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Call Me By Your Name Review: A Transcendent Tale of Two Men in Love

This weekend, Call Me By Your Name, the spellbinding meditation on coming-of-age as a gay young man in 80s rural Italy lands in art houses around the country.  It is a lyrical, mesmerizing, experience at the cinema that numbers among the best movies of the year. It is also one of the most moving portrayals …

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Review- The Character Development is Strong With This One

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is so good that it will thrill and surprise everyone from the first generation of fans to its newest recruit. It reaffirm to all the power of the force. This film, as written and directed by Rian Johnson, moves the saga forward dramatically, but in truth, it is all about character. …

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GET OUT, BLADE RUNNER 2049, and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI win big in the 2017 WAFCA Awards

This year’s WAFCA Award winners were announced today.  When I opened my super-secret email letting the critics who are part of the Washington Area Film Critics Association know about the winners, I was pretty stunned.  I voted for Get Out as Best Film, but I didn’t imagine many of my colleagues would.  For me, the …

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CREATING COCO: An interview with Pixar’s Jason Katz, Story Supervisor

The new Pixar film Coco speaks about ancestral ties, remembrance, and celebration. It is a story that follows young musician Miguel on his journey into the Land of the Dead to solve a family mystery, embrace his passion for music, and create his own destiny. I interviewed Story Supervisor Jason Katz, who has had a hand in …

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The real-life Heroines of the New Netflix Short Documentary Heroin(e)

Sometimes it just takes seeing people actively making a difference, approaching what they do with a balance of realism and tenaciously optimism, to remind us we really can change the world, even if it’s in some small way.  The women of the documentary short Heroin(e) are saving lives and helping people change their circumstances every …

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Greta Gerwig Talks Lady Bird, the Great New Coming-of-Age Film: Film Review and Interview

If I were making a movie with two women playing mother and daughter, Oscar nominated Saoirse Ronan of Atonement, and Brooklyn,  and Emmy and Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf of Toy Story, Roseanne, the Steppenwolf Theater and at least 14 Broadway and off-Broadway plays, would be on my dream list.  Apparently Greta Gerwig agrees. Before …

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Middleburg Film Fest Review Roundup

Mudbound, Call Me By Your Name, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Lady Bird are some of 2017’s best films: On the weekend of October 20th, the 5th annual Middleburg Film Festival began at and around the Salamander Resort in the upscale, equestrian town, and as they have from its inception, they presented some of …

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Animation Insiders Demand an End to Sexism and Harassment in the Animation Industry Today

A letter was sent today by 217 women and non-gender conforming folk to over a dozen studios demanding change and an end to sexual harassment and sexism in the animation industry.  Included on the list of recipients are executives at Disney, Sony Pictures Animation, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks Animation, and Warner Bros. Signatures are from people …

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The Florida Project: This Indie is a Terrific yet Tough Watch

The buzz on The Florida Project is nearly deafening.  This feature film by Tangerine director Sean Baker is the story of six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Price) and her summer escapades and adventures navigating childhood as one of the hidden homeless. She lives in Orlando with her mother Halley (newcomer Bria Vinaite, who the director discovered on …

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