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

    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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    NEVER AGAIN IS NOW Antisemitism Doc is Our Film Pick | Review & Tailer

    At Brave New Hollywood we believe in drawing attention to films worthy of time and attention. This month, we pick NEVER AGAIN IS NOW, an important and timely documentary releasing wide on October 23rd, and urge you to see it. Personal films are often the most moving and poignant ones, because they are rooted in […] 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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    THELMA & LOUISE Revisited in New Documentary | Exclusive Clip

    THELMA & LOUISE is being revisited in a new documentary film. In twenty-five years, as a woman and as an artist, Jennifer Townsend has lived and grown with the undeniably powerful, effective piece of cinema that has imprinted its lasting effects on many Americans, lovers of film, and supporters of social change. Her new documentary […] More

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    Inside Michal Aviad’s WORKING WOMAN and Film Feminism Post #MeToo | BNH Interview

    From feminist filmmaker Michal Aviad, known for her numerous documentary films, comes her second feature film, WORKING WOMAN, focusing on the lasting effects and the destructiveness of sexual harassment at the workplace. This moving, effective film which takes an honest, mature look at the subject without preaching to its audience is a timely piece now […] 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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  • Filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield digs deep on a personal journey to look at america's wealth culture in her latest film "Generation Wealth." - Released by Amazon Studios
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    ‘Generation Wealth’: New Documentary Examines Capitalism and Greed in America | TRAILER

    For the past 25 years acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles, Thin, kids+money, #likeagirl) has traveled the world, documenting a vast range of cultural movements and moments. Yet, after so much seeking and searching, she realized that much of her work pointed at one uniting phenomenon: wealth culture. In her new documentary film, Generation […] 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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  • 'Hooked' an LGBTQ indie drama is out on DVD and VOD.

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    Actor Conor Donnally is Out of Options in Max Emerson’s ‘Hooked’

    This month a new, provocative LGBTQ-themed film shines a light on the turbulent lives of the homeless gay teenagers on America’s streets. In the past, these young men and women were bundled up under “runaways,” but there has always been more to their stories than it meets the eyes. They carry a deep pain, suffer […] More

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    THE FABULOUS ALLAN CARR Documentary Film on the Iconic Producer, Manager, Disaster Artist | Review

    To the movie going public, celebrities are the actors, the stars, sometimes the directors.  To the industry, there are superstar producers, and the late Allan Carr was a well-known and successful producer, manager and promoter who arguably zenithed at the height of the disco era in the late 1970s. The man behind the hugely successful […] More

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  • Mike Dopud chases hackers in director Guy Rogers-Dubert's 2047 Virtual Revolution is now available on DVD in the U.S.
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    2047: Virtual Revolution – Film Review & Trailer

    2047: Virtual Revolution is a good looking action sci-fi flick heavily influenced by the look and feel of Blade Runner. Strategically renamed “2047” – it made the film festival circle as just Virtual Revolution – to no doubt take advantage of the video release of Blade Runner 2049 we follow Nash, a private investigator (Mike […] More

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    ‘Shot’ Starring Noah Wyle Has Impact | Our Film Pick

    Starring Noah Wyle (of ER, The Librarians, and Falling Skies fame), Sharon Leal (Supergirl) and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Shot is a compelling drama about how an accidental gunshot impacts a number of lives. Our film pick and review. Wyle plays Mark, a movie sound editor living the good life in LA except he is […] 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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    Our Film Pick: ‘Soy Nero’ is Timely, Important and Carefully Crafted – Review

    This weekend the attention we must give to the arrival of a DACA based film Soy Nero is a no-brainer.  This independently produced war-drama, and the English language debut of internationally acclaimed director Rafi Pitts, takes a deep, concentrated look into the twists and the aftermath of the DACA program, an the hell of war, […] More

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  • Rising star Dylan O'Brien and co-star Shiva Negar jump into the action in "American Assassin."
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    American Assassin: a Generic Overkill Saved by Dylan O’Brien and Shiva Negar

    Based on the novel by bestselling author, Vince Flynn American Assassin follows the dangerous mission of a civilian turned CIA killer. Under the supervision and hardcore training of a Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (actor, Michael Keaton), a young CIA black ops recruit, Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) is put on an assignment to chase leads […] More

