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It’s the story of a wacky band from the seventies that overcame the odds: “THE SPARKS BROTHERS”

DOCUMENTARY
Co-produced by Complete Fiction and Media Rights Capital (MRC)
Directed by Edgar Wright

In the seventies Ron and Russell Mael fast attracted a fan base thanks to their decidedly unorthodox musical act, the Sparks. Despite changing demographics, shifting musical tastes and their unending oddity, the brothers have managed to enthrall fans well into the 21st century. Director Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Baby Driver”) is just one among those many famous fans to wax nostalgic ... more >

Rita Moreno stoked the Hollywood furnace and survived the studio system becoming a screen and stage icon (REVIEW)

"Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It"
A documentary directed by Mariem Pérez Riera

Rita Moreno, what spirit, what soul! Hers is a a long and successful career in a Hollywood system that did not want her to be herself nor allow her to celebrate her Puerto Rican heritage. The new documentary “Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided to Go For It” which came out this week is an uplifting look at the EGOT [EGOT is a way to define those entertainers who have won all four of the ... more >

CANNES 2021, the official poster: Jury president Spike Lee front and center

This year marks the festival's 74th edition

It's a first in Cannes history : a jury president is also the festival's poster. Spike Lee, who will host this year's edition of the Cannes Film Festival as president of the jury, also graces the official poster. The Cannes Festival official poster was just released moments ago, and it features Lee, director of "Do The Right Thing," as the character Mars Blackmon in a still from his first film, ... more >

INTERVIEW: Mariem Pérez Riera, director of “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It”

Film premiered at Sundance in January

Mariem Pérez Riera was able to bring her subject to Tribeca this past weekend for in-person screenings of the documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.” It had been a challenging year for Pérez Riera, who had to finish editing the film during covid-imposed lockdowns. “I remember on Friday the 13th of March [2020] I finished locking the film,” Pérez Riera said with a laugh. ... more >

“QUEEN BEES,” or when you run top actors into the ground with superficially-written roles | REVIEW

Joining a retirement home clique is fraught with perils
Ellen Burstyn, James Caan and Jane Curtin
Directed by Michael Lembeck

Ellen Burstyn and James Caan are two of our finest actors and it is always nice to see them on screen. While their combined resumes contain some of the best films of the seventies (and a few of the eighties), today’s films are losing their adventurous spirit and, as the years go on, modern Hollywood gives actors of their caliber and age less and less to do. These days when we see a cast that ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL SELECTION: thoughts

Full coverage from the Cannes Festival during 6-17 July

PARIS--The upsetting of our way of life, having a drink at the terrasse of a café with someone you love, reading, or watching people go by, to say nothing of taking in a movie at the theater (in a country where Netflix is thriving, theater attendance here remains strong), by the coronavirus pandemic, has been felt painfully. It was only this week when things began looking normal again, with ... more >

“Simple like Silver,” an affecting and poetic story of human intersections | FILM REVIEW

Film was shot in, and around, St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida
Cristina Marsillach, Lacy Marie Meyer and Susanna Nelson
Directed by Damian Lahey

"The mysteries of life. The mystery of everyone who passes us on the street. What is happening in the lives of these people? Sometimes nothing. Perhaps something.” Strangers walk by one another and might say “hello.” Other times, we glide by, silent and unaware, not knowing what plight others may be experiencing. An acknowledgment, a smile, it has importance. It could save a life, even. Perhaps ... more >