Middleburg Film Review: ‘What They Had’ is Driven Home by Robert Forster’s Stand Out...

2018 MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL: A look at any family in a film must be compelling enough to hold its audience's attention.  Thankfully, Elizabeth Chomko's...

Middleburg Film Review: ‘Stan & Ollie’ Packs Laughs and Tears with Career Best Turns...

2018 MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL: The phrase "movie magic" has been tossed around for decades but I can't think of a more perfect recent example than...

Miami Film Festival GEMS Day 2: ‘Capernaum’ Wins the Audience Award; “Woman at War”...

The second day of Miami Film Festival GEMS brought the opportunity to see two personal favorites of the festival. For Oscar, "Capernaum" could become...

Miami GEMS Film Fest Day 1: Foreign Films ‘Burning,’ ‘Cold War’ and ‘El Ángel’

While the Miami International Film Festival continues to draw an audience in the Spring each year. However, they host a smaller festival focusing on Foreign...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Cold War’ Finds Its Strength in Joanna Kulig’s Fiercely Felt Portrayal

2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Appropriately titled due to its cloudy and distant nature, Pawel Pawlikowski's deeply involved "Cold War" ventures off into an...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Private Life’ Charms with Kathryn Hahn Magnetizing

2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Tamara Jenkins highlights the use of awkwardness as a compelling narrative tool with her richly felt "Private Life." Handling...

NYFF Film Review: ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Is a Thematically Charged Anthology Showcasing...

2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: In the offbeat, quirky nature of all Coen Brothers outings, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" has the life and...

‘The Hate U Give’ Wins Audience Award at Hamptons International Film Festival

Read the Press Release: East Hampton, NY (October 9, 2018) – The Hamptons International Film Festival today announced their audience awards for the 26th edition...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Roma’ Is an Evocative, Uplifting View of Humanity

2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: The beauty of life is hard to recreate, even in a film that uses moving pictures.  Writer/director Alfonso Cuarón...

The 26th Hamptons International Film Festival Announces Their Winners

Another film festival on the rise is the Hamptons International Film Festival. The festival just concluded it's 26th festival on Monday. Early that day, they announced...

NYFF Film Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Echoes in the Chamber of Cinema...

2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: If there was a film walking into the theater of Walter Reade, and later tonight at the Apollo, with...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Mid90s’ is a Lived In Directorial Debut From Jonah Hill

We've reached a point in time where the 1990's as a setting represents material for a period piece. That makes me feel old, but...

Hamptons International Film Festival: Day Four Takes a Closer Look at the Foreign Language...

When I plotted my schedule for what I would see at the Hamptons International Film Festival, I strategically positioned day four - my final...

INTERVIEW: Filmmakers Robert Clift and Hillary Demmon talk ‘Making Montgomery Clift’

Family legacies run deep. Certainly this is true of celebrity families as well. Often times, a star’s persona focuses on one tragic detail or...

NYFF Film Review: Robert Pattinson Provides Compelling Work in the Confounding ‘High Life’

There are times in Claire Denis' new movie "High Life" that it's almost impossible to know what's on her mind. At other times, the...
Green Book

Hampton International Film Festival: Day Three Includes ‘The Hate U Give,’ ‘Ben is Back,’...

Since the release of their schedule, day three of the festivities here at the Hampton International Film Festival had been the one earmarked as...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Ash is Purest White’ is a Robust Examination of Love and...

2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: This reviewer has not experienced too much of Chinese cinema, except for some of the more mainstream highlights over...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Non-Fiction’ Lives In Its Ensemble and Its Simplicity

2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Charm and satire are wonderfully intertwined in Olivier Assayas' cleverly constructed foreign piece "Non-Fiction."  Assembling a thunderous cast that...
Fall Festival

Hampton International Film Festival: Day Two Includes ‘Non Fiction,’ ‘Border,’ and ‘Widows’

Day two of the Hamptons International Film Festival started with an incredibly savory breakfast, courtesy of The Hedges Inn, a picturesque and plush locale...

Hampton International Film Festival: Day One Includes Flights and Maggie Gyllenhaal

The 26th annual Hampton International Film Festival kicked off this Thursday evening, although I guess you could say it started Wednesday night for me,...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes’ Details His Fear...

The dumpster fire that is the modern political discourse can be directly linked to the rise of Roger Ailes. The former Fox News chairman...

Hamptons International Film Festival: ‘Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow’ Continues Our Desire...

This year, NASA commemorates its 60th anniversary as a government agency of the United States. Perhaps that's why we are seeing an influx of...
The Kindergarten Teacher | Maggie Gyllenhaal

Hamptons International Film Festival: A Look at What’s Headed to HIFF 2018

In late August, Clayton crafted an exposé on the ten most important film festivals of the award season. The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) just...

Festivals: The Middleburg Film Festival Announces ‘Roma’ and Talent Attending

While we are clearing the big film festivals, including TIFF, BFI London, and New York Film Festival, there are many other films to see...

NYFF Film Review: ‘The Favourite’ Has Bite Thanks To Olivia Colman’s Menacing Performance

2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Yorgos Lanthimos shocked the cinematic world with his darkly comedic film "The Lobster" in 2015 before turning some heads...

LA Film Festival Review: ‘Softness of Bodies’ Mines Laughs From Narcissism

The entitled millennial stereotype has been done to death. TV and movies have been littered with trust fund Brooklyn poets with man buns and...

NYFF Film Review: ‘A Faithful Man’ is a Witty Romantic Comedy with a French...

What sounds more like a French film festival outing than a romantic comedy centered around infidelity? In the wrong hands, this movie could have...

Miami Film Festival GEMS Fest Brings International Films to South Florida

With the festival season firmly underway, there are a lot of films to check out in the coming weeks. Right now, the world is...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Ray & Liz’ is a Punishing Experience

2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Oppressively sad cinema can bring about some incredibly strong emotions. Mainly when the filmmaker is depicting painful moments from...

NYFF Film Review: ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ is a Curiosity for a...

2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Admitting that the feeling of being able to say to the nearest cinephile that you just saw the newest...

AFI Fest 2018: ‘On the Basis of Sex’ to Open Festival, ‘Mary Queen of...

"On the Basis of Sex" will open the 2018 AFI Film Festival. The film tells the story of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who would eventually go...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ Looks at Class Disparity With a Slow Burn

Neorealism is an acquired taste, film wise. For some, it is among the heights of cinema. For others, it can be a slog to...

LA Film Festival Review: ‘All About Nina’ is All About Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Comedians often times wring laughter from the fundamental truths they experience in their own lives. What makes Nina, the central character in Eva Vives’...

LA Film Festival Review: ‘Solace’ Brings Fresh Eye and Little Else to Coming of...

Coming of age tales are overdone in independent cinema. It takes great skill to transcend the cliched genre. Plenty of first-time directors make their...

LA Film Festival Review: Kate Nash Documentary Underestimates the Story

2018 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: Documentaries about famous living artists are trickier to pull off than one might think. There’s a tightrope one must...