks about a movie that wasn’t even out yet, it makes sense. This new Ghostbusters exists at […]

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Raiders!: The Story of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Raiders!: The Story of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

| July 8, 2016

I’ve become fascinated with this particular type of documentary; it’s a film that tells the story of a film that was a nightmare to get made, often resulting in the film never being finished.  You don’t often get to hear these stories, but a few of these have come across my radar in recent memory […]

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Private Property

Private Property

| June 30, 2016

Film-noir is traditionally known for presenting society’s underworld in dark alleys with black hats and Tommy guns. By the 1950s, however, the focus shifted from mobsters to the socially disaffected and alienated drifters. Released in 1960, director Leslie Steven’s Private Property highlights the reason for this change and why, subsequently, society faced the rise of […]

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Stand Down Soldier

Stand Down Soldier

| June 16, 2016

The African Diaspora International Film Festival Chicago 2016 recently featured a rich selection of films directed by women from different parts of the world. Leading the selection was Jeryl Prescott Sales’ Stand Down Soldier, a poignant film about an African-American female soldier back to civilian life after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The social significance […]

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Presenting Princess Shaw

Presenting Princess Shaw

| June 1, 2016

For some time now, the internet has been challenging our perceptions of what art can be, and in Ido Haar’s documentary Presenting Princess Shaw, the idea of online applications as the next evolution in artistic instrumentation is explored quite thoughtfully. The story follows Samantha Montgomery, a care-giver working and living in one of the toughest neighborhoods […]

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Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

| May 31, 2016

Tony Conrad, the artist, musician, filmmaker and teacher who passed away in April, will be extremely missed, particularly among the avant-garde world of art and culture. For the last twenty years he was followed by a documentary film crew, with director Tyler Hubby, for the film Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present. This film constructs […]

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Rifftrax Live: Time Chasers (May 17 Re-Broadcast)

Rifftrax Live: Time Chasers (May 17 Re-Broadcast)

| May 8, 2016

Rifftrax Live and Fathom Events’ nationwide broadcast of Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy’s riffing of Time Chasers (1994) returns to theaters on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 for an encore presentation—an event I highly recommend you catch in theaters if you missed it the first time around. Those familiar with the work of the […]

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Green Room

Green Room

| April 19, 2016

Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room manages to encapsulate the emotion and ferocity of hardcore punk music and imbue it into cinematic form; it’s loud, aggressive, exciting and then its over. At a mere 94 minutes, Saulnier’s thriller packs a powerful punch and is easily one of my favorite cinematic experiences of 2016. Pat (Anton Yelchin) is […]

Tribeca Film Festival 2016: The Phenom

Tribeca Film Festival 2016: The Phenom

| April 18, 2016

Take the psychological tension and pressure of Whiplash, the therapist-patient dynamic of Good Will Hunting and the real world, small town sensibility of Friday Night Lights and set them on a pitcher’s mound, and you have a pretty solid impression of The Phenom. Premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, this indie American sports drama […]

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2016 Tribeca Film Festival presents Mother (Ema)

2016 Tribeca Film Festival presents Mother (Ema)

| April 14, 2016

Mother (Ema) by Kadri Kõusaar is a darkly comic, crime mystery set in small-town Estonia, and it centers on Elsa, the full time caretaker of her comatose son, Lauri, and the locals, who are abuzz with rumors about who shot Lauri and why. But in this tight-knit town, where everyone seems to know everyone and everything […]

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