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Six Feet Under’s Alan Ball dazzles with his new film “Uncle Frank” and here’s some thoughts on it

New from Amazon Studios
Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis and Peter Macdissi
Directed by Alan Ball

Alan Ball continues to amaze with his explorations of the human condition, not just for gay Americans but for anyone who has ever had a secret, felt at war with himself or seeks to better his or her situation. The writer of “American Beauty” and creator of the HBO series “Six Feet Under” has written and directed a new film, “Uncle Frank,” that explores many of the themes common to all of Ball’s ... more >

Guy Pearce as dyed-in-the-wool forger in “The Last Vermeer” (OUR REVIEW)

This film was adapted from the book “The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren” by Jonathan Lopez
Guy Pearce, Claes Bang and Vicky Krieps
Directed by Dan Friedkin

Han Van Meegeren was such a cunning, apt artist that he convinced the world his own paintings were actually painted centuries earlier by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. In fact, such a believer in his own talent was Van Meegeren that during World War II, he sold one of his phony Vermeers to Hermann Göring himself. The postwar aftermath of this incredibly unlikely but true tale forms the core of ... more >

Greetings from DOC NYC 2020 ! “The Walrus and the Whistler,” “Collective,” “Belushi” and “A Crime on the Bayou” (and more) top our list

DOC NYC is America's largest documentary film festival

Like nearly all film festivals in 2020, DOC NYC has switched to a virtual paradigm this year, but the quality of nonfiction films coming out of this celebration of the factual is still wondrous. The festival kicks off Wednesday and goes on until the 19th. There are so many great offerings this year, and it’s nearly impossible to catch them all, but here are some quality entrants to keep on your ... more >

Coherent and intense horror indie “Fishbowl” started streaming on Tuesday. We got a sit-down with the brother-sister team who directed it and this is what they said

"I like a slow burn, where you take [something] realistic and maybe exaggerate it a little bit" (S. Kinigopoulos)

Stephen and Alexa Kinigopoulos wanted to make a movie where they came from. The siblings, who co-directed the new psychological thriller “Fishbowl,” grew up near Baltimore, and so when they were seeking a setting for their film, they simply cast their gaze out the window. “When you’re surrounded by those locations every day, you maybe see them differently. And it’s always great to shoot in ... more >

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” or when our favorite dunce throws a wrench in the works for everyone’s delight

Wear mask. Save live.
Sacha Baron Cohen, Irina Novak and Luenell
Directed by Jason Woliner

Who knew we needed Borat as much as we apparently did? Well, welcome once again to 2020, a year that continues to surprise and anger in so many multitudinous ways that counting the reasons why has long since stopped being either fun or funny. But there’s probably no better time to laugh at how ridiculous everything is than now, and for that we can “thank” Sacha Baron Cohen. Cohen has ... more >

“Jamal [Khashoggi] was one of our own”; interview with KINGDOM OF SILENCE director Rick Rowley

Film was co-executive produced by Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the dark side")
Jigsaw Productions; Showtime Documentary Films
Directed by Rick Rowley

It has been two years since Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and was never seen again. The royal family at first claimed Khashoggi had left the consulate on his own, but then changed their story to say a fight had broken out. But the full truth, later confirmed by the CIA, was far worse: He was murdered inside the consulate by a hit squad sent by the frequent target of ... more >

“There were literally firearms everywhere. They had no fear of us and we had no fear of them,” our talk with NICK QUESTED, director of “Blood on the Wall,” which premieres this week

A National Geographic documentary

Nick Quested believes the War on Drugs cannot be properly understood without examining the social, economic and political situation of our neighbors to the south. The documentarian says that Americans all too often view the import of drugs as Mexico’s problem rather than one of interconnectedness between our two nations. “What Americans should understand is that this is a problem of economics, ... more >