Currently Browsing: September 2013

Julia Louis-Dreyfus WGA

Julia Louis-Dreyfus! Enter this week’s Facebook contest (http://xyz) for your chance to win a DVD set starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Seinfield (Season One) The New Adventures of Old Christine (Season One) Veep (Season One) Julia Louis-Dreyfus opened last week in Enough Said, a new film written & directed by Nicole Holofcener. After years of starring in […]

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THE SECRET LIVES OF DORKS

A dork named “Payton” (Gaelan Connell) must negotiate the high school dating scene while his widowed father (James Belushi) gets parenting advice from one-time Bears Coach Mike Ditka. But in this film (unlike most in this genre) the girls are actually smart: the cheerleader (Riley Voelkel) has a plan & the “dorkette” (Vanessa Marano) has the patience to […]

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SHEPARD & DARK

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright & Oscar-nominated Hollywood hunk, had a bad relationship with his own alcoholic father but found a father/brother/friend in Johnny Dark a Jersey boy with whom he has kept in touch for decades while all other relationships have crumbled. Jan found doc too elusive but Rich found it “strangely touching.” (JLH: […]

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WEDDING PALACE

Invites us to laugh at the travails of a Korean-American scion (Brian Tee) still haunted by an ancient family curse decades after the move to LA & also marvel at the beauty of modern Seoul by night. Humor & romance are equally broad, anchored by terrific set & costume design & cleverly crafted animated sequences plus […]

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Keener WGA

Catherine Keener! Enter our contest for your chance to win a DVD starring Catherine Keener! Catherine Keener opens this week in Enough Said, a new film written & directed by Nicole Holofcener. This is the 5th time Keener has appeared in a Holofcener film, so this week we turn our spotlight on the Keener/Holofcener collaboration! • […]

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AFTER TILLER

In 2009, physician George Tiller was murdered in his church by Pro-Life activists who refused to accept that 3rd Trimester Abortions could ever be justified. This is an important story about the 4 physicians in the USA who continue to provide these services in their own clinics, but unfortunately it just preaches to the already […]

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MY LUCKY STAR

This adorable RomCom from the New China (now relatively prosperous & totally consumer-driven) was directed by Dennie Gordon & based on a story she wrote with Ming Beaver Kwei & Amy Snow. (Note however that IMDb gives the screenplay credits to a committee: Snow plus Chris Chow, Hai Huang, & Yao Meng.) “Sofie” (Ziyi Zhang) works in […]

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MMI Turns 25!

Spent Sunday Sept 15 in Astoria at the wonderful Museum of the Moving Image. As new members , we’ve arrived just in time to celebrate MMI’s 25th anniversary. On 9/15/13, a members-only Brunch was followed by a special screening of Singin’ in the Rain (which really holds up!!!) and a preview of Enough Said with […]

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ENOUGH SAID: Rant by Jan Lisa Huttner

What was already a very good film about two people named “Eva”(Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and “Albert” (James Gandolfini)–both wounded by divorce and wary about trying to take a new run at love–becomes even more resonant with the tragic loss of Gandolfini (so wonderful here in what has since become his final major role). One more thing […]

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SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

Of all the groups giving awards in 1953, only the WGA got it right: “Best Written American Musical” prize for Betty Comden & Adolph Green? Hooray! Now recognized as one of the Best Musicals ever made anywhere on Planet Earth, this Gene Kelly classic makes merry with Hollywood lives impacted by the transition from silent […]

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PLUSH

“Hayley” (Emily Browning) has it all: promising career as an edgy singer/songwriter; gorgeous husband “Carter” (Cam Gigandet); adorable twin baby boys. Then her brother/musical partner “Jack” (Thomas Dekker) dies of a drug overdose & her world teeters on the edge of collapse. Director Catherine Hardwicke, with her typical in-your-face style, pushes intensity to the max […]

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Bosworth WGA

Kate Bosworth’s new film And While We Were Here opens Friday, so this week we turn our spotlight on Kate Bosworth! Enter our contest for your chance to win a DVD starring Kate Bosworth: Remember the Titans Blue Crush Straw Dogs (2011) Click HERE to enter contest 🙂 Photo Credit: © 2013 – Well Go USA

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AND WHILE WE WERE HERE

See Kat reach for the stars. See Kat fall on her face. Obvious intention is to “update” the Roberto Rossellini classic VOYAGE TO ITALY from 1954 (starring Ingrid Bergman & George Sanders as a squabbling English couple in Naples). Alas, writer director Kat Coiro gets trapped in her own conceit & ends up with Tourist Porn. Sad to […]

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MOTHER OF GEORGE

So much to love in this story of a woman from a traditional Nigerian family desperate to conceive a child, but screenplay by Darci Picoult leaves too many plot holes in need of filling. Actress/Playwright Danai Gurira is luminous in the central role, but she is also too old to be who she is supposed to […]

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WADJDA

9/25/13 UPDATE: It’s official! Saudi Arabia has named Wadjda as their candidate for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Make no mistake, readers, this is really big news!!! This superlative first feature by Haifaa Al Mansour (Saudi Arabia’s first female director) cleverly puts a spunky tween named “Wadjda” in the foreground, but the film […]

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Page WGA

Ellen Page has a new film Touchy Feely (opening in select theatres on Friday 9/6 & already available On Demand). So this week we turn our spotlight on Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page! Enter our contest for your chance to win a DVD starring Ellen Page: Juno The East Whip It   Click HERE to enter […]

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ADORE

Lifelong friends enter uncharted territory in a film that turns out to be much more interesting than prurient trailers would lead you to believe. Naomi Watt (as “Lil”) & Robin Wright (as “Roz”) are both terrific actresses & so gorgeous that it is easy to believe they would be objects of desire for much younger […]

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A TEACHER

More of a narrative short than a full feature, but for all that, Hannah Fidell’s film is intense & gripping thru-out. High school teacher “Diana” (Lindsay Burdge) falls in love with “Eric”(Will Brittain) who is one of her students. Eric is attentive & solicitous but when Diana grows cautious & pulls back from their relationship, Eric moves on & Diana freaks out. Would […]

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OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY

9/11/13 UPDATE: Click HERE for a list of today’s special commemorative screenings. Click HERE for website information (including how to arrange screenings in the future). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY BOTH JAN & RICH! On September 11, 2001, two planes came “out of the clear blue sky” and crashed into the World Trade Center. Less than two hours […]

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TOUCHY FEELY

Allison Janney plays a “Reiki Master” who helps a sister (Rosemarie DeWitt) & brother (Josh Pais) appreciate the healing gift of touch. Despite excellent performances all around, this observant family dramedy written & directed by Lynn Shelton is somehow a bit too gentle & “spaced-out” to work as well as it should. The pain we […]

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Bigelow WGA

This week, to celebrate topping 10K “Likes” on FB, we have a special contest! The winner will receive bonus films by Kathryn Bigelow (the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director) as well as extra surprise stuff! Enter our contest for your chance to win 🙂

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