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SBIFF 2019, some parting words on our favorite films

The 2018 Maltin Modern Master Award recipient was Gary Oldman
Next year's SBIFF will be held January 15-25 2020

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., “I think there’s only one way, forward, for women, and we are 51 percent of the world, so 51 percent of women should do movies,” Austrian director Eva Spreitzhofer (“What Have We Done to Deserve This” a.k.a. “Wo mit haben wir das verdient?”) said at a red carpet event at the last Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) (a still from the film is this article's ... more >

TALKING SBIFF 2019 : Viggo Mortensen, Josh Lucas, and newcomer Paula Reca

"Murderous Trance," "Tampoco Tan Grandes" and Mortensen wins "American Riviera Award"

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Santa Barbara, often referred to as the “American Riviera,” is hosting its 34th film festival this week, replete with the typical red-carpet events and world premieres of films from around the globe. Yes, Melissa McCarthy, Spike Lee, Claire Foy and other high-wattage stars have been seen here this week, but in addition to appearances by those A-listers, numerous filmmakers ... more >

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“Laws of the lizard”

New documentary from the Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel will air the documentary “Laws of the Lizard” tonight, which follows biologist/filmmakers seeking to explain more about the “backyard lizard” known as the anole.  The doc is co-directed by filmmaker Nate Dappen, a Washington, D.C.-area filmmaker who grew up not far from the Smithsonian institution itself. “As a child, I spent a lot of my free time in the woods, catching ... more >

“Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes”

The mad genius of Fox News
Roger Ailes, Glenn Beck and Babette Bombshell
Directed by Alexis Bloom

Roger Ailes died in May 2017, but his legacy lives on in Fox News, the cable network bankrolled by Rupert Murdoch that many have accused of being little more than a mouthpiece for conservative agitprop and an apologist for President Trump. Whether or not Fox News was “responsible” for Donald Trump is a peripheral concern of the new documentary “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes,” ... more >

INTERVIEW | Jason Reitman on the making of “The Front Runner”

When politics went tabloid
Starring Hugh Jackman and Vera Farmiga
Directed by Jason Reitman

There was a time, before social media and cell phones, when a scandal took hours or even days to break publicly, and when a politician’s fortunes were perhaps not decided within seconds of being captured in a compromising photograph. That was the case in 1987, when Gary Hart, a rising Democratic star, seemed all but poised to sail easily to his party’s nomination to face Ronald Reagan’s ... more >

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“Beautiful Boy,” or how the loving and considerate can also be destructive and self-obsessed

Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell
Directed by Felix Van Groeningen

It is a fact, sadly, that addiction will touch almost everyone’s lives, even the most accomplished among us. This is what happened to Nic Sheff, a top-of-his-class teen who started experimenting with pot before moving into harder drugs, gradually spiraling into a harrowing cycle of highs, lows, homelessness, sobriety and relapse. His father, Rolling Stone writer David Sheff, could only watch ... more >

At D.C. “Fahrenheit 11/9” screening Michael Moore warns to take Trump seriously, and to get out the vote

A provocative and comedic look at the times we live in
Release date: September 21, 2018
From Briarcliff Films

WASHINGTON, D.C. | Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore attended the Washington premiere of his latest film, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” Monday evening, but a few miles from where the subject—and object of ridicule—of his film, President Donald Trump, resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The new film, which draws parallels between the rise of the Third Reich in 1930s Germany and Trump’s bullying style of ... more >