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Carlo Carlei's "Romeo and Juliet"

Carlo Carlei's handsomely mounted "Romeo and Juliet" using Rennaissance Italian locations  approaches the visual splendor of Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 classic. Abel Korzeniowskiis score references Zefirelli's version, quoting a tune from Nino Rota’s passage. Art Director Tonino Zera and DP David Tatersall gives us a resplendent Verona.A group of talented young ... Full story

You Will Be My Son

Tu Seras Mon Fils" is one of the best French film released this year. (I also loved the infectious retro romcom "Populaire.") Gilles Legrand ("Ridicule") has crafted a stylish family drama, which feels like a throw back to the solid ... Full story

Good Ol’ Freda

Freda Kelly was just seventeen when she became the president of The Beatles fan club and eventually Brian Epstein’s secretary. From the early shows at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to well after they broke up, Freda was there to ... Full story

WADJDA

As a 70's feminist, I have spent hours of the last decade in darkened theatres writhing in agony watching films detailing the oppression of women in fundamentalist societies ("Fill The Void"), religious cults ("Beyond the Hills") and countless films about ... Full story

The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg

Thomas Vinterberg's harrowing drama "The Hunt" ("Jagten"), is one of two must see post-Dogme films currently in theatres Mads Mikkelsen, who won the Cannes Best actor award for his role, is breathtaking as the caring kindergarten teacher whose life is shattered ... Full story

Daisy von Scherler Mayer, latest film SOME GIRL(S)

Director Daisy von Scherler Mayer, the granddaughter of Golden Age screenwriter Edwin Justus Mayer (author of such screwball fancies as Leisen's "Midnight" and both versions of "To be Or Not To Be") directed "party Girls" and "The Guru"  as well ... Full story

BIDDER 70

In December 2008, President George W. Bush was winding down his presidency. An illegal, last minute Bureau of Land Management auction of Oil and Gas leases on land parcels in Utah was underway.University of Utah economics student and climate-change activist ... Full story

Berberian Sound Studio

Berberian Sound Studio by British writer/director Peter Strickland, is an eerie, atmospheric homage to the Italian giallo films of the 1970s. Giallo films, or “spaghetti thrillers” are a unique blend of experimental art and sleazy exploitation, featuring soundtracks from some ... Full story

The Paw Project

THE PAW PROJECT, by filmmaker Dr. Jennifer Conrad, is an important film; where one woman is taking a stand, facing legislature and politics in order to protect those who do not have a voice. This inspiring documentary follows the 'David ... Full story

In The House

Prolific director Francois Ozon won't be pinned down by genre. Just consider: a whodunit musical "8 Women", a paean to parenthood "Ricky", the steamy 'Swimming Pool" and the gentle feminist "Potiche". His latest, "In The House" based on a play ... Full story

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