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  • Actress Elle Fanning as EmpressCatherine the Empress of Russia and actor Nicholas Hoult as Peter, the Emperor drink a toast in The Great, a HULU TV series
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    Huzzah! THE GREAT on HULU is a Must-See

    Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult are Brilliantly Paired as Sparring Russian Royals

    A few years ago, Comedy Central struck gold with their “Drunken History” series – historical legends retold by their inebriated participants. There’s just something hilarious about seeing historical figures speaking in anachronistic speech. Before that, think about Keanu Reeves’ BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES flick with Abe Lincoln telling everyone to “party on, dude!” And […] More

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  • Actor, Rob Morgan as Abe, in BULL (2019) film
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    BULL; Starring Rob Morgan: One of the Best Indie Films of 2020 | Review & Trailer

    Annie Silverstein’s intimate story of an aging bull rider, a troubled teenager and economic disparity resonates

    This month, writer-director, Annie Silverstein’s BULL, a small indie film with brilliant casting and chemistry between its leading castmembers not only captured our hearts and souls but its lingering effect garnered the spotlight feature on Brave New Hollywood as one of our favorite 2020 films. Starring Rob Morgan (Last Black Man in San Francisco), and […] More

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  • Noah Schnapp as Abe, and Seu Jorge as Chef Chico in ABE, 2019 film
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    Noah Schnapp Discovers the Healing Power of Food in ABE

    STRANGER THINGS’ Noah Schnapp shines as a twelve-year-old foodie from Brooklyn hoping to unite his divided family.

    Reminiscent of the 1992 Alfonso Arau classic, LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, ABE is a wonderful family film about food as a metaphor for love and life.  In this case, the title character, Abe, is a sweet, optimistic 12-year old boy, the son of a Palestinian father and a Jewish mother living in present-day Brooklyn. Watch […] More

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    MY COMIC SHOP COUNTRY Documentary Film Explores the Culture from Marketing to Survival | Review

    Filmmaker Anthony Desiato digs into the history and the culture of indie comic book shops across United States

    A lovingly made postcard to “comic book shop” culture, MY COMIC SHOP COUNTRY documentary (distributed by First Run Features) looks briefly at the history of these fiercely independent bookstores – beginning from their origins in California in the late 60s to their zenith numbering over 12,000 in the 90s and now shrinking to where there […] More

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  • Bachi Valishvili and Levan Gelbakhiani star in And Then We Danced
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    Film Spotlight: AND THEN WE DANCED, Multi-Award Winning Drama Comes to Los Angeles

    Gay, Georgian dance-film rises above the aggression of alt-right extremists

    You would not guess from its title, but the Swedish-Georgian film, AND THEN WE DANCED was called the most controversial film of 2020. In the era of “love is love,” this little, gay-themed, dance-film (in the Georgian language) has been met with explosive opposition and also applause depending on the audience greeting it. During its […] More

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    CHURCH & STATE: LGBTQ vs The Mormon Church | DVD Release & Trailer

    Today, an important, award-winning documentary on the battle of marriage equality arrives on DVD. CHURCH & STATE, the LGBTQ film, chronicles the assertive approach of an inexperienced, gay activist and a tiny Salt Lake City law firm joining forces to overturn Utah’s gay marriage ban. Captured on camera, the bumpy road to equality in Utah […] More

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    THE BYGONE: Graham Phillips Cowboys Up | Film Review & Trailer

    RIVERDALE star and his brother make a unique Western drama

    This month of November, we are quite fortunate to watch a few indie films that are fresh, beautifully photographed, and somewhat in tune with current cultural and economic challenges facing the United States in addition to telling an engaging, dramatic story. THE BYGONE easily qualifies as one of these special, inspired films. This modern-day western, […] More

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    THE BLONDE ONE: An Impressive Gay Film From Argentina Comes to Los Angeles

