Currently Browsing: June 2017

THE BEGUILED (2017): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

NOTE: This review of Sofia Coppola’s film The Beguiled is written from the POV of someone coming to the material for the second time. Jan saw the 1971 version starring Clint Eastwood, Elizabeth Hartman & Geraldine Page sometime in the way back when, and she watched this Don Siegel version again this week after last […]

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ALL THE RAGE (SAVED BY SARNO): Review by Brigid Presecky

Directors Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley and David Beilinson delve into Dr. John Sarno’s belief system that physical pain is at the root of the human psyche. With celebrity patients like Larry David and Howard Stern, All the Rage (Saved by Sarno) keeps viewers engaged with an engrossing, argumentative look at an alternative to modern medicine. […]

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THE BAD BATCH (2016): Review By Katusha Jin

Directed and written by Ana Lily Amirpour, The Bad Batch is her second feature after the acclaimed A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. The Bad Batch tells the story of a world that is built by those who are unwanted, who have no choice but to live in a wasteland in a society of cannibals. (KIZJ: 3/5)

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THE BEGUILED (2017): Review by Jessica Perry

NOTE: This review of Sofia Coppola’s film The Beguiled is written from the POV of someone coming to the material for the first time. Jessica has not [yet] seen the 1971 version starring Clint Eastwood, Elizabeth Hartman & Geraldine Page. For more from the POV of someone who has seen the 1971 version, click HERE […]

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THE BIG SICK (2017): Review by Elyse Thaler

The Big Sick, written by real life husband and wife team Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, is based on the true story of how “Kumail” (as himself) met and fell in love with “Emily” (Zoe Kazan) while performing stand-up in Chicago. They begin their love story, but secrets and Kumail’s obligation to his parents […]

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GOOD FORTUNE (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

“Success unshared, is failure.” That’s John Paul DeJoria’s motto, and Good Fortune, Rebecca Harrell Tickell’s profile on this entrepreneur and humanitarian, proves that “JP” is as good as his word. While the overall message of the film, that capitalism can be reformed if every rich businessperson makes JP’s same contributions, is very flawed, taken as […]

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IN TRANSIT (2015): Review by Georgi Presecky

In Transit is a compelling documentary from Lynn True, Nelson Walker and Albert Maysles that examines the lives of passengers on a long-distance train trip. (GEP: 5/5) Review by Social Media Manager Georgiana E. Presecky The intrinsic value of the ABC drama Lost was its central idea: that strangers on a plane could crash on a […]

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HARE KRISHNA! (2017): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Full Title: Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement and the Swami Who Started It All A well known religious group, the Hare Krishnas have been criticized for cult-like behavior, though they have also been lauded for their rejection of materialism which contributed to the 60s countercultural movement. I found it boring, and the treatment of […]

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ROUGH NIGHT (2017): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

Looking for a night of fun, friends, and pandemonium? Then Rough Night is an absolute must-see. Written by Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, and directed by Lucia Aniello, this is the story of what happens when you mix five best friends, drugs, and jealousy into a bachelorette party, which goes horribly, horribly wrong in […]

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PRAY FOR RAIN (2017): Review by Stephanie Taylor

Feisty New York fashion reporter “Emma” (Annabelle Stephenson) returns to gang-infested Central Valley, California after her mother “Olivia” (Jane Seymour) delivers the news of her father’s death. Determined to find out more details on his passing and the town’s severe drought, Emma begins her detailed investigation. Writers Christina Moore and Gloria Musca fill their story […]

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MAUDIE (2016): Review by Elly Levenson

In this understated BioPic, director Aisling Walsh and screenwriter Sherry White explore the dark circumstances that served as the starting point for the paintings of Maud Lewis. Though not well-known [yet] in the USA, Lewis –who lived her entire life in Nova Scotia — is one of Canada’s most beloved regional artists. (EML: 3.5/5) Review by […]

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LOST IN PARIS (2016): Review by Rachel Kastner

A beautifully colorful and artistically whimsical film, Lost In Paris enchants the eyes, ears and hearts of its viewers –never allowing a second of screen time to be mundane. From directors Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, this film comes to share a novel love story: the one where two socially awkward people find love. Too […]

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CARS 3 (2017): Review by Georgi Presecky

The people who were young when Pixar released Cars in 2006 aren’t kids anymore, and screenwriters Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson and Mike Rich drive that notion home in Cars 3. (Get it? Drive?) The third film in this underrated franchise has veteran racer Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) pondering his next move as he finds himself […]

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ASCENT (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Director Fiona Tan presents a photo-film meditation on Mount Fuji, which she narrates in character as a woman mourning the death of her partner. She walks us through Mount Fuji’s cultural significance to Japan, its physical terrain, and the awesome destructive power at rest within it. Ascent is a visual essay on grief and mortality. […]

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MEGAN LEAVEY (2017): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Kate Mara gives a beautifully modulated performance as a young woman who finds her life’s purpose as a member of the US Marine Corp’s K-9 unit. Partnered with Rex — a ferocious German Shepherd who is as much a canine misfit as Megan is a human misfit — Megan goes to Iraq, saves lives, wins medals, and finds her […]

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