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Review: Red Hook Summer

Is this really a Spike Lee Joint? That was one of many questions¹ posed during the first two minutes of Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer,” a coming of age story that chronicles a young boy’s summer vacation inside the Brooklyn housing projects with his gravely religious grandfather. As the sixth film in Lee’s “Chronicles of […]

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Review: Beasts of The Southern Wild

“Once there was a Hushpuppy and she lived with her daddy in a bathtub,” is the bold line uttered by ingenue Quvenzhane Wallis –  a line so simple yet so piercing that it resonates throughout the film and makes for a very triumphant culmination. Loosely based on Lucy Alibar’s play “Juicy and Delicious,” Benh Zeitlin’s […]

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Review: Django Unchained

At a recent Museum of Modern Art benefit honoring Quentin Tarantino, Peter Bogdonavich (“Last Picture Show,” “Paper Moon”)  introduced him as “the single most influential director of his generation,” and with his latest revenge fantasy  ‘Django Unchained,’ the follow-up to his  2009 epic ‘Inglorious Basterds,’ he’s more than earned that stamp of approval. Inspired by […]

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REVIEW: The Descendants

Rarely, if ever, does a film starring George Clooney elicit an emotional response but in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, emotions are running rampant all over the place. Set in Hawaii, Clooney is Matt King – a father, a ne’er do well husband and the sole trustee of his family’s ancestral land, which is up for […]

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Review: MOOZ-lum

MOOZ-lum is the rare narrative and poignant feature debut from writer-director Qasim Basir that focuses upon Muslim life in America. The story begins and ends with Tariq (Evan Ross), a tortured soul who has yet to truly identify himself with the beliefs of his strict Muslim father (Roger Guevner Smith).  Upon leaving for his freshman […]

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Review: 127 Hours

127 Hours, the follow-up film from Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle, is the remarkable true story of adventure seeking loner Aaron Ralston, who resorts to extreme measures when he becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering in Utah. The film features a well deserved Academy Award nominated performance by James Franco, who embodies the very essence […]

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Review: Exit Through the Gift Shop

An eye-opening look into the world of street art, the Academy Award nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the story of filmmaker turned street artist Thierry Guetta, his inadvertent mentor/elusive graffiti artist Banksy and international street artists’  Invader and Shepard Fairey. The story begins innocently enough with Guetta, a shop owner at the […]

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Review: The Fighter (AUDIO)

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Fighter stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams in this true story of welterweight boxer Mickey Ward. Enjoy!  

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Review: Mother & Child

A remarkable script centered around three women, brought to life in the form of perfectly executed performances by Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington – Mother and Child embodies the definition of poetry in motion. Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her, Nine Lives) the story […]

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Review: No Strings Attached

Can best friends be sex friends? It’s the age-old question that is brought to life in No Strings Attached, the Ivan Reitman romantic comedy starring two-time Oscar nominee Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. The answer? Best friends can be sex friends unless someone catches feelings, which of course is how this story ends. Fresh from […]

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