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Gramercy Park shenanigans
Lauren Miller and Katie Ann Naylon
Directed by Jamie Travis

Last year “Bridesmaids” showed that women could do crude humor. When did that stop? Didn’t Cameron Diaz expertly handle a “hair gel” scene more than a decade ago? Anyway, now here is Lauren Miller and Katie Ann Naylon’s “For a Good Time, Call”. It’s got laughs, it’s got heart. Looks like crude women are 2 for 2, so far. In addition to sharing screenwriting duties with Naylon, Miller also stars ... more >

2016: Obama’s America | REVIEW

Exploring the roots of President Obama's views

According to this documentary that hit the screen just in time for the Republican Convention, what fuelled Obama’s meteoric rise to the White House was his rage against the white man and the influence of the colonialist-hating worldview of his father (never mind that Obama’s father left his wife and son to go back to Kenya when our future President was all of two). If you add to this already ... more >

The Avengers

Action heroes team up. You will be saved.
Robert Downey, Jr. and Scarlett Johansson

“The Avengers” is the smorgasbord comic book movie we’ve been waiting for years to see. Many middling films were made (I’m looking at you “Thor,” “Hulk,” and “Captain America”) just in order to set up origins for this one. And it fell to director Joss Whedon to make this all come together. But he should have known better than to do so through nothing, but action sequences. It starts with ... more >

Martin Scorsese’s foundation releases new boxed set | REVIEW

Saving a cinema that's vital from extinction

World Cinema Foundation Boxed Set (Carlotta). Includes: “Touki Bouki,” directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty (Senegal); “Revenge” directed by Ermek Shinarbaev (Kazakhstan); “Trances,” directed by Ahmed El Maanouni (Morocco); “Redes,” co-directed by Fred Zinnemann and Emilio Muriel Gomez (Mexico). This second DVD offering includes movies very different from each other but nevertheless combined in a ... more >

RECRUITING FROM WITHIN: Brangelina’s youngest to act

Might the entire brood, in fact, follow?

Young Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 4, may soon be taking her first steps on a movie set, performing against her mother Angelina in "Maleficent," the Disney spin-off of "The Sleeping Beauty," centered on the character of the wicked witch. Already-attached Elle Fanning will therefore probably not be alone in confronting Angelina Jolie's evil witch Aurora since the toddler may portray Fanning's character as ... more >

Mia Wasikowska Alice

I, Mia

A few words about Mia Wasikowska

An exotic beauty from downunder Mia Wasikowska is the daughter of Polish photographer Marzena Wasikowska and the Australian painter John Reid. She was destined for a career as a prima ballerina. However, during adolescence, the future ballerina hung up her dancing shoes. "I practiced dance thirty-five hours a week,” she told the British magazine The Observer. “The race for perfection quickly ... more >