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Archive for July, 2013

Sony unlocks rights to Tim’s Vermeer

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, directed by Teller of Penn & Teller fame. Produced by Teller’s stage partner Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler, the film follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve one of [...]

Review: Romanzo di una strage

— by RON WILKINSON — It is 1969 and conspiracies are everywhere. In America students in every college across the land are protesting the Viet Nam war, racial injustice and political corruption of all kinds. The cold war is heating up to fever pitch as the USA and the USSR rattle sabers a[...]

Review: The First Man

— by RON WILKINSON — Screened at the “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema” program at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center, this is not a film for the faint of heart. Those who have some knowledge of Albert Camus’ last, unfinished novel know this story bears the fateful ending of[...]

Gravity: A Pair of Extended Clips

— by ADAM POYNTER — Warner Bros. Pictures is not fooling around when it comes to the promotion of the upcoming space thriller “Gravity.” Hot on the heels of the release of the two-minute clip/trailer, “Detached,” we have been given even further insight into this crazy action thri[...]

Review: The Time Being

— by RON WILKINSON — In one of the most atmospheric films to come out of California in some time, debut director Nenad Cicin-Sain helms a screenplay by himself and Richard N. Gladstein in the film “The Time Being.” A film ostensibly about painters and painting, the story is more abou[...]

Catching Fire: Comic-Con Trailer

— by CHERRY BELL — If you’re like me, you weren’t able to attend “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Comic Con panel in San Diego this weekend to see the newest theatrical trailer for one of the most anticipated films of 2013. Don’t let that get you down thoug[...]

Review: Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

— by RON WILKINSON — Robert Lee Maupin was born in Chicago in 1918 and grew up in the bowels of some of the worst ghettos in America. Several decades later, he was drinking at a bar when a man pulled a gun in anger and fired a shot. The shot was aimed at the […][...]

Review: RED 2

— by ADAM DALE — Replacing Robert Schwentke (“Flightplan,” “The Time Traveler’s Wife”) whom helmed 2010’s “RED” with Dean Parisot (“Galaxy Quest,” “Fun with Dick and Jane”) as director for the sequel started off the process of making “RED 2” a different type o[...]

Catching Fire: District 12 Salute Image

— by CHERRY BELL — It’s a good week to be a Tribute. Comic-Con San Diego is underway and the big panels are taking place this weekend. To whet the appetites of the fans, Lionsgate has unveiled a new image of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) i[...]

Review: Computer Chess

— by RON WILKINSON — Did underground indie writer/director star Andrew Bujalski set out to make a tedious and irritating film on purpose, or did it just turn out that way? A flick with moments of genius, most of this movie plays like Andy Warhol’s spectacular “Sleep,” which consist[...]

Review: The Conjuring

— by ADAM POYNTER — Growing up, I was not a fan of the horror genre at all. My family never watched anything scary, so when I would experience these movies at a friend’s house it was extremely scary to me. Now, as an adult, I find it hard for movies to actually scare me […][...]

The World’s End: Cornetto Featurette

— by ADAM POYNTER — Those who are unfamiliar with “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” might find it confusing that stories about a zombie apocalypse and stupid cops could form a trilogy with “The World’s End,” which revolves around a legendary pub crawl between life-long fri[...]

Review: Museum Hours

— by BEV QUESTAD — “What is it that you like about these paintings?” This is such a great question to ask. You have to step back and think, perhaps leading you to a surprising insight and appreciation inherent in the work and, further thinking about it, in your life. Anne, a single o[...]

Review: Survival Prayer

— by BEV QUESTAD — This beautiful work of art is a loving film experience that captures the old life of the Haida people who live on what used to be called the Queen Charlotte Islands. The exquisite photography is reason enough to see this important story of an ancient culture. Only 50 n[...]