NYFF57 review: ’45 Seconds on Laughter’ Tim Robbins’ doc brings levity to the lives of those who need it most.

45 SECONDS OF LAUGHTER Tim Robbins 2019 USA 95 minutes North American Premiere In his contemplative, pared-down, and wildly engaging documentary, Tim Robbins captures a series of extraordinary sessions in which a group of inmates at the Calipatria State maximum-security facility take part in acting exercises that enhance bonding and emotional connection. Zip. Zap. Zop. This is one of the Read More →

DVD Review: ‘THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING’ is another hit for Funny Or Die and IFC

THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING  Starring Michael Kenneth Williams, Maya Rudolph  and Kristen Wiig Available on DVD as of June 7, 2016 “The Spoils Before Dying” showcases an all-star cast including, Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years a Slave, RoboCop, “The Wire”), Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live,” Bridesmaids, Big Hero 6), Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live,” Bridesmaids), and Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense, Pay Read More →

Liz’s Review: ‘WELCOME TO ME’ takes on mental illness with heart and humor.

Mental illness is a touchy subject. Certainly putting a pretty face to it makes us more comfortable to talk about it. Films like Gabriel and Silver Linings Playbook have since tackled these issues, on two very opposite ends of the spectrum. A new film starring Kristen Wiig, Welcome to Me, looks at both sides of  something that can be hard Read More →