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Winter's Tale

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Celebrated screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind and I Am Legend) turns to novelist Mark Helprin for his first effort at the helm. Winter’s Tale is pure fantasy; the story of Peter Lake (C  

Iranian Filmmaker Boldly Explores Emotional Minefield

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In America, our notion of family has always adhered to simplistic models. The ideal was nuclear — husband, wife and two children, preferably a boy and a girl.  

The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Italian representative in the Best Foreign Language pool of nominees from writer-director Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place and Il Divo) sets its sights on Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo)  

The Lego Movie

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Recently, a creeping bias has taken hold of me concerning the state of animated features. Because of the creative stranglehold of the Disney-Pixar model, I’ve cooled somewhat to the sterility of  

The Monuments Men

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
George Clooney’s latest multi-hyphenate effort skipped the over-crowded awards season of 2013, which means that its arrival now stands as a treat for adult audiences starved for something other   

Vampire Academy

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Apparently modern teen vampire tales haven’t quite been put to rest, because Vampire Academy swoops in with its rigid divide between the peaceful Moroi, who live quietly among us, and the Strigo  

A Critic's Guide to the Thought-Provoking Bests of the 2014 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
When the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival kicks off Saturday at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion with a screening of The Yellow Ticket, the event will signal an immersive merging of old and new...  

That Awkward Moment

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Romantic comedy screenwriters want us to believe that love is full of cute challenges, those inconsequential moments blown out of proportion, awaiting simple, declarative resolutions on the path  

Bodice-Ripping Melodrama Spoils 'Labor Day'

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Whip-smart dark comedy has been a signature thus far in the career of writer-director Jason Reitman, who kicked things off by skewering the marketing/promotional efforts of the tobacco industry (and American society as a whole) in Thank You for Smoking.  

I, Frankenstein

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The Hollywood monster mash-up continues with I, Frankenstein, but at least this time out co-screenwriter and director Stuart Beattie (recognized for the characters in the Pirates of the Caribbean fran