Film Reviews

Film Reviews

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News & Resources

News & Resources

Check out the latest on the Film Festival Circuit with breaking news from IndieWIRE.

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The Calendar

The Calendar

See the schedule of your favorite film festival so you can be a part of the excitement.

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Film: “Birds of Passage”

“Birds of Passage”, a Colombian crime drama which has gotten serious attention from critics, is both unusual and ambitious. Co-directors Cirro Guerra and Cristina Gallego, whose previous film was “Embrace of the Serpent”, have used a contemporary genre as a kind of anthropological document of a primitive society. From a script by Maria Camila Arias…

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Film: “Velvet Buzzsaw”

Today, one of the most universally despised cultural targets is the art world, which seems to prosper from cynically exploiting the public’s appetite for the “new”, the undiscovered genius who will “disrupt” the snobby elites who control the business. This viewpoint has been expressed in recent films, including Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” and “Boogie Woogie”.…

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“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and Oscar nominees

I usually see the latest Coen brothers movie as soon as it comes out. It’s like a food craving; I can’t wait for the next one. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is their latest. It’s six separate stories about the Old West. Well, the meal was a little unsatisfying this time. Still, one of the…

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Film: “Take Point”

This is the first time I’ve ever written the words “you won’t be bored” and not meant it as total praise. In the case of “Take Point“, written and directed by South Korean Kim Byung-woo, the excitement comes at a cost. The excitement will likely be accompanied by a measure of confusion and frustration. In…

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Film: “Cold War”

It seems there are critics who were expecting this film, probably due to its title, to be a serious historical drama, one that exposes the bureaucratic tyranny of the early communist regime in Poland. I think that audiences will be similarly disappointed if they go to it thinking it will illuminate that historical period, which…

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Film: “The Favourite”

Directed by Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favorite is a sly, mostly on-target story of royal back-stabbing under the reign of Queen Anne that has been getting a lot of critical praise. As satire, it sets a high standard for itself, and, more often than not, it reaches it. But, whatever its limitations as satire –…

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Film: “Burning”

Lee Chong-dong’s brilliant film, Burning, from South Korea, is an international prize-winner. It is sure to be a strong contender for best foreign Oscar. It’s a genre film, in a way, the genre being stories based on William Faulkner’s famous line: “The past isn’t dead yet. It isn’t even past.”(from “Requiem for A Nun”). The…

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Festival

Here is the report from this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) by our correspondent, Evelyn J. Mocbeichel: HIFF 2018 Film Festival Offered Eclectic Variety By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel all fotos by Herb Mocbeichel October 15, 2018 The weather couldn’t have been nicer for this year’s Hampton International Film Festival (HIFF) held for five days…

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