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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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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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The Glorious Labor of LOVING VINCENT; film review and interview with the co-directors

Loving Vincent is the first fully oil painted feature film.  The brainchild of two filmmakers who have worked in animation, special effects, and live action, the film breaks new ground, while being visually stunning and driving a story about the last few weeks in the life an artist who died penniless but is now one …

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Crown Heights Review and Interview: A Moving Story of Justice in an Unjust World

Opening this weekend is Crown Heights, a new film from writer/director Matt Ruskin. It is based on a true story that is both horrifying and all too timely. It also illustrates the best and worst of what humanity can be. A teenager was gunned down in Brooklyn, New York in 1980, and the police arrested …

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“Women Rocking Hollywood” Panel a Spectacular Success at San Diego Comic-Con 2017!

Women Rocking Hollywood 2017 was Victoria Mahoney, Aurora Guerrero, Tina Mabry, Rosemary Rodriguez, Angela Robinson, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Kirsten Schaffer. All Hollywood Powerhouses!  Such graciousness and talent. It’s incredible to me that at SDCC, in an environment full of famous people and A-listers, I would not trade for anyone within a 5 mile radius, the female …

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PRIDE IS FOR EVERYONE: Cinema Siren talks Pride with Dustin Lance Black

PRIDE IS FOR EVERYONE: Cinema Siren says all people should celebrate, and Oscar-winning writer of Milk and LGBTQ activist Dustin Lance Black explains why. If you celebrate love, celebrate Pride. This weekend, and all month, Pride is happening in the LGBTQ community. Yes, there are parade floats and people marching.  There are scantily-clad folk in …

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CINEMA SIREN INTERVIEW: Director of Megan Leavey Gabriela Cowperthwaite talks about female directors, female soldiers, the freedom of documentaries, and the gift of animal loyalty.

CINEMA SIREN INTERVIEW: Director of Megan Leavey Gabriela Cowperthwaite talks about female directors, female soldiers,  the freedom of documentaries, and the gift of animal loyalty. Coming this weekend is a film based on the real-life experience of a female marine and her canine companion. Review is HERE.  I spoke to director Gabriela Cowperthwaite about her …

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Good Grief: DEAN movie review and exclusive interview with writer/director Demetri Martin

No doubt you’ll need a movie to go see after you’ve seen Wonder Woman this weekend.  We have you covered.  Dean is an entertaining little independent movie written and directed by standup comedian, writer, and artist Demetri Martin. It features the drawings for which Martin has recently become known, delving in both the narrative, and the visuals via …

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