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0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2015


A View From the Couch: White Male Anxiety

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I found myself tuning out a specious subset of the diversity debate regarding the most recent Academy Awards.  

Songwriter Doc Pomus Featured at ReelAbilities Film Festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2015
It’s been a long, slow journey for Doc Pomus — who died in 1991 without being widely known by the public — to become recognized as one of Rock & Roll’s greatest songwriters ever. But his cause has gained much momentum recently.  

Characters Make the ‘Second’ Stay Worth the Trip

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is all about the innumerable chances life offers, and the fierce fighting spirit that burns in us no matter the age or situation in which we find ourselves.  

David Cronenberg ‘Maps’ Out His Perverse History Onscreen

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Maps to the Stars shows what happens when a native like Cronenberg leads the way.  

New Documentary Explores What it Means to be a Working Artist

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The criterion of success for artists has always been more complex than for most other professions.   

‘Still Alice’ Captures the Fading of a Significant Light

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2015
A new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, as reported in Variety (Feb. 9), highlights the disparity between perception and reality in respect to women’s onscreen roles in Hollywood.   

Local Festival Offers Unified and Universal Narratives

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Audiences outside the scope of the mainstream studio system are sometimes forced to wander along the margins in search of familiar reflections of themselves, honing in on specific stories conceived and produced by members of their communities of origin.   

Local Festival Offers Unified and Universal Narratives

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Once again, the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival presents award-winning films born within the independent film scene and features appearances by filmmakers as well as special Q&A events with leading scholars in the region.  

Dardenne Brothers Offer a Raw Look at the Working Class

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Seemingly spent from months of pimping dozens of Oscar-season hopefuls, the big studios often try to hide their creatively challenged or otherwise flawed releases in the annual cinematic wasteland known as February.  

Overcoming ‘A Most Violent Year’

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Two ideas came to mind as I prepared to critically grapple with A Most Violent Year, the new film from J.C. Chandor (Margin Call and All Is Lost).   

Hailed ‘National Gallery’ Documentary Comes to CAM

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The year 2014 has been such a good one for feature films about the visual arts — both fictional and documentaries — that its offerings just won’t end.  

Watching and Interpreting the Lives of Others

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Selma captures the life and times of a movement distilled down to a chapter in one man’s journey.

The Future Is Now: A Sneak Peek at the Year

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2015
As a critic or cultural commentator, you are required to turn the page, flip the switch, or do whatever you have to do as quickly (and as smoothly) as possible when it comes to year end/new year coverage.   

The Top 10 Films of 2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 31, 2014
What you see is what you get, so the saying goes, and that sentiment certainly applies to this year’s list of the 10 best films.