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Review: A Bread Factory, Part Two

— by BEV QUESTAD — Hold on, ye professed intellectuals! Patrick Wang takes the time with left-over funding from “A Bread Factory, Part One” to do a second response to the real-life story of a New England community arts center in trouble. In case “Part One” wasn’t experimental e[...]

41st Portland International Film Festival

— by BEV QUESTAD — Each February, Portland, Oregon, sparkles up with PIFF, the Portland International Film Festival. This year’s opening night gala – abounding with Pinot Noir, grilled vegetables, quinoa and baklava – was a maximum capacity event. The movie of the night was “The [...]

Previewing the 90th Academy Awards

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony is growing agonisingly close and the film industry is on tenterhooks to see who will seize glory. Jimmy Kimmel is returning to host Hollywood’s most celebrated event of the year at the Dolby Theatre in LA on March 4 and speculation is raging among fans over who wil[...]

Two movies take Sundance by storm

— by CRAIG SMITH — As the film buffs among us are no doubt aware, this year’s 2018 Sundance Film Festival took place in Park City, in Utah, from Jan. 21 through Jan. 28. More than 100 independent films were showcased this year, with entries from a total of 29 different countries being [...]

Steven Soderbergh goes mobile with Unsane

— by CRAIG SMITH — Steven Soderbergh is no stranger to the Oscars thanks to his slick Hollywood fare, as fans of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Erin Brockovich” will be quick to tell you. But his latest movie, the horror thriller “Unsane,” was shot entirely on iPhones. What’s more[...]

Amobee reveals 2018’s most anticipated films

— by CRAIG SMITH — Given how superheroes are currently dominating the marketplace, and that these types of films get an almost endless amount of publicity and hype that can start even years in advance, it should come as no surprise that, for the second year in a row, they are prevailing [...]

Neeson says accusations are going too far

— by CRAIG SMITH — Liam Neeson, part and parcel of the Hollywood A-list, is suggesting that the current treatment of some of the biggest celebrities in the world, such as Garrison Keillor, has become excessive. Neeson described the current wave of allegations of sexual misconduct sweepin[...]

DiCaprio set for Tarantino’s Manson film

— by CRAIG SMITH — Leonardo DiCaprio will be playing an actor getting on in years in the ninth offering by Quentin Tarantino, joining Margot Robbie, with the latter reportedly being lined up to take the role of Sharon Tate. A possible Pulp Fiction-Type ensemble piece DiCaprio’s role wi[...]

Wahlberg donates money to Time’s Up Fund

— by CRAIG SMITH — Mark Wahlberg has donated the $1.5 million he took as a reward for film reshoots for “All the Money in the World” to the Time’s Up fund. Furthermore, he has done so in the name of his co-star, Michelle Williams, who was paid only $1,000 for the re-shoots that wer[...]

DC fans relieved as Wonder Woman wows critics

It would be fair to say that previous female-fronted superhero efforts have fallen fairly flat and even the most ardent DC fans could have been forgiven for being a little trepidatious when Wonder Woman hit the big screen on June 2 earlier this year. Perhaps the most high-profile example of such a f[...]

2017 PIFF winners announced

— by BEV QUESTAD — The results of the 40th annual Portland International Film Festival Audience Awards are in. With 98 feature films, 66 shorts and an audience of close to 35,000, winning overall for Best Narrative was “Truman,” a poignant story of friendship at the end of life. Howe[...]

Netflix’s Daredevil defends Affleck’s stint

Marvel has produced a lot of high-grossing superhero films, such as “Iron Man,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Avengers” and, most recently, “Doctor Strange,” which featured “Sherlock star” Benedict Cumberbatch. Marvel, however, hasn’t b[...]

Giffoni Film Festival: Griphon Award Winners

With the 46th edition of the Giffoni Film Festival coming to an end, the complete list of this year’s winners were proclaimed during the closing press conference by Director Claudio Gubitosi, together with artistic managers Manlio Castagna, Luca Apolito, Gianvincenzo Nastasi, Tony Guarino and Anto[...]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 now filming

Marvel Studios has begun principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. The production will shoot at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2̶[...]