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Romola Garai (“Atonement”), poised for greatness, goes behind the camera to make persuasive debut as filmmaker with “Amulet” | REVIEW

Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu and Imelda Staunton
Directed by Romola Garai

The definition of amulet is “a charm (such as an ornament) often inscribed with a magic incantation or symbol to aid the wearer or protect against evil such as disease or witchcraft.” But there is a new definition. “Amulet,” a 2020 film directed by Romola Garai that is subtly eerie and one of the most effectively-directed films of 2020. Romanian actor Alec Secareanu ("God's own country") ... more >

In “Radioactive” Rosamund Pike, direct but pragmatic, imposes herself on both a profession and an era (REVIEW)

Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, Yvette Feuer and Mirjam Novak
Directed by Marjane Satrapi

It’s inarguable that the pioneering work of Marie and Pierre Curie changed the world, for both good and ill. “Radioactive,” the new film starring Rosamund Pike and Sam Riley as the late-nineteenth century Parisians, gives us a brief on the life, and, yes, the deaths, largely due to radiation poisoning, of the couple that is part love story, part scientific procedural and, somewhat strangely, ... more >

“Most wanted” is one of the more interesting films this year (REVIEW)

Amanda Crew, Josh Hartnett and Stephen McHattie
Directed by Daniel Roby

Films about investigative journalism exposing a dramatic event and/or cover-up have been popular for decades, from Billy Wilder’s “Ace in the Hole” and Sam Fuller’s “Park Row” to Alan Pakula’s “All the President’s Men” to 2015’s Oscar winning “Spotlight,” all have expertly captured what it means to be a dedicated journalist tirelessly searching for the truth. The best films about journalism ... more >

THREE DOCS REVIEWED: “Desert One,” “Red Penguins” and “Unsettled”

With the multiplexes shuttered, and the so-called event films on hold for months yet, it’s a boomtime for documentaries, which continue their march onto streaming platforms. Here are a few choice non-fiction flicks to keep an eye out for. “Desert One” It’s been four decades since Iranian students overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, beginning a hostage situation that would only end 444 ... more >

INTERVIEW: Dawn Porter, filmmaker (“John Lewis: Good Trouble”)

Could there possibly be a more apt time for a documentary about John Lewis, the civil rights pioneer and longtime Georgia congressman, than now? In this singular moment of protest and cultural shift, documentarian Dawn Porter is hoping that her new film “John Lewis: Good Trouble” will be a part of the conversation. “Despite some evidence to the contrary, I count myself as an optimistic person. ... more >

“7500,” there’s trouble brewing on the Berlin to Paris flight

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Omid Memar and Aylin Tezel
Directed by Patrick Vollrath

It is rare when a Hollywood thriller can glue us to our seats. These days, big budget films in this genre are too concerned with creating big action set-pieces meant to be eye candy, rather than crafting smart and interesting situations where the tension comes out of the moment and the characters. Therefore, the best thrillers usually come from the independent or the foreign film worlds. German ... more >

The underdog among America’s rock’n’roll legends Suzie Quattro portrayed in “Suzi Q” (and we love an underdog, don’t we?)

Sometimes a girl just needs to rock’n’roll and in director Liam Firmager’s new documentary “Suzie Q” rock icon Suzi Quatro proves she was born to do just that! Firmager’s film was shot over a four-year period and features an array of musicians who rightfully praise her as an inspiration. Rockers from Joan Jett (who completely idolized Quatro and took over the singer’s leather-clad, no B.S. ... more >