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Rory Kennedy and Laird Hamilton at Gurney's as part of the Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs program, August 2017

Hamptons International Film Festival – SummerDocs

Hamptons International Film Festival – More than just the movies The Hamptons Welcome Laird Hamilton, August 4, 2017, Montauk Sun SummerDoc Screening: Rory Kennedy movie about Laird Hamilton, August 31, 2017, Montauk Sun Each year the HIFF showcases new movies and talent in a variety of events throughout the Hamptons hamlets. The Biggest Buzz this…

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New York Film Festival 2017

As in past years, I made my own select list from the main slate for my reviews. The seven for this year are diverse and timely. Also as before, I post the reviews in ascending order of preference.   LET THE SUNSHINE IN Whether legendary veteran filmmaker Claire Denis originally had a serious story to…

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Film: “Beach Rats”

Sexual identity is now a major theme in American film, especially for young people. Last year’s Best Oscar winner, Moonlight, dealt frankly and, for the most part, trenchantly with the theme. This new film is an accomplished but minor addition to this body of work. The title rats are four young studs who hang out…

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Film: “The Beguiled”

Film remakes can be tricky things, especially when the original is not an undisputed classic. I saw the original of The Beguiled over forty years ago. Starring Clint Eastwood and directed by Don Siegel, I enjoyed it but it was not a success. He played a wounded Yankee soldier in the Civil War who stumbles…

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Film: “Baby Driver”

This adrenaline-rush movie gets the job done, and lovers of stylish movie action – which certainly includes me – will want to see it more than once. Still, British cult auteur Edgar Wright has made some questionable choices that stand in the way of total satisfaction. The title hero, who actually goes by the name…

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Film: “Beatriz at Dinner”

One of my favorite films of recent years is Chuck and Buck, which was released in 2000.¬†Written by Mike White and directed by Miguel Arteta, it presented a witty and altogether optimistic view of America. While it dealt frankly with its theme of the damage caused by sexual repression, especially in childhood, it made you…

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