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FILM REVIEW: The Todd Haynes-directed “MAY DECEMBER” is a multilayered film that uses deception to mine deeper truths

Film was presented at the last Cannes Film Festival
Starring Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore and Charles Melton
Directed by Todd Haynes

Written by Samy Burch (from a story by Alex Mechanik), the screenplay for Todd Haynes's latest work, "May December," is filled with wit and irony. Haynes's film maintains that sharp edge throughout, but stands, also, as a striking examination of the complexity of human sexuality and attraction that reveals a shattering emotional core in its characters. The film is not-so-loosely based on the ... more >

LAST OF SUNDANCE 2022 | The Jesse Eisenberg-directed “When You Finish Saving the World”

"Jesse Eisenberg has proven himself the astute filmmaker for these times"
Julianne Moore, Finn Wolfhard, Billy Bryk and Alisha Boe
Directed by Jesse Eisenberg

(this article closes our 2022 coverage of the 2022 Sundance Festival) This has been a very good year for films at the Sundance Film Festival for works by actors or actresses who have changed my opinion on their abilities. With the smart satire “When You’re Finished Saving the World,” actor Jesse Eisenberg has found his true calling, as writer and director. The film’s excellent title attests to ... more >

“The Glorias,” Julie Taymor’s rendition, at times rushed, nevertheless stands as a potent tribute to the life of Gloria Steinem | OUR REVIEW

[Artemis Rising Foundation, Page Fifty-Four Pictures]
Alicia Vikander, Janelle Monáe and Julianne Moore
Directed by Julie Taymor

“The sun is female. The moon is male. The sun is always there. The moon comes and goes” - Gloria Steinem The release of Julie Taymor’s “The Glorias” couldn’t have been more timely. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died and the country stands on the precipice of the most important election in American history, regarding so many things but especially regarding the rights of women. In 2020, the fact that ... more >

CANNES – Too many notes! (how music, and other things, killed “WONDERSTRUCK”)

The new Todd Haynes in Cannes
Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Millicent Simmonds
Directed by Todd Haynes

Young Ben is in want of a father he’s never known, and Rose (young Millicent Simmonds), a deaf child who lives a hundred years earlier than him, is fascinated by a mysterious New York actress (played by Julianne Moore). After Ben discovers something in his mother’s (Michelle Williams) things he takes off for New York City to try and find his father. Rose comes into a hint, found in a newspaper ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL | Laurent Lafitte, unmaster of ceremony

He was supposed to host, not roast!

CANNES, France - Seems like French actor and host of this year's Cannes Festival mistook Master of Ceremony with Roastmaster. Everyone, probably, was therefore caught off-guard when he made a seriously foul comment about Woody Allen, who was seated in the room with Soon-Yi Previn and the cast of his latest film, "Cafe Society." Making a reference to Roman Polansky's rape-related legal problems ... more >

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STILL ALICE, when family bonds are tested

Initial release: January 15th
Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart
Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

A lot of the buzz surrounding “Still Alice” revolves around Julianne Moore’s Oscar-worthy performance as a woman struggling with Alzheimer’s. And upon viewing there is no denying that Moore’s performance is the film’s winning factor. However, that is not to say that “Still Alice” is not a well-made film, because it is. Shot for less than five million dollars over the course of twenty-three days ... more >

CANNES DAY 6 – MAPS TO THE STARS

In competition
This is Cronenberg's second collaboration with Robert Pattinson
Filmed in Canada and New York

Two years ago with “Cosmopolis,” and now with “Maps to the stars” Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has been boosting his Hollywood cred with the appropriation of Robert Pattinson as his muse. Is this going to last much longer? While I waited to get into the Debussy theater for the film's 7:30pm screening a journalist told me, ironically, “they’ll shoot another third movie together and that one ... more >