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NOW SHOWING: BOMBSHELL

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie
Directed by Jay Roach

Before Weinstein and before Epstein and a myriad lesser-known sexual predators, there was Roger Ailes. The story of the CEO of Fox News and others like him, much discussed in the last few years as illustrations of how the ugly and mighty fall is now brilliantly illustrated in “Bombshell.” Jay Roach gives us the tremendously entertaining story of a watershed moment at Fox, predating the #Metoo ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: Richard Stanley’s “Color out of Space”

Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson and Madeleine Arthur
Directed by Richard Stanley

“Color Out of Space” is director Richard Stanley’s first feature film since his attempt at adapting “The Island of Dr. Moreau” back in 1996. Stanley was fired from that cursed production and replaced with John Frankenheimer. That firing would put a dark cloud over Richard Stanley’s career, reputation, and self-image, presumably, for quite some time. Now here he is, twenty-four years later, with ... more >

Our TOP TEN FILMS from Sundance

It’s great when enterprising filmmakers put their best foot forward; it’s a hard job, and any and all recognition helps their work to achieve at least some notoriety. Here are some films from Sundance—and a bonus pick from Slamdance—that need to be seen as soon as possible. Keep your eyes peeled for these great films. “The Mountains Are a Dream That Call to Me” Cedric Cheung-Lau has made ... more >

SUNDANCE 2020: catching up with Andy Samberg and the cast of “Palm Springs” on the red carpet (there’s more)

Park City, Ut. - So many movies, so many stars—and so many red carpets. At Sundance, this week, I was able to get some facetime with the makers and stars of a select few films on the press lines (while being shut out of a few others, naturally). Andy Samberg was in town for the premiere of “Palm Springs,” for which he both starred in and acted as producer. The film stars Cristin Milioti (“The ... more >

SUNDANCE | One day, two docs: “All that perishes at the Edge of Land” and “Church and the fourth estate”

PARK CITY, Ut. - Documentaries need not be lengthy to explore a fascinating subject, as I learned at the “Documentary Shorts Program 2” at Sundance. In “All That Perishes at the Edge of Land,” filmmaker Hira Nabi’s camera magnificently captures the “ship breaking” industry of Pakistan, which employs the poorest of the poor to disassemble obsolete carrier vessels for scrap. The ships grounded ... more >

From the Southside to Sundance : Steve James on the story of Chicago’s race politics in “City so Real”

This film was screened as part of the official selection at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Park City, Ut. | Steve James loves Chicago. The city helped to ensure his place in the pantheon of great documentarians thanks to “Hoop Dreams,” widely considered one of the greatest non-fiction films ever made. But in the twenty-five years since that documentary about inner-city high school basketball, the Windy City has continued to give James opportunities to tell its stories. There was ... more >

Sundance 2020: Chasing news stories from the sky in “Whirlybird,” directed by Matt Yoka

What's in your storage unit?
Directed by Matt Yoka

PARK CITY, Ut. | (Film critic Eric Althoff is in Park City covering Sundance 2020 for Screen Comment) Matt Yoka found a rather unusual Los Angeles treasure trove in an unassuming storage unit. There, in multiple boxes, sat some 3,200 ¾ inch Betamax tapes of helicopter news footage, all of it captured in the nineties by a now-defunct aerial news firm called Los Angeles News Service. Yoka, an ... more >