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“Boys State” Provides An Equally Powerful And Upsetting Look At The Potential Future Of Political Division

Politics is, without question, a dirty business. At all levels, the political machine brings out (sometimes) the best in humanity, as well as (oftentimes, sadly) the worst in people. The startling and uniquely consuming documentary Boys State gets this, and depicts it with really tremendous clarity. Looking at a longstanding[...]

Main Slate Announced For The 2020 New York Film Festival!

Moments ago, the 2020 New York Film Festival announced their Main Slate, coming after the big three announcements recently. NYFF will be different, obviously, given the pandemic, but there’s still 25 movies that will make up the fest. They may not be some of the films speculated about, but many[...]

“Spree” Clumsily Seeks To Satirize The Influencer Lifestyle

It seems like there’s an entire generation out there that just seeks to go viral. Social Media and its positive and/or negative effect on the world is not a new debate, but cinema has certainly begun to chime in on that conversation. Spree, a satire with thriller and even some[...]

Azazel Jacobs’ “French Exit” Will Close The 2020 New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival just now unveiled the final selection of their annual big three titles, naming Azazel Jacobs’ French Exit as the 2020 incarnation of the fest’s Closing Night pick. We now know the festival’s Opener in Lovers Rock, Centerpiece in Nomadland, and Closer, so all that’s left[...]

“Star Light” Offers Some B-Movie Fun

In the wrong hands, cliches are about the worst thing that can populate a film. Handled poorly, they just remind you all that can be wrong about cinema. However, cliches became that way for a reason, and are popular with some degree of cause. So, when filmmakers can lean in[...]

Updated Academy Award Predictions For The Middle Of August!

Could the upcoming Oscar season be one that Netflix just out and out dominates? The possibility certainly exists, especially considering how they’re one of the only games in town, in terms of grabbing and scheduling “awards season” releases. I’m sure the streaming giant would love to win Best Picture this[...]

The Top 25: Best Actress Winners

Folks, we’ve nearly reached the end of the line. Yes, this penultimate time around I’ll be tackling one of the very biggest of the big eight categories, one of the only two left. This one is arguably the second or third biggest of them all…it’s the Best Actress field. This[...]

“Max Reload And The Nether Blasters” Offers Retro Fun

Retro games have an appeal that even their AAA titles on the Playstation 4 and XBOX One can’t quite compete with. Things for the original Nintendo Entertainment System, and before, contain a portal back to childhood that’s pretty singular. In crafting a sci-fi film that pays tribute to those sort[...]

Seth Rogen Pulls Surprisingly Sweet Double Duty In “An American Pickle”

There’s a charming weirdness at the core of An American Pickle, the latest Seth Rogen star vehicle. It’s a movie that sounds like it could be either amazing or terrible, depending on the execution. Luckily, Rogen and company give it a steady hand, as well as a singular identity, making[...]

“Red Penguins” Chronicles The Russian Partnership With An NHL Franchise

The sport of hockey, at least in the United States, didn’t always have the Russian influence that it now has. There was a time where players from the former Soviet Union first came over to American shores and started in the NHL. Filmmaker Gabe Polsky has looked at that before,[...]