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Review: Smyrna

— by BEV QUESTAD —

This epic story of the majestic cosmopolis of Smyrna starring Mimi Denissi, Greek actress, writer, director and producer extraordinaire, will have a one-day-only showing in the US and Canada on Dec. 8, 2022.

The film begins in contemporary time where too many people are crammed into boats listing low into the water. They are refugees from Syria coming to the Greek island of Lesbos (Lesvos) where a refugee camp awaits them. An elderly gray-haired woman from New York is thanked for helping to finance the salvation effort. She explains that she and her mother were refugees who came to the same island in 1922. (CONTINUED)


Review: Elephant Refugees

— by WILLIAM STERR — Being a refugee is tough. You are usually fleeing violence, oppression, turmoil, and economic deprivation. If you are an elephant in southern Africa, you are fleeing the bullets and machetes of organized poachers, while at the same time suffering a loss of food and water. “Elephant Refugees” documents the plight […][...]


Review: Three Wishes for Cinderella

— by BEV QUESTAD — What have the Norwegians done to Cinderella? My best friend, Eileen Cho’an Sterr, dressed up as Cinderella this year and her brother went as Gus, her pudgy little mouse help-mate. Eileen and I are four years old when we are together. The rest of the time she remains four and […][...]


Review: The Menu

— by WILLIAM STERR — There are some restaurants so exclusive, so expensive and so unique that having even a single meal there is the experience of a lifetime. In this case, an experience that may end your lifetime. Hawthorne is such a restaurant, located on its own island, accessible only by boat. The restaurant […][...]


Review: Tantura

— by WILLIAM STERR — In 1947, the United Nations voted to partition the British Mandate of Palestine. The following year, the State of Israel was proclaimed. Both events were opposed by the Arabs. At the time of Israel’s founding, the population of Palestine, estimated at 1.7 million, was 61% Arab, 30% Jewish, 8% Christian […][...]


Review: Sam & Kate

— by BEV QUESTAD — There are three reasons to see “Sam and Kate.” First, it is an interesting celebrity ensemble piece. Dustin Hoffman and his real-life son, Jake Hoffman, play father and son, while their romantic interests are played by Sissy Spacek and her real-life daughter Schuyler Fisk. The second reason is that this […][...]


Review: Tiger 24

— by WILLIAM STERR — Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?[...]


Review: Nope

— by WILLIAM STERR — At first, it appears that Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) has given us a two-fer: two separate stories for the price of one. The opening story is about an horrendous incident on the site of a family oriented TV comedy, Gordy’s Home, about a human-like chimpanzee, Gordy (Terry Notary – “Kong-Skull […][...]


Review: My Childhood, My Country

— by WILLIAM STERR — On September 11, 2001, the radical Islamic organization, al Qaida, attacked financial and military targets in mainland United States. What followed was the “War on Terror,” created and administered first by the Bush Administration, and on to the present day. The first target of this war was the nation of […][...]