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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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Louder Than Bombs

Louder Than Bombs

| April 7, 2016

In James Baldwin’s book The Devil Finds Work, the author states, “It is said that the camera cannot lie, but rarely do we allow it to do anything else, since the camera sees what you point it at: the camera sees what you want it to see. The language of the camera is the language […]

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Born to be Blue

Born to be Blue

| March 31, 2016

I was cheering for jazz man and singer Chet Baker, as portrayed by Ethan Hawke in the new film Born to be Blue. Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly re-imagined with wit, verve and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous […]

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

| March 28, 2016

I basically haven’t been looking forward to this movie since it was announced.  In the wake of Zack Snyder’s (300, Watchmen) boring and deeply problematic Man of Steel, Warner Brothers and DC Comics decided to build their budding cinematic universe on Snyder’s vision and announced that he would not only be directing Batman v Superman, […]

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A Social Life

A Social Life

| March 16, 2016

If folks can pull themselves away from social media on a Sunday afternoon, then they should take out a little time to go to the Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 4th Ave., in New York City to see a short film called “A Social Life.” This is a “short film about a career driven woman who’s […]

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Triple 9

Triple 9

| February 26, 2016

Like a double-edged blade, John Hillcoat’s latest film, Triple 9 manages to cut both ways. On one side, it’s a well crafted, action packed heist film. On the other side, it contains too many convoluted plot lines and crossing paths that seem to converge into a head on collision of mediocrity in its final 20 […]

Shok

Shok

| February 19, 2016

Few films have been made about the ethnic cleansing of Albanian people in Kosovo that took place in the late 90′s, and now fifteen years since those atrocities and eight years since the independence of Kosovo, the small country has garnered its first Oscar nomination with the short film ”Shok.” On February 17th 1016, just weeks […]

Naz and Maalik

Naz and Maalik

| January 21, 2016

Naz and Maalik is the story of two young men, who are probably just entering their early years in college, who live in Brooklyn, New York, who are just trying to find their way through life. They both peddle lottery cards, incense and other items on the street to help support themselves. They both live […]

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