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LA Film Festival Review: “Beyond the Gates” is where nostalgia effectively slays

There are some genres of films that get me instantly excited. Horror comedies just make my heart soar. It’s where the tortured comedic souls go to turn their twisted nightmares into almost farcical magical little films that the public hates because genre mashups “confuse them.” “Beyond the Gates” had all the makings of being a sinful […]

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Film Review: ‘The Conjuring 2’ uses the familiar to its advantage and its detriment

LAFF: Several years after helping the Perron family in Rhode Island, Ed and Lorraine Warren became household names when they investigated a haunting in Amityville, New York. It is through those familiar quarter round windows that The Conjuring 2 begins, in the house the Lutz family fled in 1976. Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) attempts to make contact […]

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LA Film Festival Review: ‘Political Animals’ gives a focused look at political LGBT strides

Everyone deserves a seat at the political table. That was the philosophy of the subjects of “Political Animals,” an engrossing new documentary about the four pioneering women who became the first openly gay elected state politicians – Carole Migden, Sheila Kuehl, Jackie Goldberg, and Christine Kehoe. The chronological tale seemed to naturally unfold as it […]

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LA Film Festival Review: ‘Chee and T’ come up bust

How many times have you seen “The Hangover?” The 2009 modern comedy classic seemed to have perfected the comedy subgenre of “taking care of your shit-show best friend.” As original a perspective as “Chee and T” wants to believe it has, the bromance comedy fails to be anything but a cheaply made, watered down version […]

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LA Film Festival Review: ‘Free Cece’ powerfully chronicles transgender movement

It’s been a very long road, but with trailblazers such as Laverne Cox (a producer and figure in this documentary) and Caitlin Jenner, the transgender movement is at a point where it is part of the public consciousness. Change doesn’t happen overnight though, and thus is the plight of Chrishaun “Cece” McDonald, a transgender woman of […]

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Marta Kauffman to be Honored Alongside Paul Feig and Nancy Meyers at Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival is set to honor Emmy and Golden Globe-winning television writer, producer and showrunner Marta Kauffman, as the 2016 Outstanding Television Writer.  Kauffman joins previously announced award recipients Paul Feig (“Extraordinary Contribution to Film”) and Nancy Meyers (“Distinguished Screenwriter”). Kauffman is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning television writer, producer, and showrunner whose credits include co-creating Dream On, The Powers […]

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Cannes Film Festival Winners Include Xavier Dolan, Olivier Assayas, and Asghar Farhadi

The Cannes Film Festival handed out their awards this weekend.  We’ll be having a follow-up piece to assess the Oscar chances.  Look for that later today. Palme d’Or I, Daniel Blake, dir: Ken Loach Grand Prize Xavier Dolan, It’s Only The End Of The World Best Director TIE Cristian Mungiu, Graduation Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper […]

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Sony Pictures Classics Soars on the Croisette with ‘Toni Erdmann’, ‘Julieta’ and More

NEW YORK – Sony Pictures Classics has once again been a prevalent force in Cannes with their four highly critically acclaimed films, topped off by winning two awards last night.  This kicks off what promises to be an exciting year ahead for the company, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. TONI ERDMANN won the Fipresci Competition Award, the […]