EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lost City of Z’ Director James Gray Talks Classic Filmmaking, Influences and Making a Modern Epic

2017 San Francisco International Film Festival: Director James Gray has made his most masterful film yet in “Lost City of Z,” seamlessly blending classic adventure epic storytelling tropes, alluring drama and Shakespearean tragedy with progressive and timely ideologies. Gray is no stranger to making epic movies in scope and scale while also staying loyal to […]

SFIFF Review: ‘Infinity Baby’ Is a Hilarious and Absurdist Allegory Grounded by Pressing Sociopolitical Issues

2017 San Francisco International Film Festival: “Infinity Baby” is writer Onur Tukel and director Bob Byington’s vision of a “not-so-distant” Orwellian future in which abortion is illegal and stem cell research on fetuses has no government regulation. The title has several meanings: it refers to the company within the story that ties each character together, the […]

2017 Cannes Film Festival Lineup – Lots of Nicole Kidman and ‘Wonderstruck’

The lineup was announced today for the Cannes Film Festival, where we’ll get our first looks and reactions to several films that may be vying for Oscar attention this year. Some of the notables include the Opening Night film “Ismael’s Ghosts” from Arnaud Desplechin and starring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard. Todd Haynes’ highly anticipated […]

SFIFF Review: ‘Lost City of Z’ Is a Visually and Narratively Poetic Throwback to Classic Filmmaking

2017 San Francisco International Film Festival: Writer and director James Gray‘s (“The Immigrant,” “Two Lovers,” “We Own the Night”) “Lost City of Z” continues his knack for old-fashioned filmmaking, both in its themes and the style in which his film was shot. Gray has used 35mm film on every single one of his films, and he […]

SFIFF Review: ‘Marjorie Prime’ Explores the Ethical Issues of Applying Emerging AI Technologies

2017 San Francisco International Film Festival: Every once in a while, a barely science fiction-drama blend gem will come along, subtly exploring large issues. “Marjorie Prime” is one of those films. A popular subject of early sci-fi films, virtual and augmented reality technology now exists in the world we live in, albeit in its early stages of […]

SFIFF Review: ‘Landline’ Is Another Gem From Auteur Gillian Robespierre

2017 San Francisco International Film Festival: “Landline” is writer and director Gillian Robespierre’s highly anticipated follow-up to her critically well-received directorial debut, “Obvious Child.” Robespierre keeps the artistic integrity of her first feature with the same creative team behind “Obvious Child,” with Elisabeth Holm returning as a co-screenwriter and Jenny Slate (who burst onto the silver […]

2017 Montclair Film Festival Line-Up Announced – Featuring John Turturro, Bill Nye, FAKE NEWS Panel

MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 PROGRAM   John Turturro, Bill Nye to join Stephen Colbert in the festival’s 2017 Conversation Series, presented by Audible   Zoe Lister-Jones (BAND AID), Michael Angarano & Ari Graynor (AVENUES), Stanley Nelson (TELL THEM WE ARE RISING), Jean Doumanian (UNA), Dolores Huerta (DOLORES), Steve James (ABACUS), Bettye LaVette (AMERICAN EPIC […]

EXCLUSIVE: Mike Ott and Cory Zacharia Discuss ‘California Dreams’ – See it at SXSW!

2017 Berlin Critics’ Week: The ambitious docufiction, “California Dreams,” which is already garnering critical praise, debuted in Berlin. I had a chance to interview director Mike Ott and the film’s star, Cory Zacharia, who, essentially, played himself in the film. We discussed where the documentary ended and the fiction began, Ott’s influence for this idea, […]

AUTFEST Film Festival Lineup; BEN AFFLECK & PIXAR Filmmakers to Be Honored

Los Angeles, Mar. 8, 2017 – AutFest, the first film festival solely dedicated to an autistic audience and filmmakers, today announced its official program selections for its first annual film festival celebrating autism awareness “from spectrum to screen.” Presented by The Autism Society, AutFest will screen over 10 feature films and short films that promote […]

2017 Tribeca Film Festival

CHECK OUT: 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Lineup Announced

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival lineup was announced Thursday, and the slate is as diverse as ever. The full list can be viewed below, but some standouts include: “Aardvark” featuring Jenny Slate and Jon Hamm; Michael Winterbottom‘s ‘The Trip To Spain‘ with Steven Coogan and Rob Brydon; Max Winkler‘s new film “Flower“; the Ed Helms-starring comedy “The Clapper” […]

EXCLUSIVE: An Interview With the Cast of Amazon’s ‘Patriot’ – Start Binging Today!

2017 Berlin International Film Festival: As part of a relatively new segment of The Berlinale, Amazon’s much-anticipated new series, “Patriot” had its international premiere at the prestigious festival. I had a chance to sit down with Kurtwood Smith, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Chernus and Michael Dorman, as we discussed their characters, careers, social media savviness (or lack […]

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SXSW Announces ‘Life’ With Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds as Closing Night Film

South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals announced the World Premiere of “Life,” directed by Daniel Espinosa, as its Closing Night Film on March 18. Columbia Pictures and Skydance’s “Life” is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when […]

Berlinale Review: ‘Logan’ Redefines a Tired Genre by Diminishing Excesses and Finding Its Humanity

2017 Berlin International Film Festival: A visceral, violent, sensitive and heartbreaking film, “Logan” overwhelmingly exceeds the hype. James Mangold‘s second entry into the standalone “Wolverine” franchise marks Hugh Jackman‘s last time dawning the now-iconic adamantium claws. The tone of “Logan” is set immediately, with the film’s setting portrayed as a barren, post-apocalyptic wasteland in the year […]