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The 33

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Audiences will likely remember the real-life events surrounding the collapse of the gold and copper mine in Chile that trapped 33 miners underground for 69 horrific days.  

Our (Film) Brands in Crisis

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
A not-so-subtle shift has occurred in the film marketplace, calling into question the fundamental assumptions of the tacit arrangement between the studios and audiences. Call it a communication breakdown.  

Aziz Ansari ‘Masters’ Personal, Dark Comedy

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Since beloved comedy Parks and Recreation ended its seventh and final season earlier this year, fans have been jonesing for their Tom Haverford fix. With Master of None (Series Premiere Friday, Netflix) Ansari is back. But don’t expect any Haverford hijinks.  

Miss You Already

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Lifelong best friends Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore) have been co-stars in a long-running saga — The Milly Affair — which has been a Sex and the City-inspired account of Milly’s life as seen via Jess as the glorified hanger-on dragged into every frame.   

Of Men and War

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Born in Paris, France, filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard, a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Columbia University and a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, has long chronicled wartime narratives — in particular the war in Bosnia.  

The Peanuts Movie

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
The timing couldn’t be more perfect for this re-introduction to Charles M. Schultz’s loveable collection of underdogs — regular Everykids from a by-gone era — that have been able to capture and maintain a death-lock on our culture for decades.   

Spectre

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
After much debate about whether or not either of them was interested in making a return to the Bond franchise after scoring the largest hit of the long-running series with Skyfall, director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig signed up for Spectre.  

Suffragette

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
In the United States, most social/political movements tend to adopt non-violent means to further their causes, preferring to appeal to the goodwill of both adversaries and the undecided masses watching from the sidelines.   

A Ballerina's Tale

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2015
Misty Copeland, celebrated African-American ballerina (the first principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre), occupies cultural space alongside Serena Williams as a subject of debate when it comes to race and body image in our society.   

Burnt

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2015
Thanks to reality television, we have an appreciation for the celebrity chef as a troubled genius diva, which is exactly what director John Wells (August: Osage County) and screenwriter Steven Knight (The Hundred-Foot Journey) working from a story by Michael Kalesniko, give us in Burnt.   

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2015
Zombies have overtaken our televisions and our multiplexes, either as straight-up horror films, comedies or hybrids of the two.  

Hastily Searching for the ‘Truth’

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Screenwriter-turned-director James Vanderbilt (the two Amazing Spider-Man installments) sets his sights on the Mary Mapes account of the firestorm that erupted over the 60 Minutes report, back in 2004, on then-President George W. Bush’s military record.   

‘Beasts of No Nation’ Streams into New Frontier

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Beasts, the story of a young boy named Agu who is forcibly enlisted as a child warrior in the civil war of an unnamed African country under the brutal command of a fanatically charismatic figure known as the Commandant, is a mesmerizingly grim adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s novel.  

Halloween Vibes

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
With October 31 just around the corner, there’s plenty on TV to get you in the Halloween spirit.  

Higher Stakes Needed on ‘Bridge of Spies’

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I’ve spent all this time ruminating on De La Soul and Saving Private Ryan, I suppose, to highlight the fault I find with Spielberg’s latest film, Bridge of Spies, another historic film in his library of moving monuments to the pivotal events of our times.