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: “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 ┬áthe other Roth heroes I can remember – which is why they’ve always…

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“The Lure:” A quirky “fun ride” at Sundance

From Jackie Christy: It’s hard not to appreciate the zany imagination behind THE LURE, a musical tale of teenage vampire mermaids set in 1980s Poland. The story takes place mostly in a seedy nightclub and features nightclub performers, strippers and generous helpings of nudity and gore. The performances are terrific and ground even the most…

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Little Men Movie Sundance

Sundance Gem: “Little Men”

Our Sundance rep, Jackie Christy, who is also an entrant for short films, sent us this from the festival: “One of my favorites at Sundance is Ira Sachs’ LITTLE MEN, a restrained but deeply moving film. This seemingly simple story centers around the friendship of two teenage boys and the increasingly strained relationship between their…

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Film: “The Way, Way Back”

This summertime comedy from last year tries to plug-in to the “coming of age” meme that sends adults back to the time, when they were young, that will be remembered, fondly, for the feelings and experiences they think actually happened, and wish they could experience all over again, even though, at the time, they destroyed…

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