Currently Browsing: July 2014

VERY GOOD GIRLS

Wonderful film. Terrible title. Dakota Fanning does a brilliant job of bringing the main character – a teenage girl named Lilly – to vivid life on screen. (JLH: 4/5) Review by FF2 Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner (with two cents from both Associate Editor Brigid Presecky & Contributing Editor Jessica Perry added at the very […]

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A FIVE STAR LIFE

Opens 7/18/14 in NYC. Review coming soon…

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I, ORIGINS

Opens 7/18/14 in NYC. Review coming soon…

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SEX TAPE

“Jay” (Jason Segal) & “Annie” (Cameron Diaz) send their kids to grandma one night, then record themselves working their way thru all the moves in THE JOY OF SEX… only to realize in the morning that they have inadvertently uploaded their tape into cyberspace. Rich only saw the crude in this, but Jan thought she detected […]

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CRISTO REY

(JLH: 3/5) Not yet seen by Rich. ********************************************** Cristo Rey tells the story of “Janvier,” (James SaintiL) the son of a Dominican man and Haitian immigrant woman, living in the culturally mixed neighborhood of Santo Domingo. Thanks to his half-heritage from his father “Món,” (Arturo Lopez) who fathers sons from previous marriage, Janvier is allowed […]

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MATEO

In this tense, terrific drama from Colombia, teenage Mateo and his mother, Made (pronounced Mah-Day), find themselves in the grip of poverty. Made, working tirelessly to keep her son safe from urban warfare, knows there are no short cuts, so she collaborates with other women at a local laundry to open a lime orchard. (JLH: […]

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THE SUMMER OF THE FLYING FISH

2014 “LATIN BEAT” at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Review coming soon…

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues the saga of nature versus nurture in Matt Reeves’ emotionally charged metaphor of a film.  (JLH <3 /5)  Click HERE for our FF2 Haiku. ************************* Review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (directed by […]

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LAND HO!

Land Ho!, a road-trip film for Seniors by Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens, finds one-time brothers-in-law “Mitch” (Earl Lynn Nelson) and “Colin” (Paul Eenhoorn) journeying to Iceland on a fantasy vacation in search of booze, broads and beautiful scenery. (JLH: 2.5/5) Click HERE for our FF2 Haiku. NOT YET SEEN BY RICH. ************************* Colin and […]

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Joanna Hogg: Brava!

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BEYOND THE EDGE

Beyond the Edge commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the conquest Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary (of New Zealand) and Tenzing Norgay (of Nepal). This Leanne Pooley-directed film about their treacherous journey up the mountain is interesting for its historical details, albeit lackluster in excitement and suspense. Notably missing is an answer to the question: […]

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GABRIELLE

Wonderful French Canadian film by writer/director Louise Archambault about a high-functioning, developmentally disabled woman (Marion-Rivard). Now 22, Gabrielle wants her loved ones to respect her need for some autonomy – including love – in her life. Serious yet upbeat, and full of gorgeous music provided by Canadian Superstar Robert Charlebois. (JLH: 4.5/5) Click HERE for […]

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ME AND YOU

Opens in NYC today. Review coming soon.

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TAMMY

Oh, my. Regular readers know I wasn’t a big fan of Bridesmaids, but I liked The Heat a whole lot. So in spite of the previews (which I saw again and again for weeks on end), I was hoping for the best. Alas Tammy is an embarrassing mess. It honestly breaks my heart to say […]

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WRINKLES

This touching and life-affirming animated film centers on friendship, resistance and life set in an elderly care facility. Goya award-winner for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Animated Film from Spain in 2012, Wrinkles is a wonderful film that deserves the high acclaim. (JLH: 4/5) Click HERE for our FF2 Haiku. Highly recommended by both me […]

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ARCHIPELAGO

In this scenic Joanna Hogg film, “Patricia” (Fahy) has brought her children to the island of Tresco (just off Cornwall) for yet another family vacation. But this time, despite the natural beauty she works hard to capture with her paint box, there is tension in the air. (JLH: 4/5) Click HERE for our FF2 Haiku. […]

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BOUND BY FLESH

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EXHIBITION

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SCHEHERAZADE’S DIARY

Zeina Daccache is a Lebanese Drama Therapist who took cameras into a Beirut prison where she filmed women who were accused of crimes, and then held for years with no trial dates, and therefore no convictions. Meanwhile their children grow up with no mother, and their mothers grow old without the support of their daughters. […]

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SIDDHARTH

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UNRELATED

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YVES SAINT LAURENT

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