DOC NYC review: ‘Abacus: Small Enough To Jail’ will cause you to rage against the machine.

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL  Abacus Federal Savings Bank is a modest institution of New York’s Chinatown that came under harsh prosecution in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. While other banks were considered ‘too big to fail,’ Abacus was ‘small enough to jail.’ Filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) follows the bank’s founder Thomas Sung and his family as Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival 2017 review: ‘Buster’s Mal Heart’ is chilling and downright weird.

An eccentric mountain man is on the run from the authorities, surviving the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes in a remote community. Regularly calling into radio talk shows, where he has acquired the nickname”Buster,” to rant about the impending Inversion at the turn of the millennium, he is haunted by visions of being lost at sea, and memories Read More →

Review: ‘GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM’ documentary is a tragic look at mental illness.

In January 2008, the body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body, lies a diary that documents the last months of her life. The woman turns out to be Linda Bishop, a well-educated mother and sister who suffered from bipolar disorder with psychosis. What starts as a whodunnit quickly evolves into a Read More →

DOC NYC Review: ‘AFTER FIRE’ proves that women in the military are not equal.

AFTER FIRE Synopsis: Set in the military outpost of San Antonio, Texas, AFTER FIRE highlights the challenges faced by the fastest-growing group of American veterans: women, who now account for one in five new recruits to the U.S. Armed Forces. Demonstrating courage during their military service and resilience in its aftermath, Brittany Huckabee’s subjects candidly confront the fallout of their experiences on their personal Read More →

NYFF54 Review: ’20th CENTURY WOMEN’, the ladies have it.

20th CENTURY WOMEN Mike Mills 2016 USA 118 minutes Mike Mills’s texturally and behaviorally rich new comedy seems to keep redefining itself as it goes along, creating a moving group portrait of particular people in a particular place (Santa Barbara) at a particular moment in the 20th century (1979), one lovingly attended detail at a time. The great Annette Bening, Read More →

NYFF54 Review: ‘I HAD NOWHERE TO GO’ is one of the most unique cinematic experiences I’ve ever had.

I HAD NOWHERE TO GO Douglas Gordon 2016 Germany 97 minutes Autobiography and biography merge in this often shattering, sometimes absurdly funny collaboration between two polymath artists, Douglas Gordon and Jonas Mekas. Gordon’s unlikely desire to bring Mekas’s prose memoir of his first decade in exile from Lithuania and journey from post-WWII displaced persons camps to New York, where he Read More →

Review: ‘JACK GOES HOME’ proves that Rory Culkin is terrifyingly good at his job.

They say you can never go home again. Maybe some of us should heed this advice depending on the skeletons in our closets. In Thomas Dekker‘s new film JACK GOES HOME, Rory Culkin finds himself playing the title character whose loss might be his greatest gain. Or maybe it’s the other way around. I’ve see a horror film or two Read More →

NYFF54 Reviews: ‘SIERANEVADA’ & ‘THE REHEARSAL’

SIERANEVADASieranevada takes a peek inside a grieving family and the reality of being stuck in a small space with the people you love and hate. Days after the death of the family patriarch and the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks, we find our cast gathered together to honor their beloved father. While they wait for the priest to arrive, we discover, Read More →

Review: ‘DON’T WORRY BABY’, Daddy’s got you.

Don't Worry Baby

Presents DON’T WORRY BABY The modern family dynamic can be complicated, at best. With the divorce rate at 50%, blended families are more the norm than anything else. The idea of Mom, Dad, 2.5 kids and a dog no longer fits inside a neat little box. If anything, that’s the oddity now. In the new film DON’T WORRY BABY, writer/director Read More →

Review: ‘The American Side’ reincarnates film noir

In the director’s statement on the film’s website, Jenna Ricker explains that she was inspired by Hitchcock and 70s conspiracy thrillers, but that wasn’t really my experience. As I started watching The American Side, it became immediately apparent that this was to be film noir reincarnated. Everything from the camera angles, to the music, to the dialogue, perfectly captures that Read More →

Review: ‘3RD STREET BLACKOUT’ shines through the dark.