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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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    The Atoning: Stylish, Falls Flat – Film Review

    “Any progress?” “Not really.” And with that exchange between husband and wife 20 minutes into THE ATONING, we’re off to a slow start for something to happen. Writer/Director Michael Williams clearly made this flick in the mode of THE SHINING.  A good looking film set in the most perfectly decorated isolated farmhouse this side of […] More

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    Film Pick: CROWN HEIGHTS is a Timely Story of True Injustice | Trailer

    This week, as our film pick, we want to draw your attention to an important crime-drama which sadly tells another true tale of unfair punishment in the jaws of the American prison system. Crown Heights (distributed by Amazon Studios, IFC Films), written and directed by Matt Ruskin, winner of the 2017 Sundance Audience award, is […] More

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    Letters From Baghdad: The True Story of Gertrude Bell and Iraq – Our Documentary Pick

    We have been blessed, here at Brave New Hollywood, lately, with a row of  documentary films, and the film we must bring to your attention is one that is loved by us and many critics online. Letters From Baghdad (distributed by Vitagraph Films) is an important, entertaining film we highly recommend. It is the untold […] More

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    Frantz Movie: A Tormented French Man Struggles to Tell the Truth – Review & Trailer

    The film we like to bring to your attention this week is a history-based drama, titled Frantz, by François Ozon (Under the Sand, 8 Women, Swimming Pool). Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918), Frantz takes place in the tense and sad recovery phase after both sides lost […] 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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  • Actors, Brian Cox (L) and Emile Hirsch (R) cut deep in 'The Autopsy of Jane Doe,' our alternative holiday indie film pick with horror.
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    ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe’ Our Holiday Horror Film Pick

    Here is a stylish, indie thriller we just had to bring to your attention. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (starring Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox) was a last minute addition to our viewing list of the season, and we were pretty happy to have been invited to see it, at a special screening, at The […] More

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  • 25 years later, in 'Strike a Pose,' a new documentary released by Bond 360, Madonna's most famous backup dancers speak out. - Photo: Silversalt PR
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    In New Documentary STRIKE A POSE Madonna’s Dancers Speak Out

    In new documentary Strike a Pose, Madonna’s most famous dancers, from her Blond Ambition Tour, get the opportunity to revisit and tell their side of the experience and the life they have lived post the legendary concert event. In 1990, seven young male dancers – six gay, one straight – joined Madonna on her most […] More

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    3D Documentary about Leonardo da Vinci Explores His Human Side

    In this Hollywood era brimming with three-dimensional produced superhero flicks and animated films, it’s fascinating how a made-for-TV documentary found its way into the consciousness of the viewing public. Inside the Mind of Leonardo da Vinci is a biopic about the great Renaissance man’s life and his work. On paper, you might anticipate this movie to […] More

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    Documentary ‘Do Not Resist’ Explores the Rapid Militarization of Our Police Force – Trailer

    Do Not Resist (documentary), a very timely and controversial look into the business of American policing and peace-keeping is about to hit theaters. along the way, this film has managed to thrill audiences with is bone-chilling observations and win an award at Tribeca Film Festival. It is the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson giving […] 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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  • Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult rediscover love in 'Equals.'
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    Nicholas Hoult & Kristen Stewart Make EQUALS – Our Film Pick

      This indie sci-fi flick slipped quietly in limited and VOD release which is a shame, given its millennially-popular leads, Nicholas Hoult (X-MEN) and Kristen Stewart (TWILIGHT). Equals is a beautifully shot film (locations in hyper-modern Singapore and Japan) and is the latest riff on a favorite sci-fi theme: Can Big Brother suppress true human […] More

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  • Creedmoria explores the auto-biographical family troubles of its filmmaker
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    Film Focus: Creedmoria, starring Stef Dawson

    Hitting the film festival circuit these past few weeks is an awkwardly charming (it’s a good thing) indie coming-of-age comedy with a heart, titled Creedmoria. It features the fashion and the uncertainty of the 70s transition into the 80s, vintage cars, and good ‘ol classic rock as its soundtrack. Intrigued? The film has gone under […] More

