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NYFF Film Review: ‘Moonlight’ Captures Urban Truth in a Masterful Manner

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2016: A magnificent portrait of urban life, Barry Jenkins‘ astounding “Moonlight” captures the essence of a generation. Acting as urban cinema’s “Brokeback Mountain” and “Boyhood,” it’s as if we got to see “Ennis” and “Mason” grow up in a different culture and era. In this case, it’s even more powerful and profound. […]

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NYFF Film Review: ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Soars on Wit, Humor and Heart

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2016: What a joyous, funny and moving portrait of man. “I, Daniel Blake” from director Ken Loach ravishes and lives in the mind and hearts of its characters, holding tightly the raw and emotional power that they bestow upon their world. The centerpiece is that of the two invigorating performances from its stars […]

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Film Review: ‘Other People’ Offers a Sensitive and Beautiful Tale With Molly Shannon Shining

First-time director Chris Kelly‘s sensitive and thoughtful “Other People” is one of the year’s most joyous surprises. Smart, subtle, and utterly heart-wrenching, Kelly constructs an exceptional dramedy that touches all the senses. Boasting two sensational performances from stars Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon, it’s one of the best independent features to hit screens this year. […]

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Oscar Circuit: Could Viola Davis See a Best Supporting Actress Campaign?

In a world where the internet explodes with rage over the negative feedback over “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” or the latest incoherent thought from a presidential candidate that gets his hair disheveled on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” we approach the point in the early awards season where film campaigns begin to […]

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OSCARS: Season Kicks Off With Contenders at Telluride and Venice

2016 OSCAR CIRCUIT: The Oscar season officially kicked off this past weekend with Telluride and Venice, and now we’re sifting through the debris and the noise. A lot of leading contenders are pleading their cases for what is sure to be an exciting and unpredictable awards season. Venice kicked things off with “La La Land” […]

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Critics Choice: First set of predictions for the first major awards show

Continuing our weekly trend of not just predicting the Oscars, but all the major guilds, we move on to the Critics Choice Awards.  Hosted by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the 21-year-old group (guess now it can start drinking) has been a strong barometer for the Academy Awards.  While internet chatter can criticize the group […]

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Film Review: ‘The Light Between Oceans’ has class but falters the message of love

A film full of class, and one of the most aesthetically beautiful films to grace the screens this year, Derek Cianfrance’s “The Light Between Oceans” manages some tender and enchanting moments.  With that said, it stumbles and falters in certain executions of character motivation and generic story structure.  Cianfrance has performed remarkably well in his other […]

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Oscar Circuit: An Original Raunchy Song Contender and Meryl Streep’s 20th?

With outlets packing their bags, and securing their itineraries in order to head off to Venice and Telluride, the August cinematic landscape has rounded out an enjoyable summer.  This past weekend, the R-rated “Sausage Party” cooked up some impressive money over the weekend.  The raunchy gem, directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, emerged itself […]