CANNES: Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’ Receives Standing Ovation

It seems “Wonderstruck” is living up to its name. The film, which is directed by Todd Haynes, debuted at Cannes Film Festival on Thursday – first to press in the morning, and later to festival goers in the evening. “Wonderstruck” is based on Brian Selznick’s (“Hugo”) award-winning book of the same name. The film stars Millicent Simmonds, […]

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AFI Docs 2017: Full Lineup Announced Including Whitney Houston and Bill Nye Films

The American Film Institute revealed its full lineup for its AFI Docs 2017 program today. Highlights include Peter Bratt’s “Dolores,” Su Rynard’s “Mosquito,” “Whitney. ‘Can I Be Me’” from Nick Broomfield, and “Bill Nye: Science Guy” from David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg. In addition, Antonio Santini and Daniel Sickles’ Sundance grand jury prize-winner “Dina” will also […]

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Montclair Film Festival Announces 2017 Award Winners

Read the press release: May 8, 2017 – The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) announced the winners of the 2017 film competitions at a ceremony held on Saturdayevening at the MFF’s new home, The Investors Bank Film & Media Center. This year’s festival featured four competitive categories with five films in each: Fiction, Documentary, Future/ Now, […]

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Saturday Church’ Sings More Than Just Its Music

2017 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The power of the musical knows no boundaries but so seldom explored as we get to witness in début director Damon Cardasis’ invigorating film “Saturday Church.”  Capturing the spirit of youth and imagination, Cardasis taps into a subject that is all too familar in today’s cultural climate.  This is all brought […]

Tribeca Film Festival Review: ‘Take Me’ Offers Low-Key Giggles

2017 Tribeca Film Festival: A low-key comedy/thriller hybrid that marks actor Pat Healy‘s directorial debut, “Take Me” is very much a first feature. There are moments of real amusement, a lack of directorial polish, and a vague sense that this should have been better than it is. A festival film through and through, “Take Me” […]

Tribeca Film Festival Review: ‘Blame’ Announces Quinn Shephard’s Arrival

2017 Tribeca Film Festival: It goes without saying that Quinn Shephard is an impatient actress. That’s a compliment, too. Unwilling to wait years before making her filmmaking debut, the 22-year-old actress has written, directed, edited and starred in “Blame,” an ambitious high school-set drama. A quadruple threat, any work that Shephard managed here would be […]

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: ‘The Clapper’ Isn’t Worth Applauding

2017 Tribeca Film Festival: There’s no denying that Dito Montiel is a talented filmmaker. There’s also no denying that comedy is not his forte. That much is clear after seeing the deeply misguided effort “The Clapper” at the Tribeca Film Festival. Aside from a charming soundtrack, nothing works here. It looks for humor in all […]

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Producers Withdraw Alex Gibney’s ‘No Stone Unturned’ From Tribeca

Those hoping to catch the world premiere of Academy Award winner Alex Gibney‘s true crime doc “No Stone Unturned” will have to wait a little longer. Due to unspecified legal reasons, the film is being pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival slate. In a statement, the festival said: We were notified today from the producers […]