Currently Browsing: July 2016

EQUITY

Director Meera Menon’s slow moving financial drama Equity, brings us back to the familiar world of high-powered suits dominating Wall Street, but this time around, the suits in charge are the powerful women of investment banking. With commanding performances from Anna Gunn, Sarah Megan Thomas, and Alysia Reiner, Equity takes charge, delving into the perils […]

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INTO THE FOREST

From writer-director Patricia Rozema, Into the Forest is a story of sisters struggling to survive in – pause for suspense – the forest. Set in the near future, sisters “Nell” (Ellen Page) and “Eva” (Evan Rachel Wood) live in a society that has become increasingly reliant on electricity for basic survival. When an unidentified force […]

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MISS SHARON JONES!

Meant for a bedazzling golden sequin dress, Sharon Jones owns the stage as she stomps, and twirls, and sings with mighty strength after a nasty battle with cancer. If you don’t know this American soul and funk diva already, it’s not easy to forget her this time in Academy Award winning director, Barbara Kopple’s new […]

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NERVE

Hitting theaters in the height of the Pokémon Go craze, Nerve perfectly captures the thrill, danger and obsession with modern technology. Emma Roberts and Dave Franco star in the film adaptation of the 2012 novel, following a group of friends as they truth-or-dare their way through a high-stakes online video game. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by […]

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TALLULAH

Lu and her boyfriend Nico are living out of their van enjoying the thrills of life without attachments. But Lu’s life takes a drastic turn when Nico disappears, and she kidnaps a wealthy housewife’s toddler. Loosely based on writer/director Sîan Heder’s own experiences, Tallulah is the quirky tale of an independent vagabond who learns the […]

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VIRAL

Directed by Henry Just and Ariel Schulman and written by Christopher Landon and Barbara Marshall, Viral’s horror plays on the very real paranoia that sets in when discussion of new infectious diseases take over the news. When a parasitic infection takes over the United States, causing apocalyptic chaos, “Emma” (Sofia Black-D’Elia) and her sister “Stacey” […]

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ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS

Based on the British television sitcom of the same name, Absolutely Fabulous takes you on a fun-filled adventure with international PR guru “Edina Monsoon” (Jennifer Saunders) and her equally-stylish best friend, magazine editor “Patsy Stone” (Joanna Lumley). Although an enjoyable viewing for all audiences, fans of the show (which ran from 1992 to 1995 and […]

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THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER (2015)

Loosely based on Jean-Paul Sartre’s short story by the same name, The Childhood of a Leader, adapted by director Brady Corbet and his co-writer Mona Fastvold, tells the chilling tale of a young boy’s unnerving childhood, which includes a distant mother, and an absent, brutish father. But instead of Sartre’s story, which follows Lucien in […]

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SUMMERTIME (2015)

Catherine Corsini’s wonderful new film Summertime opens on a farm in rural Limousin (France) in 1971. Soon enough, though, the main character–Delphine–moves to Paris, where she falls in love with Carole (a woman who is older, better educated, and much more sophisticated). Carole is in a long-term heterosexual relationship, but as a committed feminist, she also feels compelled […]

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DON’T BLINK – ROBERT FRANK

If you are looking for something that transcends the life of an artist, something that reveals the vulnerabilities of the quintessential photographer/filmmaker, Laura Israel’s Don’t Blink – Robert Frank is not that film. However, if those are what you seek, Robert Frank is not the guy to look into either. Resembling some of Mr. Frank’s […]

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GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

Why is Ghostbusters 2016 so important? Thoughts from Peier Tracy Shen  There are of course more important reasons to watch GB16. And that’s kind of the elephant in the room, especially with the recent news about Leslie Jones, who was subjected to twitter abuses. The Internet trolling (rampant, in fact, ever since the movie was announced) only reflects […]

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GHOSTBUSTERS Boston

I don’t know what it’s like to have grown up with the original Ghostbusters, but I do know what it’s like to love a movie for its pure fun and to take comfort in going back to it. To me, that feeling explains the excitement surrounding Paul Feig’s 2016 Ghostbusters, a fittingly zany new story […]

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GHOSTBUSTERS Chicago

If you ask me who I’m gonna call after seeing Ghostbusters, my answer will be Kate McKinnon. Every time. (GEP: 4/5) Social Media Manager Georgiana E. Presecky  Hooray for Kate McKinnon! The Saturday Night Live cast member steals Paul Feig and Katie Dippold’s remake of the beloved 1984 original. Her delightfully whacky engineer, Jillian Holtzman, is a […]

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GHOSTBUSTERS LA

I ain’t afraid of no ghost girls. Katie Dippold and Paul Feig’s remake of Ivan Reitman’s ‘80s classic offers up a funny, enjoyable ride through the green-slimed streets of New York City. Although the special effects create a fun movie-going experience, it’s the real-life comedians and surprising cameos that make Ghostbusters a fun holdover during Saturday […]

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GHOSTBUSTERS NYC

Ghostbusters 2016 (aka GB16) is manna from heaven in the multiplex dessert. Most women don’t want to live in a world without men, or be “better” than men (whatever that might mean); we just want equality. Equality means telling our stories, making fools of ourselves, and cheering women on when they grab for the brass ring. Equality means more representation […]

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HOOLIGAN SPARROW

Watching Hooligan Sparrow, it is impossible not to think “This is what documentary filmmaking is all about!” Director Nanfu Wang courageously exposes the trials and danger that woman’s rights activist Ye Hiang (aka “Sparrow”) faces in daily life in China. Through the moments it captures–and perhaps more importantly, the moments it fails to capture–Nanfu Wang’s […]

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THE INFILTRATOR

U.S. Customs official “Robert Mazur” (Bryan Cranston) infiltrates the world’s largest cartel to expose an international money-laundering scheme. Based on true events, screenwriter Ellen Sue Brown delivers a compelling narrative—although the convoluted plot at times distracts from the action. Nonetheless, The Infiltrator, directed by Brad Furman, is one to watch for fans of the crime […]

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AT THE FORK

From husband-wife team John and Lisa Papola, At The Fork is an educational documentary about the exploitation of farm animals and the disconnect between these “living, thinking beings” and the meat on our plates. The film’s strengths lie in information provided by its featured farmers and less in its saccharine attempts to evoke sympathy in its […]

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INDIAN POINT

Is nuclear energy sustainable? Is it safe? Is it worth the risks associated with it? These are the important questions that Ivy Meeropol poses in her new documentary Indian Point. Not only does Meeropol ask these questions, but Indian Point also seeks to give its audience deep views into the considerations and issues that must be taken into […]

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MEN GO TO BATTLE

It ain’t right. Something is missing. Either a plot or a spirit. Whatever it is takes away the merits of the set, the costume, and the camera. Despite the heroic feat to film a civil war movie on a limited budget, Men Go to Battle leaves little impression. Nobody is against a slow-moving picture on […]

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THE MERMAID

China’s biggest box office winner tackles the subject of pollution and the ever-present and continuous threat it poses to our world. Director Stephen Chow and a team of screenwriters, including Miu-Kei Ho and Ivy Kong, use fantastical elements to drive home the importance of this issue, interweaving a romantic storyline throughout, between a powerful businessman […]

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NORMAN LEAR JAVOY

Directed by Oscar-nominated documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is a chronicle of Norman Lear (one of the greatest television producers and writers that has ever lived). Now 94 years old, Lear changed the game of prime-time television in the 1970s. Ewing and Grady break the fourth wall […]

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