Paladin presents 3RD STREET BLACKOUT Opening TODAY April 29th Co-created by and co-starring Negin Farsad  (“The Muslims Are Coming!,” “Nerdcore Rising,” TED Fellow) and Jeremy Redleaf (Streamy Award Winner “Odd Jobs,” “Sesame Street”) Also starring Ed Weeks (“The Mindy Project”), Phyllis Somerville (“Little Children”), Janeane Garofalo (“Wet Hot American Summer”) John Hodgman (“Pitch Perfect 2,” “The Daily Show”) Jordan Carlos (“The Nightly Show”) Sasheer Zamata (“Saturday Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival Review: ‘TIGER RAID’ is a spectacular test of loyalty.

World Premiere in the Midnight Category Section at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Starring:  Brian Gleeson (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Eagle), Damien Molony (Suspects), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service, upcoming Star Trek Beyond)  and Rory Fleck-Byrne (The Quiet Ones) Directed by: Simon Dixon Written by: Simon Dixon, Mick Donnellan While on a covert mission, two cold blooded Read More →

Tribeca Interview/Review: Razor sharp ‘Women Who Kill’ from NYC director Ingrid Jungermann

In Women Who Kill, Morgan and Jean are an ex-couple who live together and host a podcast together on women serial killers in Park Slope, Brooklyn. When Morgan starts dating someone new, Jean suspects the mysterious, Simone, to be a serial killer herself. Original and hilarious, you never quite know what to believe. The banter between Morgan and Jean is silly Read More →

‘CABIN FEVER’ reboot leaves a familiar taste in your mouth.

Presents CABIN FEVER A Film By Travis Zariwny Executive Produced By Eli Roth IN THEATERS FEBRUARY 12TH NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES In 2002, Writer/Director/Producer, Eli Roth, brought us the original Cabin Fever. I happened to be in college at the time and just finishing college. Already questioning the cleanliness of city dwelling, this film did not help. I  just kept Read More →

[FLASHBACK] Tribeca Film Festival review & podcast: TUMBLEDOWN will win hearts and fans. Including the audio from our roundtable interview with Jason Sudeikis, Dianna Agron, Director Sean Mewshaw, and Writer Desiree Van Til.

Music is part of our souls. It can heal, it can hurt, it’s like a sense memory. We’ve lost great artists in their prime like, Leonard Cohen, Kurt Cobain, and Elliot Smith. The impact of their death is felt each time we hear one of their songs. Imagine, for a moment, that your very favorite artist suddenly dies. Now imagine Read More →

Review/Interview: OITNB star Nick Sandow talks ‘THE WANNABE’

            Presents THE WANNABE Respect isn’t earned. It’s stolen. Written & Directed & Co-Starring Nick Sandow (Captuto on Orange is the New Black) Executive Produced by Academy Award Winner Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas) & Dean Devlin (Independence Day) No matter who we are, during our lives we have idolized a person. Perhaps in some cases, to a point that may border on the Read More →

Review: ‘THE LADY IN THE VAN’ is Alan Bennett’s mostly true story brought to life by Dame Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings

The Lady in the Van, Alan Bennett’s adaptation of his commercial and critical West End hit, based on his own bestselling memoir will open in New York & Los Angeles for a Limited Engagement on December 4, 2015.  Dame Maggie Smith reprises one of her most-loved stage roles for the big screen, under the direction of Nicholas Hytner, who also Read More →

Review: ‘CHRISTMAS, AGAIN’ is a true NYC character study.

  Presents CHRISTMAS, AGAIN Starring Kentucker Audley and Hannah Gross Written, Produced & Directed by Charles Poekel The holidays inevitably spark memories of both the good times and the bad. We often think of those we’ve lost, while trying desperately to cling to every last minute of holiday spirit. Some love the season. Some think it the worst time of Read More →

Review: Experience a joyride to hell in ‘SUBMERGED’.

Presents SUBMERGED  SYNOPSIS: A limousine joyride goes berserk in this breathless, pulse-pounding thriller. Jonathan Bennett stars as an ex-soldier turned bodyguard hired to protect a young woman. But while cruising with a group of friends one night, their stretch limo is run off the road and underwater by a gang of ruthless kidnappers-who then dive in to finish the job. Read More →

Interview: ‘JAMES WHITE’ writer/director Josh Mond and star Christopher Abbott talk about this visceral film that takes hold of the viewer.

I had the opportunity to sit down with writer/director Josh Mond and star Christopher Abbott of JAMES WHITE this week. We chat this volatile and spectacular film and how it effected everyone involved. Liz: Congratulations. I love everything from the structure of  the film to how in your face it is from absolute go. There is no moment of downtime, which Read More →