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    The Ones Below: A Potent Urban Thriller – Film Review

    An eerie, art house piece of British cinema made it onto our “watch this” list this week. It was a film we heard a few of our reviewers mention, one garnering fairly positive reactions by film buffs. We understood what they meant as we found ourselves silently still in front of the monitor after the […] More

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  • Hilary Clinton aide Huma Abedin braves the scandal in new documentary 'Weiner.'
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    Documentary Film on Anthony Weiner is a Must-See

    In a new high-energy documentary Weiner, chronicling the reemergence, of ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner, as he re-enters the political arena vying as a candidate in the New York City mayoral race, directors Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg find their film project diverted as new accusations meet the relentless will of their impulsive star. Anthony Weiner is an […] 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, 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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    Becoming Bulletproof: A Beautiful Film Pierces Through The Heart

    Becoming Bulletproof – our Brave New Hollywood review. Being an actor isn’t easy… You need nerves of steel, tireless conviction, and a superhuman ability to deal with rejection. And even then, your chances of actually getting work can be pretty grim. But for the remarkable performers who’ve become part of Will and Peter Halby’s Zeno […] More

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    Chris Evans’ BEFORE WE GO Doesn’t Really Go Anywhere

    Before We Go – film review NYC – night. A boy and girl meet under unlikely circumstances, traipse around the city and try to figure out the meaning of their lives. Before We Go, Chris Evans’ directorial debut has the recipe for a good old fashioned New York City romance but instead leaves us feeling […] More

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  • written by Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, Blood Sucking Bastards takes a bite out of office culture
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    Bloodsucking Bastards: Working Bites – Indie Horror Comedy

    Welcome to the blandest of environments, a bare and totally depressing office space , where we meet Evan (Fran Kranz) and his cohorts, a mish-mosh of sales guys in their late twenties who spend most of their working day playing video games while unsuccessfully hawking male enhancement products. Our review of Bloodsucking Bastards, distributed by […] More

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    Indie Film Review: Joanne Kelly Takes Charge in RUNOFF

    Here’s a film we have been a bit tardy on viewing. The truth is, that it made it into our net just recently, and we were so glad to see it, before its release. Now, we can encourage all you film warriors to see it. Runoff, is writer-director Kimberly Levin’s farmland drama, starring Joanne Kelly […] 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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    Our Film Pick – Documentary: ‘Listen To Me Marlon’

    Heads up to all you Marlon Brando fans and lovers of American cinema! Just when you thought you had seen enough material on the late legendary actor comes this rare treat of a film with a very personal voice, Brando’s.  Yes, unbeknownst to the public, Marlon Brando created a vast archive of personal audio materials […] More

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    Review: Indie Comedy ‘Actor For Hire’ Tackles Hollywood with a Wig

    Indie Comedy Actor For Hire – Written, Directed & Produced By: Marcus Mizelle — If there is one Hollywood myth that won’t die, it is that anyone with a suitcase and a dream can land on the shores of Sunset Blvd and become a star. In this comedy, Actor For Hire, we meet Jesse O’Neill (Jesse […] More

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  • Actors Thatcher Robinson (L) and Paul Stank tough it out, in Edd Benda's directorial debut, SUPERIOR
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    Indie Film Review: SUPERIOR – Dances With Films 18

    As seen at this year’s Dances With Films 18 Festival, our review of Edd Benda’s indie film, Superior. This coming of age drama set in Michigan during the summer of 1969, follows best friends, Charlie (Thatcher Robinson) and Derek (Paul Stanko) at the crossroads between youth and adulthood. While the brawny and blond teenagers look alike, […] 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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    Our Man in Tehran Thrills: The Story of Argo By The Real Players

    As an American-Iranian who lived through this day, in person, some thirty six years ago, in history, Our Man in Tehran (documentary, First Run Features release) filled in many gaps, both in my foggy childhood memory and the pages of history. The documentary by Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein examines the intense, true story of […] More

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    Ex Machina: Thought-Provoking & Thrilling – Our Film Review

    EX MACHINA is the direct descendant of BLADE RUNNER, the 1982 sci-fi cult classic.  Both films ask the questions: When is Artificial Intelligence sentient? If you made an AI, would it be your property to do what you please? Does an AI have rights? Would you expect an AI to have feelings? Written and directed by […] More

