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UNCERTAIN TERMS

The tension-filled drama, centering on a home for pregnant teenagers, spends more time focusing on the marital woes of their 30-year-old handyman. Director Nathan Silver makes the story feel intimate – sometimes eerie – and beautifully brings the screenplay by Chloe Domont and Cody Stokes to life. But despite the setting and mood, there are […]

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WELCOME TO ME

Shira Piven directs this “Dark Comedy” about a mentally ill woman who wins the lottery and decides to use her sudden wealth to produce her own Oprah-esque TV show. Screenplay by Eliot Laurence. (JLH: 3/5) ************************* “Alice Klieg” (Kristen Wiig) is a very troubled lady. Diagnosed as mentally ill sometime in her teens, Alice has now entered […]

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WHITE GOD

Opens Fri in NYC. Review coming soon…

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WALTER

Opens Friday in NYC. Review coming soon…

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THE VOICES

Weird & wonderful Black Comedy directed by Marjane Satrapi. (JLH: 4/5) Not yet seen by Rich. ************************* Watching The Voices is like walking a tightrope, which director Marjane Satrapi pulls off brilliantly. This odd, hard-to-describe film is a touching tour de force – even when you’re laughing through your tears. The story begins in the seemingly perfect […]

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WE’LL NEVER HAVE PARIS

A guy carries an engagement ring around for years, but can’t quite bring himself to propose to his long time live-in girlfriend. Eventually she gives up, leaves town, and moves in with relatives in Paris. Once she’s gone, of course, he hops the next plane and shows up on her doorstep unannounced to beg for […]

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VESSEL

Opens tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon…

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WINTER SLEEP

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan and writer Ebru Ceylan’s Winter Sleep is a social drama of an Anatolian village. Aging landlord “Aydin” (Haluk Bilginer), his beautiful younger wife “Nihal” (Melisa Sözen), and his divorced sister “Necla” (Demet Akbag) languish in their hotel during its tourist off-season. They all believe themselves selfless people, and they pass their […]

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UNBROKEN

Opens today in NYC in limited release. Review coming soon.

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WATCHERS OF THE SKY

Edet Belzberg’s documentary Watchers of the Sky is a testament both to the victims and survivors of genocide and to the people fighting against it internationally. It opens with an emotionally fraught animated sequence of trees, hills, and thin silhouettes. Overlayed are the words of Dr. Raphael Lemkin, the first person to use the word […]

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WAITING FOR AUGUST

Dumb Jan: I thought I was watching a moving–albeit too tidy–feature about a Romanian family, but it turns out Waiting for August is a documentary! Now all my original objections are amplified. Seven kids stuck in a small apartment with no parents? “Fly-on-the-wall” doc suffers from Hawthorne Effect with heavily edited “heart-warming” footage. Sorry, but good intentions are […]

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WETLANDS

Although the filmmakers do a great job of keeping the tone light and the lead actress (Carla Juri) is extremely charismatic, the surface of this startling German coming-of-age film is gross and the core is filled with incredible pain. Bottom Line: Difficult to actually watch but rewards those who do. (JLH: 4/5) Click HERE for […]

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WEB JUNKIE

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WAR STORY

Well-intentioned, timely drama. A photojournalist (Keener) struggles to regain her footing after a traumatic assignment in Libya, but it takes way too long to figure out who she is, where she is, & how she finds herself in her current predicament. Film asks critical questions, but the filmmakers fail to fully utilize their enormously talented […]

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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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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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UNRELATED

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WALKING THE CAMINO

Opening tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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WATERMARKS

Opens tomorrow in NYC. Review coming soon.

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UNDER THE RAINBOW

Day Nine of the 2014 Rendez Vous with French Cinema French Title = Au bout du conte French comedy about searching for “Mr. Right” by 2 longtime collaborators: director Agnes Jaoui & her co-star/writing partner Jean-Pierre Bacri. Alas, so many offbeat characters were doing so many quirky little things that it was hard to find an actual plotline. […]

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VERONICA MARS

Fans of an old TV series literally “kick-started” their stars back for a new life on the Big Screen, but like a fast-food burger the result is over-processed, filled with junk, and totally without natural flavor. Directed by Rob Thomas & co-written with Diane Ruggiero (the creators of the original Veronica Mars TV series), the plot–such as […]

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THE WOMEN PIONEERS

DAY TWELVE OF THE 2014 NEW YORK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Fascinating doc by Michal Aviad (written by Aviad & Era Lapid) based on the actual diaries of the women who helped to found Kibbutz Ein Harod (located in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel). Arriving in the early 1920s, these were primarily educated women from […]

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WEDDING PALACE

Invites us to laugh at the travails of a Korean-American scion (Brian Tee) still haunted by an ancient family curse decades after the move to LA & also marvel at the beauty of modern Seoul by night. Humor & romance are equally broad, anchored by terrific set & costume design & cleverly crafted animated sequences plus […]

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WADJDA

9/25/13 UPDATE: It’s official! Saudi Arabia has named Wadjda as their candidate for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Make no mistake, readers, this is really big news!!! This superlative first feature by Haifaa Al Mansour (Saudi Arabia’s first female director) cleverly puts a spunky tween named “Wadjda” in the foreground, but the film […]

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UNA NOCHE

Brilliant first feature by Lucy Mulloy in which teenage “Lila” (Anailin de la Rue de la Torre) guides us around post-Fidel Havana as it rapidly deteriorates into a seedy Tourist Mecca desperate for dollars. When her brother “Elio” & his friend “Raul” begin to make plans to escape to Miami, Lila must decide if she has […]

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WISH YOU WERE HERE

Felicity Price (who also co-wrote screenplay) stars with Joel Edgerton in this terrific drama about an Australian couple who get in way over their heads while vacationing at a Cambodian beach resort. Action cross-cuts in time to draw us into “the mystery” after we have come to care about the characters, & cinematography & sound […]

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VENUS & SERENA

7/11/15 UPDATE: Huge congratulations to always amazing Serena Williams for winning her 6th Wimbledon Championship 🙂 Click here to read all the details of the match in the UK Independent’s article “Serena Williams defeats Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 to clinch a sixth Wimbledon title of her career” Per comments below, I knew very few details of either […]

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WHAT MAISIE KNEW

Maisie (Onata Aprile) is a resourceful kid accustomed to parental bickering, but she suffers when both parents (Julianne Moore & Steve Coogan) prove equally incapable of living within the terms of their joint custody agreement. Loosely based on a Henry James novel, the first half perfectly captures a child’s first person POV, but Grade A production values & […]

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WHERE DO WE GO NOW? Review by FF2 Media

Nadine Labaki’s breakout film Caramel was firmly set in contemporary Beirut, but her new film Where Do We Go Now? is magical realism. A mythical Lebanese village, surrounded by landmines, is dominated by one church & one mosque. Exhausted by intramural feuding & senseless death, the women of the village seek ways to distract their […]

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W.E.

Pampered “Wally Winthrop” (Abbie Cornish) has reached a crisis point in her marriage to a man she thought was Prince Charming. The year is 1998, and Wally seeks refuge at Sotheby’s New York at the precise moment in time when they are preparing for one of the biggest auctions in history: 44,000 items once owned […]

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