    This month, from TLA Releasing, and all the way from Argentina comes THE BLONDE ONE (UN RUBIO) a compelling, soulful film celebrating the gay male gaze. It is the sixth film by Argentine filmmaker, Marco Berger (Plan B, Hawaii) who wrote and directed this impressive LGBT, romantic, drama. Specific shots, elevating testosterone and tensions, silences […] More

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  • Think everything from THX-1138 to THE RUNNING MAN to THE TRUMAN SHOW -- and you get the well-intentioned DIVISION 19. - Octane Entertainment
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    DIVISION 19: A Clever and Stylish SciFi But that Script | Film Review

    Take the clever and stylish production values of DISTRICT 9 and the over-used sci-fi tropes of a life intrusively monetized — think everything from THX-1138 to THE RUNNING MAN to THE TRUMAN SHOW — and you get the well-intentioned DIVISION 19.  Set in the not too distant future, the movie is about a dystopian society […] More

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    The Sunday Sessions: An Up-Close and Disturbing Look at Conversion Therapy | Film Review

    If you can sit through a film tackling “gay conversion therapy,” also known by its other given names “ex-gay” or “repetitive therapy,” a practice rejected by every major medical organization then you are in for a long, grueling, and heartbreaking look into the bizarre and abusive process that has tricked many gay men into believing […] More

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    ‘Making Montgomery Clift’ Documentary Rescues the Actor’s Legacy | LA Film Festival

    A new documentary about the life and career of Hollywood legend, Montgomery Clift, aims to reframe the man from decades of common lore.  If there was a Mount Rushmore of Hollywood, Clift deserves a spot alongside the likes of James Dean and Marlon Brando as Clift was one of the pioneers of method acting in […] More

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  • The twisted and amazing true story of the Shafran triplets is a must-see documentary film called Three Identical Strangers
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    Our Film Pick: Three Identical Strangers | Documentary

    To call it jaw-dropping would probably be an understatement. When it comes to the story of this film and its subjects, once again, it is evident that real life truly is stranger than fiction, and while at times sad, painful, and unbelievable, it remains the most fascinating subject to record and places up on a […] More

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  • Sam Pollard's documentary screening at AFI FEST 2017 will be one of the most talked about documentaries of the year.
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    Documentary: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me | AFI FEST 2017

    In today’s polarizing American politics, where the fast, irresponsible rhetoric has created a culture of divisiveness and seclusion, more than ever a sigh of relief and a glimmer of hope can be a gift. Artists tend to be catalyst for change. Famous artists who use their voice to bring attention to domestic and world affairs […] More

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  • Documentary film "Jim & Andy: the Great Beyond" was screened at TIFF 2017.
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    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – TIFF 2017 Film Review

    In the new documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, veteran funnyman Jim Carrey reflects back on one of the most fascinating periods of his long and storied career: the brief window in the late 90s when, at the height of his fame, he stopped being Jim Carrey altogether. Although ostensibly a behind-the-scenes look at […] More

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  • Jessica Chastain puts on her bast game-face in Aaron Sorkin film "Molly's Game."
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    Molly’s Game: Jessica Chastain Raises the Stakes – TIFF Review

    Molly’s Game premiered at Toronto International Film festival (TIFF) on September 9, 2017 at the Wintergarden Theatre. After years as one of Hollywood’s most prominent and polarizing screenwriters, Aaron Sorkin has finally taken his first foray into directing with Molly’s Game, a true story based on poker madam Molly Bloom’s rise and fall in the […] More

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  • Ann Skelly (RED ROCK) who stars as Candice, with support from a cast of rising and established Irish stars, including Ryan Lincoln (CARDBOARD GANGSTERS), Ryan McParland (SKUNKY DOG), Conall Keating (ROBBIE THE RABBIT) and Tony Doyle (SING STREET)
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    KISSING CANDICE: The Crafty Dark Star of TIFF 2017 – Film Review & Trailer

    KISSING CANDICE opens with a red neon nightmare. A young woman sits in a red car with a young man at night.  She kisses him, then draws back. Kisses him again, then pulls away. The sexual frustration is palpable, but then the young man abruptly gets out of the car and walks into a grotesque […] More

