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Film: “Sausage Party”

Cartoon satire, especially as a feature film, is risky. Audiences expect cartoons to be family-friendly, and there are few cartoon feature films that appealed to adult moviegoers looking for sharp, funny, downright dirty entertainment. But it’s happened, and the filmmakers were admired for the risks they took. Ralph Bakshi’s Fritz The Cat was just such…

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Film: “Indignation”

This cogent, powerful film of a Phillip Roth novel, which had its world premiere at Sundance, serves the writer particularly well. Its protagonist, Marcus, is an 18-year old Jewish boy in 1951 America, and he is as opinionated, self-righteous and resentful as  the other Roth heroes I can remember – which is why they’ve always…

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Three Short Takes

One thing is pretty clear in  The Infiltrator: bankers are boring. Directed by Brad Furman, from a screenplay by Ellen Brown Furman, it is based on a true story. Bryan Cranston plays Robert Mazur, an undercover federal agent with financial expertise. Mazur is set up as a businessman seeking to launder the Columbian drug profits…

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Review: “Neon Demon” and hiatus

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Neon Demon follows a well-worn path to its bloody conclusion, relying on an audience’s tolerance for empty female characters in order to see them murder each other as a career move. In this case, they are gorgeous models seething with jealousy over Elle Fanning’s sudden dominance of the fashion scene in Los…

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Review: “Three”

Johnnie To likes to keep it simple. It’s about a cop, a criminal and a doctor: three. Each lives by a code of conduct, and the film depicts how each member tries, imperfectly, to live by his/her code when forced to relate to someone who lives by different rules. Dr. Tong, a woman, is a brain…

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Lower East Side Film Festival: The Winners, The Parties and 2 Contenders

Expectations were high for this festival, now in its sixth year, which is why increased attention is being paid by the public and distributors. It doesn’t hurt that Ethan Hawke is one of the judges this year. Running from June 9th through the 16th, it showcased 5 features, 16 short films, and a special midnight…

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Film Review: “The Wailing”

  In its first scenes, this Korean occult-horror film sets up a familiar situation. Sergeant Jong-goo (Do Won Kwak), a cop in the village, is called in to investigate a murder. He is a devoted family man, married, with a young daughter, Hyo-jin (Kim Hwan-hee), he is devoted to. Jong-goo’s mother, watchful and protective, also…

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