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Amazonas Film Festival | "Xingu" by Cao Hamburger

Amazonas Film Festival | “Xingu” by Cao Hamburger

Amazonas Film Festival: discovering Xingu, exploring Brazil   Last week I had the good fortune of being invited to the 8th Annual Amazonas Film Festival in Manaus,Brazil. This city of 2 million in the heart of the Amazon was the venue for hundreds of feature films and shorts from countries as diverse as Iran,Kenya,France,Argentina and...
Almodovar | The Skin I Live In

Almodovar | The Skin I Live In

  Almodovar and Banderas Reunite Spanish maestro Pedro Almodovar reunites with Antonio Banderas for the first time in 21 years for “The Skin I Live In,” a thriller about spiritual imprisonment and identity. His latest raises provocative questions but lacks the tension of a true thriller.     Banderas play Dr. Ledgard, a brilliant cosmetic...
Film Review | Limelight

Film Review | Limelight

  If you were young and living in New York in the eighties and nineties then chances are you partied at one of Peter Gatien’s nightclubs. At his peak, Gatien owned and operated The Limelight, The Tunnel, The Palladium and Club USA, servicing over 50,000 customers in a single weekend, earning a hundred million dollars...
Film Review | Footloose

Film Review | Footloose

  Kevin Bacon became a star with the 1984 dance movie, “Footloose” and now, because it’s that good,Paramount has remade it starring Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, directed by Craig Brewer (“Hustle and Flow”). You would be forgiven if you expected “Footloose” to be unwatchable, but shockingly it is an adequate, if mindless, movie for...
Film Review | The Ides of March

Film Review | The Ides of March

  As awards season approaches and the presidential race heat up, “The Ides of March” has something for fans of both. Ryan Gosling plays Stephen Myers, number two campaign manager to Mike Morris, (George Clooney) a presidential candidate fighting for his life in the Ohio primary. And if you know your Roman history, you know...
FILM REVIEW | LITTLEROCK

FILM REVIEW | LITTLEROCK

A Japanese brother and sister’s car break down in the desert on their tour of the American west. Her name is Atsuko and she speaks no English. His name is Rintaro and he speaks a little. In the town of Littlerock, California, Atsuko falls in with a bunch of layabouts she relates to but cannot...
Film Review | Abduction

Film Review | Abduction

Taylor Lautner sure can act, you can tell by his abs. It is the most gifted part of him and, like fellow sophisticate, The Situation, he has made it his calling card. But in his new movie, “Abduction,” the only ab is in the title. A teenage take on “The Bourne Identity,” no matter how...
Film Review | Happy, Happy

Film Review | Happy, Happy

First-time filmmaker, Anne Sewitsky’s “Happy, Happy” got a whole lot happier recently when it was made the official Norwegian entry for a Best Foreign Film Oscar. But while this character dramady set in a frozen countryside has warmth and humanity with a subtle sense of humor, it’s hardly an Oscar film.   Kaia (Agnes Kittelsen)...
Film Review | Contagion

Film Review | Contagion

A Steven Soderbergh movie with a September release date could mean “Contagion” is being positioned for awards season. The director of trophy-magnets like “Erin Brockovich” and “Traffic” boasts an all-star cast in his latest, which might be a bit more than just a popcorn film. Then again, maybe not. “Contagion” employs cinematic expertise and thorough...
Film Review | The Help

Film Review | The Help

A young journalist begins work on her first book amid the tumult of the civil rights era. The black women who mind the genteel homes of Jackson, Mississippi, suffer the ignominy of racism in quiet dignity while their white employers take them for granted, belittling them behind their backs and to their faces. “The Help”...
Film Review | Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Film Review | Rise of the Planet of the Apes

How did it come to this – the Statue of Liberty planted on a Malibu beach? Apes overthrowing humanity and establishing a more peaceful (and possibly preferable) society? If these are questions keeping you up at night, go see the plodding and sometimes compelling “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Dr. Will Rodman (James...
Film Review | Bad Teacher

Film Review | Bad Teacher

  Bad Teacher Public education is in for a mauling in “Bad Teacher,” Jake Kasdan’s (son of legendary writer dicrector Lawrence) new comedy about an unscrupulous middle school educator driven by the high price of a boob job, a sugar daddy and a life on Easy Street. TAGLINE Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey who, when her...