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If you spent the 2016 election season trying to wrap your head around the surreal circus that passed for political campaigning, just imagine actually participating in it while studying for exams. Such was the situation for the students of Townsend Harris High School in Queens, which since 1996 has included in its curriculum an as-close-to-real-life-as-possible Election Simulation. Fortunately, filmmakers Alexandra Stergiou and Lexi Henigman were there to capture it all. On one side is Russian-American Daniel, aka Trump, trying to focus on making America great again instead of grabbing women by the pussy. On the other, there’s Pakistani-American Misbah, aka [...]
Fri, Nov 09, 2018
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The Blessing, the latest from the Emmy Award-winning team of Hunter Robert Baker and Jordan Fein, is the story of a Navajo coal miner and single dad as well as his teenage daughter, who navigate life on their reservation in northern Arizona. Other than Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside’s stealthy stunner América, I can’t think of another documentary I’ve seen this year in which the simplest of premises yields such an emotional powder keg. The film’s a nearly Shakespearean drama, one in which a deeply religious father is forced to choose between sacrilege (taking part in the destruction of his [...]
Fri, Nov 09, 2018
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Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin’s IFP-supported The Providers is a film I regrettably left off my must-see list at Full Frame, most likely because a doc that follows a doctor, a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant serving rural communities abandoned by our traditional (and traditionally broken) healthcare system sounded like something that might put this liberal urbanite to sleep. But in one of those lucky film fest coincidences, I ended up chatting with the doc’s co-director Laura Green on the ride back to the Raleigh-Durham airport, and mentioned I was returning to Santa Fe. Which is both a drive away [...]
Fri, Nov 09, 2018
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This second installment in J.K. Rowling’s series about a “magizoologist” is so freighted with foreboding that even the would-be whimsy feels leaden. [...]
Thu, Nov 08, 2018
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As a documentary addict who probably attends more nonfiction festivals than can be considered sane, I’m always on the lookout for reasons why I shouldn’t wait for Netflix. And this year’s 9th edition of DOC NYC (November 8th – 15th) is chockfull of one-of-a-kind events. With that in mind, here are just five of my picks for getting off the couch and into the theater. Documentary Now! Presents Original Cast Album: Co-op Not only are creators Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas two of the big names expected to attend this Centerpiece Presentation, it’s a world premiere. You’ll be able to [...]
Wed, Nov 07, 2018
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With riveting performances in films such as Hell or High Water, The Messenger and 3:10 to Yuma, Ben Foster established himself as an intensely serious actor who goes all-in for a role. With this year’s Leave No Trace, Foster takes that same intensity and brilliantly turns it inward, portraying a laconic veteran who suffers from PTSD and survives in the woods of Oregon with his teenage daughter, played by Thomasin McKenzie. Foster talks about working with McKensie to establish the connection they needed, why he took performance enhancing drugs to play Lance Armstrong, and the “emotional erectile disfunction” of over-directing. [...]
Tue, Nov 06, 2018
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The 21st SCAD Savannah Film Festival (October 27 – November 3) featured a strikingly eclectic abundance of Specialty Series discussions and workshops this year. There was “In Conversation” (one with Barry Jenkins, another with Armie Hammer), a three-part Below the Line Panel Series (Casting, Costume Design and Production Design), and Animation Corner: Art in Motion. There was also the TV Sidebar (Starz’s Outlander was the focus, with creators and cast from the show in town — even a costume exhibit at the SCAD Museum of Art), and a Writers Guild of America-affiliated program (Writers on Writing: The Front Runner featured [...]
Tue, Nov 06, 2018
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Filmmaker David Lynch on Tuesday issued an open letter to President Trump to clarify a quote the president and his supporters have latched onto in recent days. [...]
Tue, Jun 26, 2018
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NATALIE Portman reveals what she did to become arguably the most famous First Lady of them all in Jackie. [...]
Wed, Jan 11, 2017
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REVIEW: Natalie Portman’s mesmerising performance of Jackie Kennedy in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination is one for the books. [...]
Wed, Jan 11, 2017
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IT attracted Oscar-worthy talents Helen Mirren, Will Smith and Kate Winslet, but Edward Norton admits he wanted no part of new film Collateral Beauty. [...]
Wed, Jan 11, 2017
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SIENNA Miller knew the sex scenes for her latest film would be intense, but she says she really didn’t think her co-star Ben Affleck would go this far. [...]
Tue, Jan 10, 2017
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NATALIE Portman may as well start polishing up a spot on the mantelpiece next to her first Oscar because she is absolutely transcendent in Jackie. [...]
Tue, Jan 10, 2017
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REVIEW: The lead character might be pigeon-toed, but the team behind Ballerina have animated this ‘toon with the sure-footed grace of a gazelle. [...]
Sat, Jan 07, 2017
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REVIEW: Embarrassing slapstick, terrible dialogue and an annoying gang of minor characters leaves us with little to laugh about in Railroad Tigers. [...]
Sat, Jan 07, 2017
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