Currently Browsing: June 2014

FONZY

French guy named “Diego” (José Garcia) donates sperm under the name “Fonzy” only to discover 18 years later that he not only has over 500 biological children, but 130+ have petitioned the court to learn his identity. Apparently this is a French remake — adapted by director Isabelle Doval — of an award-winning Canadian feature […]

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THE AMAZING CATFISH

Opening today in NYC. Review coming soon.

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HANNA’S JOURNEY

Berlin Yuppy “Hanna Eggert” (Karoline Schuch) cynically takes a career-advancing assignment in Tel Aviv which turns her well-ordered life inside out. By opening herself up to both past and present, Hanna’s future possibilities take on whole new dimensions. Inspired by a novel by Theresa Bäuerlein, director Julia von Heinz (collaborating with screenwriter John Quester) has crafted […]

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HELLION

The visceral Texas-based drama Hellion by new feature filmmaker Kat Candler feels like her first outing, with plot holes and a dull second act not compensating for the strong acting and a unique shooting style. Hellion centers on 13-year-old delinquent Jacob and his little brother, Wes, dealing with their emotionally absent father, Hollis. Jacob and Hollis […]

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I AM I

I Am I begins with a parallel of two characters: writer/director Jocelyn Towne as “Rachel,” reeling from the loss of her mother Sarah and “Gene,” (Kevin Tighe) an elderly man in a nursing home. We get to know both of them from the feet up, with the camera alternating back and forth between the two of […]

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NAN GOLDIN

Full Title = Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face Opening today in NYC. Review coming soon.

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BURNING BUSH

With USA credits like TREME & THE WIRE, it was logical for HBO Europe to turn to Oscar-nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland to create this tense mini-series about the Soviet crackdown on Czechoslovakia in 1968. Now being released in the USA as a feature film, Burning Bush focuses on the complex consequences after a student […]

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When You Wish…

When you wish upon a star, be careful what you wish for. Or as Meryl Streep said to Robert Redford in Out of Africa: “When the Gods want to punish you, they answer your prayers.” When I moved to Brooklyn in the Fall of 2012, I made a personal commitment to review ALL films opening in […]

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BURNING BLUE

A well-intentioned, albeit oblique, tale of two Navy fighter pilots who find themselves in the midst of a forbidden relationship during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era, throwing their lives and careers into disarray. Directed by DMW Greer with a screenplay by Helene Kvale. (JLH: 3.5/5) Click HERE for our FF2 Haiku. Not yet seen by Rich. […]

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CITIZEN KOCH

Opening tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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DORMANT BEAUTY

Opening tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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THE MOMENT

Opening tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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OBVIOUS CHILD

As “Donna,” Jenny Slate is a cookbook version of a New-York-Jewish-Girl: by day she works in an Indie bookstore while at night she performs in a rundown comedy club. Donna may have lousy luck with men, but her indulgent friends think she is brilliant, and her supportive parents offer her the illusion of independence (no […]

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THE ONLY REAL GAME

Opening tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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SMALL SMALL THING

Opening tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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SUPERMENSCH

Opening tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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WALKING THE CAMINO

Opening tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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ELENA

Decades after her death, filmmaker Petra Costa is still mourning the loss of her beloved sister Elena. This is a heartbreaking premise and the documentary begins with all the promise embodied in these two young –and extremely beautiful — Brazilian-born women.  But even tho there seems to be a compelling family backstory, Costa chooses not […]

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LUCKY THEM

Toni Collette plays a music critic for a hip Seattle magazine who is nudged by her editor (Oliver Platt) to “solve a mystery” by finding an old star — and former lover — who has long since disappeared. Megan Griffiths’ new film has so many promising elements that I should love it… but watching it was […]

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MALEFICENT

Angelina Jolie is magnificent in this Disney remake of Sleeping Beauty, a classic fairy tale now told anew from the POV of the female villain (the eponymous “Maleficent”). Kudos to screenwriter Linda Woolverton (who also gave us the screenplays for Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King etc), as well as Robert Stromberg (a first-time director who […]

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NIGHT MOVES (2013)

In Kelly Reichardt’s wonderful new film (co-written with Jonathan Raymond), three people who want to do “something” about Global Warming end up creating harm in their local community and disaster in their own lives. Delicate exploration of the razor’s edge between intentions and outcomes in our our highly interconnected 21st Century world. What has happened to […]

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