Author Archives: Jan Lisa Huttner

ALEX OF VENICE

Sweet, earnest, perfectly-crafted first feature from actor Chris Messina about an LA family in transition. The delicate plot is graced with wonderful performances in all major and minor roles. Low-key and luminous. Directed by Chris Messina. Screenplay by Jessica Goldberg, … Continue reading

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ANTARCTIC EDGE

Opens Friday in NYC. Review coming soon...

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BENEATH THE HELMET

Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front is fascinating look at five young men undergoing rigorous paratrooper training in the IDF (Israeli Defense Force). Barely 18 years old and just out of high school, they are at … Continue reading

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THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT

Review of The Human Experiment by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Dana Nachman’s documentary studies the correlation between chemicals in everyday products and the increasing health defects infiltrating America. The film intimately follows three women and their stories of infertility, … Continue reading

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LE CHALLAT DE TUNIS

From IMDb: Tunisia, before the revolution. A man on a motorbike, razor blade in hand, prowls the streets of Tunis slashing women's buttocks. They call him The Challat, aka "The Blade", and the mere mention of his name provokes fascination and … Continue reading

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THE ROAD WITHIN

Review of The Road Within by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Gren Wells' road trip dramedy tells the story of three young mental facility patients and their fun-filled car ride of misadventure, mayhem and their imminent friendship. However clichéd the … Continue reading

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EFFIE GRAY (BKP)

Weighing in across the generations: Our respect for Oscar-winning screenwriter & beloved actress Emma Thompson is so great that we have written two review of her new film Effie Gray. Spoiler Alert: WE BOTH LOVE IT! Click HERE for Jan's … Continue reading

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IT HAPPENED HERE

Review of It Happened Here by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky  Lisa F. Jackson’s timely documentary It Happened Here follows five young women as they share their testimonies of surviving sexual assault. Through intimate interviews, the film documents harrowing first-hand accounts of … Continue reading

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FREETOWN

Well-intentioned but ultimately unsuccessful dramatization of a true story about Mormon missionaries caught in the middle of the Liberian Civil War. Directed by Garrett Batty who wrote the screenplay with Melissa Leilani Larson. NOT YET SEEN BY RICH. (JLH: 3/5) ************************* … Continue reading

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IN COUNTRY

Well-intentioned by ultimately confusing muddle about a group of guys who tromp around the woods of Western Oregon pretending they are "on patrol" in Vietnam. Co-Directed by Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara. Not yet seen by Rich. (JLH: 3/5) ************************* Full-Disclosure: I … Continue reading

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