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    As You Are: Starring Charlie Heaton – Our Film Pick, Film Review

    Coming off the Special Jury Prize from Sundance, AS YOU ARE is an intriguing drama that bends troubled family film cliches with an unusual plot device. Told in flashback through police interrogations, we learn how three teenagers become friends in the 90s. Obviously, the audience waits for a crime to reveal itself as the interrogations […] More

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    Fast, Furious Women: SPEED SISTERS – Documentary Film Pick

    In a country where women can be as free and self-expressive as ours, where the Women’s March allows millions of women to openly express their opposition to the ideologies of the leaders they do not support, or enter the same academic field, serve in the military or take on similar competitive sports, the way men […] More

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  • Indie film drama 'Little Men' examines the friendship of two teenagers as their families engage in a feud over property. Movie review by Henrick Vartanian
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    Little Men: Friendship & Choosing Sides in the Modern World – Film Review

    Little Men written by Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias (directed by Sachs) is a film that stays with you, the viewer. We promise you that. Sachs, better known as one of the prominent voices in queer American cinema explores the more traditional American family with familiar elements from previous films such as Love is Strange (2014), […] More

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  • Inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Somnus (2016) is a new SciFi thriller.
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    Sci-Fi Movie Poster Revealed: Somnus

    Following the release of the Somnus teaser trailer, Epic Pictures Group (Turbo Kid, Nina Forever) has just released the sci-fi thriller’s official poster.  The company will release the film in the US later this year. Written by Russell Owen and Chris Reading, the film is Reading’s directorial debut. Somnus follows the crew of an aging […] More

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  • Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg in romantic comedy movie by Emily Ting.
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    Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg in Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong: Romance Enhanced

    Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong – Film Review The challenge of romantic comedies is telling a relatable story between believable characters, in misunderstood, awkward set ups which, hopefully, translate to comedy. Add to that the must-have chemistry of its actors in the lead roles, and as a filmmaker, you are facing a mountain. It’s more […] More

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  • Dr. Valentin Fuster and Dr. Herschel Sklaroff care for critically ill heart patients at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York - First Run Features
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    Making Rounds: Documentary Addresses Patient Care in America – Film Review

    This month, we caught up with the documentary films we needed to see, and discovered the poignant medical documentary Making Rounds (2015). It is a necessary conversation-piece of a film, on the topic of health care, and more importantly patient care. This film is the right step towards restoring the dignity of modern medical practice […] More

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    TANGERINE Movie is Funny, High-Energy and You Better Keep Up

    It’s time to tell you about a cool and stylish indie film that’s going to make a big splash. Judging from the reception and its storytelling style, we predict it is headed for a wider release and more eyeballs, we hope. Tangerine by director Sean Baker is that film. We will go out on a […] More

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    Exclusive: ‘Mistress America’ Trailer Stars Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke

    Writer, director Noah Baumbach is on a roll, again, this time introducing us to two energetic females taking Manhattan with their own approach to life, success and making it in fast-paced, modern America. With the help of his Frances Ha leading lady, Greta Gerwig, and actress, Lola Kirke, best known for Gone Girl, and Amazon […] More

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    Indie Food Comedy ‘Eat With Me’ arrives on DVD

    This week, June 2, 2015, indie Food-comedy Eat With Me (released by Wolfe Video) arrives on DVD in addition to being currently available on VOD. Starring a charismatic, rising star of an actor, Teddy Chen Culver, with newcomer Aidan Bristow, opposite Sharon Omi, and Nicole Sullivan (TV’s “Family Guy”, “MADtv”), this LGBT themed film is […] More

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  • Buzzy film out of Sundance: Tangerine, shot entirely on iphone 5s
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    Buzzy Sundance Film ‘Tangerine’ Finds Worldwide Distribution

