Film

No Vacancy

No Vacancy

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m reluctant to even try to avoid spoilers on this one since No Vacancy is so unbelievably obvious in its execution that its insulting that it thinks it’s successfully deceiving its audience.  The story is about a group of twenty-somethings taking a road trip to Las Vegas when two of their tires blow.  They find […]

We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Flicker Alley’s latest Blu-ray release is one of their most fascinating yet, as it offers viewers a sort of film history potpourri, a grab bag of silent film ephemera centered on the lives of average Americans and their roles in the production and exhibition of silent films. A pair of documentaries lie at the core […]

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Enemy

Enemy

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a bored college history professor more or less living with his girlfriend Mary (Melanie Laurent).  One evening, Adam watches a movie on the recommendation of a colleague and spots an actor who looks alarmingly like himself.  Intrigued by this, Adam tracks down his doppelganger, Anthony, only to discover that not only […]

Obvious Child

Obvious Child

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thanks to Gofobo.com and Alamo Drafthouse, I was able to catch an advanced screening of Gillian Robespierre’s debut film.  Serving as both writer and director, Robespierre’s first film is a heartfelt and daring comedy about a stand-up comedienne’s (Jenny Slate; House of Lies) unplanned pregnancy and subsequent decision to get an abortion. Tonally, the film […]

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Some Velvet Morning

Some Velvet Morning

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Now on DVD and streaming, Neil LaBute’s film Some Velvet Morning (2013) is in many ways itself a duet, nodding to Jim Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra’s psychedelic 1967 record by the same name, which makes its own nods to mythology’s Phaedra – though LaBute is far less enigmatic if not less provocative. Both could easily share The […]

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Burt’s Buzz

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Burt’s Buzz

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I’m less interested in what is in the inside of what I own than what it sits on.” – Burt Burt, of the Burt’s Bees company, has so many prime quotes that I could pull from this wonderfully crafted documentary that I could probably fill the word quota with just those, but instead I’ll leave […]

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2 Autumns, 3 Winters

2 Autumns, 3 Winters

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

 2 Autumns, 3 Winters is a quirky romantic comedy that celebrates both life’s most significant and simplest moments to winning effect. “Writer/director Sébastien Betbeder’s film has all the hallmarks of a traditional, heartfelt romantic comedy!” says FilmSchoolRejects.com. The film, a Cannes Film Festival selection and critically praised selection at Rendezvous with French Cinema earlier this year, […]

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The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff opens on June 25 at the IFC Center in New York City. And Hentoff, age 89, who was born in Boston and educated at Northeastern University, should be so proud to have this documentary available for all to see. Directed by […]

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A Wife Alone

A Wife Alone

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Wife Alone is a dark psychological thriller about an ill-fated marriage in the suburbs of upstate New York. The plot centers around Jane, an attractive young bride who marries a naive investment banker named Park, desperate to marry before his 30th birthday. The young, ostensibly happy couple buys a quaint house in a nice […]

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God Loves Uganda

God Loves Uganda

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Director, Producer & Screenwriter Roger Ross Williams is no stranger to Africa. He won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for his film, Music by Prudence, about a young Zimbabwean singer-songwriter born severely disabled, overcoming discrimination and poverty, and accompanied by other physically challenged band members. In God Loves Uganda, a 2013 Sundance […]

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