Currently Browsing: April 2014

THE JEWISH CARDINAL

BioPic about Aaron Lustiger (born in France to Jewish refugee parents in 1926), who converted to Catholicism, rose rapidly thru the church hierarchy & became a key advisor to Pope Jean Paul II. The first half may be weighed down by exposition, but once Aaron Lustiger–now calling himself Jean-Marie Lustiger–faces off against Carmelite nuns who start […]

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BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD

Sixty years old and married to for decades, “Caroline” (Fanny Ardant) reaches a crisis point after her BFF dies of Breast Cancer. When “Caro” decides to retire, her daughters give her a membership in a Senior Center. Initially she is full of resentment but gradually she loosens up & even begins an affair with an instructor… […]

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DESERT RIDERS

Harrowing documentary–directed by Vic Sarin and penned by Noemi Weis–focuses on attempts by human rights activists to reunite boys smuggled to Persian Gulf countries to work as jockeys in high end camel races. To keep the minimum weight on the camels when they race, the boys are ensnared by human traffickers (who are often relatives […]

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THE GERMAN DOCTOR

Fascinating Argentine drama about Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele (“the Angel of Death”) imagines an upscale post-Auschwitz life for him in the Andean resort of Bariloche until Israelis capture Eichmann & Mengele flees to Paraguay. All the while, he continues his nefarious “experiments,” finding ideal subjects in teenage Lilith & her mother Eva (pregnant with […]

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THE OTHER WOMAN

A workaholic Manhattan lawyer named “Carly” (Cameron Diaz) discovers that her new squeeze has a wife named “Kate” (Leslie Mann) tucked away in a huge house in the burbs! And then they find him playing at the beach with yet another gorgeous–and very young–GalPal named “Amber” (Kate Upton) — Eek! Punishing duplicitous “Mark” (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) begins […]

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TANZANIA: A JOURNEY WITHIN

What begins as a light, tourist trip to Beautiful East Africa (Dar es Salaam! Mount Kilimanjaro!) turns more serious when a sunny American named Kristen Kenney follows her African friend Venance Ndibalema home & discovers the realities of poverty & disease in his ancestral village. Director Sylvia Caminer jumps right in, so what we learn about Kristen […]

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AUTHORS ANONYMOUS

Egos clash when one of the members of a writing group has sudden success. Alas, this potentially funny premise is badly bungled. Weighed down by stereotypical characters none of the talented cast members have room to grow, altho Dennis Farina (in his final film role) does have a few moments as a guy who decides […]

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HALF THE ROAD

Full Title = Half the Road: The Passion, Pitfalls & Power of Women’s Professional Cycling Half the Road is a well-told case study which, by shining one bright light, unpacks the “Pentagram of Blame”–Officials, Race Directors, Sponsors & Male-Dominated Media–holding women back in almost every field of endeavor. Kudos to athlete, journalist & now filmmaker […]

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SOFT IN THE HEAD

Opens tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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A FRAGILE TRUST

NYC-Shout Out: A Fragile Trust opens tomorrow (4/11/14) at the Quad Cinema on 13th Street just south of Union Station. Q&A sessions are planned all weekend with Samantha Grant & other guests. Click here for times & ticket information. ************************* Full Title = A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times ************************* […]

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DANCING IN JAFFA

Pierre Dulaine has achieved world-wide fame first as a Ballroom Dancer & later as a teacher who uses dance to transform the lives of troubled kids. Who knows why this works, but it seems to: Dulaine appeared as himself in a 2005 doc called Mad Hot Ballroom, and he was played by Antonio Bandaras (yowza!) […]

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HANK AND ASHA

NYC Shout-Out: Hank And Asha opens tomorrow (4/11/14) at the Village East Cinema on 2nd Ave & 12th Street. Q&A sessions are planned all weekend with Duff, Morrison & other guests. Click HERE for times & ticket information. ************************* Delightful dramedy done on a micro-budget by filmmakers James E. Duff & his wife/partner Julia Morrison (who co-wrote screenplay […]

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HATESHIP LOVESHIP

Two teenage girls (Sami Gayle and Hailee Steinfeld) play a nasty trick on a seemingly fragile housekeeper (Kristen Wiig) who turns out to have surprising inner resources. This delicate drama, directed by Liza Johnson, is based on a story by Canadian author Alice Munro (who just won the Nobel Prize for Literature in December 2013). […]

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DARK RIVER

World Premiere on Friday April 4th! From the WomenArts Website: Dark River: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story is a full-length opera by Mary Watkins about Fannie Lou Hamer, the daughter of sharecroppers who was one of the first African-Americans to register to vote in Mississippi.  She became a leader in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Mississippi Freedom […]

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FLEX IS KINGS

Opens tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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FRANKIE & ALICE

Opens tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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THE RAPE OF EUROPA

Opens tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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TALES OF US

Opens tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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WATERMARKS

Opens tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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REFUGE

“Amy” (Krysten Ritter) puts her dreams on hold so she can care for her younger siblings. But when she meets a drifter named “Sam” (Brian Geraghty), Amy wonders anew what she is meant to do with her life. Refuge is a lovely, low-key character study which makes excellent use of its Long Island location. Directed by […]

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