    Every year since 1978, a handful of the most talented up and coming indie filmmakers converge on the small hamlet of Park City, Utah to unveil – and more importantly – to sell their latest efforts. In fact, if it weren’t for The Sundance Film Festival and the invaluable exposure that it can provide for […] More

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    First Look: SPECTRE (2015) James Bond Movie VLog From Austria

    Here comes the first look at SPECTRE, the next chapter in the James Bond action, thriller movies, starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, and Ralph Fiennes. In this V-log from the breathtaking Austrian mountains, actors Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista share their excitement about the surreal setting for the shoot as Production designer Dennis Gassner […] More

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  • Jeremy Irvine (The Railway Man) falls prey to Michael Douglas' and his high-powered rifle in BEYOND THE REACH (2015)
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    BEYOND THE REACH Trailer: Michael Douglas Hunts Jeremy Irvine

    Here comes the thrilling, action-packed trailer to Beyond the Reach (formerly known as The Reach). Beyond the Reach stars cinema veteran Michael Douglas, and rising star Jeremy Irvine (The Railway Man). Douglas plays a wealthy businessman who hires a young guide (Irvine) to lead them for a hunting expedition. As Douglas’ character realizes he shot a man, […] More

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    President Bill Clinton’s Surprise Visit During VIRUNGA Documentary Screening

    This evening, President Bill Clinton made a surprise visit to a screening of the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, VIRUNGA — hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio. The film, which is also executive produced by DiCaprio, follows an embattled team of park rangers in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo who risk their lives to protect […] More

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    CHILD 44 Trailer: Tom Hardy Hunts For A Serial Killer

    Here comes the first trailer to Child 44, released by Summit Entertainment. Based on Tom Rob Smith’s best selling 2008 novel, the film stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max:Fury Road, Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Joel Kinnaman (The Killing, RoboCop), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Dawn […] More

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    FIRST LOOK at Leonardo DiCaprio in THE REVENANT

    Here are the first set of photos released by 20th Century Fox, giving us a glimpse at Leonardo DiCaprio as a 19th century American fur trapper in The Revenant. Deep in the uncharted American wilderness, trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is severely injured and left for dead by a traitorous member of his team, John Fitzgerald (Tom […] More

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    ALL THE WILDERNESS Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee

    Anticipated is the word, around our Brave New Hollywood headquarters, aka: on our “must-see” list pinned to the foam board. It means we’re serious about this film. All The Wilderness, previously known as “The Wilderness of James” chronicles the journey of an awkward, out-of-place teenager searching for a sense of self while struggling with the […] More

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    Seth Rogen surprises moviegoers at first theatrical screening of ‘The Interview’

    Let freedom ring. ‘The Interview’ Co-Director & Co-Star Seth Rogen and his Co-Director Evan Goldberg surprised moviegoers last night at a sold-out midnight screening at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles, introducing the film and thanking the audience who showed up for the first public theatrical screening of the film. “You are the best, we thought […] More

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    Buzzy Indie Film THE HEART MACHINE Gets Its Audience

    Here’s a cool indie romance drama that caught our eye once again. It had a buzz at SXSW, went quiet for a little bit, and now it has picked up more steam, in the form of a U.S. distribution, and we’re looking forward to seeing it. Tracking two parallel journeys that show how digital media […] More

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    It’s The Future of The Past: ‘Space Station 76’ Movie Trailer

    It looks like 2014 will go down as the year for impressive Science Fiction films that made their way into theaters the indie route. Under the Skin, Snowpiercer and The Zero Theorem were films that caught some buzz aside from the anticipations of the fans. Add to this the big budget arrival of Guardians of […] More

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    TIFF 2014: Our Toronto Roundup – Actresses

    Another TIFF has once again come and gone, anointing with it, a fair share of winners (The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything) losers (Men, Women, & Children, The Cobbler) and just plain WTF’s (Tusk, Force Majeure). And while the debate still rages on as to whom the undisputed first lady of this year’s Toronto […] More

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    ROSEWATER: Jon Stewart’s Cinematic Call Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

