DOC NYC once again provides a wealth of true-to-life tales: TAKEAWAYS

Dozens of amazing films once again show us the value of hewing to truth when so many seek to create their own alternative reality. This year’s DOC NYC demonstrated how truly talented are documentary filmmakers the world over, many of whom aren’t household names but nonetheless continue the search for truth in a world less and less interested in it. Here are some of the major offerings from this ... more >

“We all come from dust, and to dust we’ll all return,” THAT COLD DEAD LOOK IN YOUR EYES (REVIEW)

Leonard (Frank Raharinosy) could be one of the worst chefs in New York City. His boss (Max Casella) tells him his lemon chicken “tastes like prostate cancer.” His navigation of life and his personal relationships is no better, as Leonard has lost his girlfriend Marie (Nora Arnezeder) within the first few minutes of the film, as he became too judgmental regarding her close bond with her father ... more >

“RED NOTICE” in so many words | OUR REVIEW

Starring Dwayne Johson and Gal Gadot Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber With a budget of almost two-hundred million dollars and twenty-million-dollar salaries for its three stars, the new Netflix release “Red Notice” exploded onto the streaming service this past weekend. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds are the three big-name stars that are a studio head’s dream ... more >

Eleanor Lambert is all poise in the slow-brewed thriller “TIME NOW” | OUR MOVIE REVIEW

The past. Guilt, tragedy, regret, what we wish we could leave behind stays with us, sometimes becoming our life's burden. In the new film “Time Now,” Jenny (Eleanor Lambert) returns home to Detroit years after a falling-out with her family, when her brother Victor (Sebastian Beacon) dies in a car accident. To make sense of her brother’s life in the city, Jenny interacts with his inner circle ... more >

THE LABYRINTH OF CINEMA, the final film from Nobuhiko Ōbayashi and a love letter to cinephiles

Experimental filmmaker Nobuhiko Ōbayashi was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2016. His team of doctors feared the director had only three months to live. Ōbayashi defied the odds (although he was very ill) and made two more films before his death (three years after his diagnosis), 2017’s “Hanagatami” and this year’s “Labyrinth of Cinema” which was completed in 2019. In the ... more >

“Introducing, Selma Blair” and “Mass” | REVIEWS

“Introducing, Selma Blair” Directed by Rachel Fleit The actress Selma Blair had a promising career in Hollywood going at the turn of the millennium, appearing in major roles in “Cruel Intentions” and “Hellboy,” among others. She was on an upward trajectory, appearing in dozens of other films and television shows. However, in recent years the actress was cruelly struck with a diagnosis of multiple ... more >

Ben Whishaw, dominant and poised, mesmerizes in “SURGE” | REVIEW

Directed by Aneil Karia Starring Ben Whishaw, Ellie Haddington and Hammed Animashaun Alienation is unhealthy, it is not good for the psyche. Fading into the background with no friends or acquaintances, people who go unnoticed would do almost anything to have their voice heard and for someone to see them. Loneliness and an uncaring world can drive some people to madness. In Aneil Karia’s ... more >