Currently Browsing: December 20, 2013

ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY

In which Jane Adams plays a character much like the person she appears to be in her many Indie film & TV roles: a sweet-faced, awkward, girlish actress who is now middle-aged but has never quite grown up. (Examples: The original “Joy Jordan” in Todd Solondz’ ironically named film Happiness, & “Tanya Skagle” the fumbling pimp […]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Frightful mess written & directed by Anna Condo about a New York matriarch (Alexandra Stewart) who lures her family to a rural B&B in Pennsylvania to “celebrate” the Christmas holiday. Once there, they don awful costumes every night & play a murder mystery game set in the Disco Era, while in daylight they bicker & […]

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THE SELFISH GIANT

Another female-helmed Indie–like FISH TANK–that turns a few young people in an English backwater into radiant archetypes who glow with inner life despite their bleak circumstances. Front & center are Arbor (Connor Chapman) & Swifty (Shaun Thomas), neighborhood boys on the brink of adolescence. But their home turf of Bradford (West Yorkshire) is definitely a […]

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BRAVE MISS WORLD

Jan’s JCC Manhattan Sneak Peak Linor Abargil was a candidate for “Miss World” when she was brutally raped by someone she thought was a colleague. The Italians would do nothing, but the Israelis arrested him when they both got home. Excellent doc by Cecilia Peck focuses on Linor’s attempt to recover from her trauma by […]

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