    In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran’s volatile elections for Newsweek. He was one of the few reporters living there with access to US media. Around this time, he also appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped interview with comedian Jason Jones, all meant as a satire, but authorities in […] More

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    They’re Back: The Inbetweeners 2 Movie

          Britain’s favorite quartet of hapless lads are back on the silver screen. The Inbetweeners 2 takes Jay, Simon, Neil and Will overseas to Australia for another boozy, skirt-chasing series of misadventures, and homegrown audiences are eating it up. The smash-hit sequel was released to “record-breaking success, receiving the biggest ever opening day for a […] More

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    Ryan Phillippe is ready to CATCH HELL

    Ryan Phillippe is ready to Catch Hell—okay, it’s an easy pun. But he’s asking for it when that’s the title of his writing and directing debut. “Variety” notes his first step behind the camera is described as a “suspense thriller” in which he plays “a former Hollywood star”—again, he’s just asking for it!—kidnapped and held […] More

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  • "Such Good People" film: House-sitting for wealthy friends a young gay couple find a big amount of cash in one of the rooms after the home owners are killed while travelling.
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    Indie Film Review: SUCH GOOD PEOPLE

    There’s a running joke with ‘gay’ films that if the story doesn’t have some sort of punishing sexuality-related tragedy or at least one unrequited love affair with a hot ‘questioning’ roommate, then chances are that movie isn’t gonna get made. Whether it’s true or not, however, it actually makes sense; considering the fact that the […] More

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    BLUEBIRD Movie Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Support Independent Release

    BLUEBIRD movie, the award winning debut from writer/director Lance Edmands, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support an independent North American release. The film stars John Slattery, Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, Adam Driver, and Margo Martindale.  About the Film: BLUEBIRD explores the interconnectedness of a small logging town in the northern reaches of […] More

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  • R to L: the poster for the Gore Vidal documentary, Right; the American literary figure, Gore Vidal on the phone
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    “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia” – Film Review

    IFC Films presents a straight forward tribute to Gore Vidal, an American literary giant

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  • An unhealthy obsession fuels "Streamer," a short film by Jared Bratt.
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    Short Film Review: That Moody Indie Horror, STREAMER

    There’s nothing like a moody indie, horror film to start our gloomy Friday in L.A. We screened, OK, streamed Streamer, a short film by Canadian filmmaker Jared Bratt, and we liked it. Sitting on the edge of a tub in the bathroom, a young man motor mouths his thoughts and emotions, at a manic pace. […] More

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    Movie rant: Why “Les Misérables” Will Leave us Misérable

    Really Hollywood?  Is the new Hollywood now the very old Hollywood? Les Misérables? Have you run out of ideas for new musical movies that you have to turn to an 1862 novel that’s been filmed over 70 times?  As if the 2012 version is the one that will be the definitive musical version and make us forget […] More

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    BNH special pick: John Hurt in ‘Sailcloth’

    Here at BNH we’d like to tell you about Sailcloth a very special DVD that has been travelling around the office. And with all the distractions in our fast-paced days, the reactions to this film (at least in our little media empire), have been interesting self-evaluations,  with an acknowledged appreciation for life itself. The other day, someone called […] More

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    Paul Walker carjacked in “Vehicle 19,” planning “Fast & Furious” lap 6

    Matinee idol Paul Walker is currently the apple of Hollywood’s eye thanks to the global box office success of Fast Five He’s using that new found clout to jump-start a thriller by an up-and-coming writer/director that Walker would headline and executive produce. Vehicle 19 is scheduled to shoot in South Africa in August. Walker would play “an […] More

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    Focused: Ryan Phillippe taking on real-life drama in ‘The Bang Bang Club’

    Matinee idol Ryan Phillippe takes on the real-life role of a Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographer in his new movie opening Friday. He plays Greg Marinovich, who chronicled the societal unrest and violence that erupted in South Africa following the release from prison of Nelson Mandela in 1990. The script was adapted by director Steven Silver from the nonfiction […] More

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