AUTHOR | Eric Althoff

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INTERVIEW : Ed Helms and Patti Harrison of “Together, Together”

Film was a part of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Ed Helms and Patti Harrison have such singular chemistry in the new film “Together Together” that one might assume that they have known each other for years. Not so, they both said when speaking about the film. “I knew of him,” said Harrison over video chat, eliciting perhaps the hint of a smile from her co-star, who is known for his time on “The Daily Show” as well as “The Hangover” films and ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: “East of the Mountains”

Dealing with life, on your own terms
Mira Sorvino, Tom Skerritt and Annie Gonzalez
Directed by S.J. Chiro

How has Tom Skerritt never been the star of a movie before? It took a while—way too long—but now at 87, Skerritt delivers a performance that belies a soulfulness and reservoir of talent that has only been briefly glimpsed in his numerous supporting roles over the years. “East of the Mountains” opened Thursday as part of the (virtual) Seattle Film Festival, which is the precisely correct venue ... more >

THE BEAT | Some quick takes from the Garden State and Santa Barbara film festivals

"The Knot," "Rebooted" and "Reefa"

Festival season is in full swing, even with fests either going hybrid or one-hundred percent virtual as the pandemic continues. Here are some films I was able to catch at this year’s Garden State Film Festival, Santa Barbara Film Festival, as well as another interesting film that will be available on demand soon—hopefully along with these other ones. “The Knot” (SBIFF) An intriguing work ... more >

“French exit” (because why not?) | REVIEW

Film is based on the book by Patrick DeWitt
Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges and Tracy Letts
Directed by Azazel Jacobs

Michelle Pfeiffer can do almost no wrong on screen, in my view, and I’m going to declare that it’s not her fault that the new film “French Exit” suffers from overambition and a trace of boredom despite her still-electrifying presence. Not that she doesn’t lean into the role of Frances Price with considerable verve. A lifelong New York socialite, Frances is devastated to learn that her late ... more >

INTERVIEW: MATTHEW JENSEN, director of photography, “Wonder Woman 1984”

Growing up in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., Matthew Jensen knew his destiny was to work in films. As a young man, he took the Metro into the heart of democracy to watch and study films at the Smithsonian. He also cruised the pages of the Washington Post, seeking out revivals at theaters in Georgetown and word of AFI screenings at the Kennedy Center. “In Georgetown there was ... more >

“THE COURIER,” our interview with director DOMINIC COOKE

The story of an ordinary spy
Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze and James Schofield
Directed by Dominic Cooke

If you’ve never heard about the exploits of the British Cold War spy Greville Maynard Wynne, you’re not alone.  Even Dominic Cooke, the director of the new fact-based film about Wynne’s spy exploits, had never heard of Wynne before the script for “The Courier” came his way. “It was interesting that Brits over a certain age knew who he was, but anyone below the age of sixty-five could not recall ... more >

Anthony Hopkins gives magisterial performance in “The Father”

Hopkins was first sent the script for "The Father" by the director in 2017
Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman and Imogen Poots
Directed by Florian Zeller

Anthony Hopkins gives the performance of a lifetime in “The Father,” which is saying something for a man who has been acting professionally for more than a half-century, and who already has one Oscar to his credit.  Hopkins is 83, at the top of his game, and also of the right age to infuse his character in the new film with the most assuredly correct amount of pathos and humanity, and elicit our ... more >