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    Indie Movie Review: Liars Fires and Bears

    This week we were able to catch up with a crowd pleasing award winner in the indie film circuit, and we are very happy to give it some worthy attention. Directed by Jeremy Cloe, Liars Fires and Bears is the heartwarming tale, with colorfully likeable characters, witty dialogue, and comedic chaos while holding on to […] More

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    Movie Review: KILL ME THREE TIMES Starring Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer

    Movie Review: Kill Me Three Times Starring Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer Simon Pegg (STAR TREK) stars as hitman Charlie Wolfe in the highly enjoyable Aussie black-comedy, KILL ME THREE TIMES, that crosses Coen Bros cool with Tarantino comic violence. Pegg, best known to sci-fi geeks as Scotty, and to comedy fans as the star of […] More

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    ‘October Gale’ Review: It So Badly Wants To Be a Good Thriller

    Patricia Clarkson can stand perfectly still and look out the window and chances are she’ll craft something extraordinary to watch. Pair this gifted performer with her praised Cairo Time director, Ruba Nadda, one more time and lightning can struck twice, right? Not quite. Our October Gale review: In October Gale, Helen Matthews (Clarkson) is a […] More

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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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    Indie Drama BLUEBIRD: Tragedy In a Small Town – Film Review

    The film opens with a dreary Maine winter scene of a paper mill. We watch a procession of logs get processed and pulped that we’re wondering if we’re watching a slaughterhouse instead. BLUEBIRD is dotted with scenes of logging, and the message that something is being cut down in its prime is delivered loud and […] More

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    Film Review: ‘All the Wilderness’ Is Alive With Kodi Smit-McPhee

    On surface, James Charm, played skillfully by Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of The Apes, Young Ones) is the typical American teenager, a single child being raised by a single mother. Yet it is the loss of his father that brings on a rocky adulthood for the emotionally distressed James. There are weekly visits […] 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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  • Now available on VOD platforms, "Love Me" goes behind the mail-order bride industry
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    ‘Love Me’ Documentary Explores Love In The Mail-Order Bride Business

    ‘Love Me’ Documentary Explores Love In The Mail-Order Bride Business. This month a new documentary by Jonathan Narducci, gets single men away from their computers and helps them dive into real life dating—even if it means finding love overseas.  Love Me takes flight by introducing bachelors from all corners of the United States and putting […] 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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    Indie Film Review: DRUID PEAK starring Spencer Treat Clark, Andrew Wilson

    You have seen our exclusive interview, with the star of a movie we were lucky enough to discover at Dances with Films Festival in 2014 – a film we decided to follow throughout the year. Druid Peak was the small-budget, indie, nature and adventure film that was big on capturing our hearts at Brave New […] More

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    Film Review: The Principle – Documentary by Katheryne Thomas

    Our human understanding of the physical world is built upon specific principals that govern everything around us, from the tiniest atom to the largest red giant. These rules, established over millennia by brilliant visionaries like Galileo and Newton – each working to build upon prior advancements – have formed the basis for how we view […] More

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    Film Review: LIFE INSIDE OUT

    It’s been said regarding actors, that if you hope to portray the type of challenging, fully realized parts that first drove you into this profession, sometimes you just have to write them yourself. Well, that’s exactly what Maggie Baird and Lori Nasso have done in their new film, Life Inside Out. Working with director, Jill D’Agnenica […] 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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    BNH Film Pick: Pat Mills’ GUIDANCE at TIFF 2014

      This month at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014, watch out for an underdog of a movie with no A-lister names, but blessed with a wicked, dark humor, and a leading man who hits the right notes with his sharp, witty portrayal of a washed up, child actor entering the real world. Guidance stars […] 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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    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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    Film Review: The Stylish Non-Stop Horror of ‘Judas Ghost’

    Narration: “Ghosts are everywhere!” Cut to: shot of a business-casual young man, splashing around in a pool of.., wait, is that blood? We’re in! And that’s how it opens. With Judas Ghost the thrill-ride starts from the get go. Based on the “Ghost Finders” books, by New York Times’ best-selling author, Simon R. Green, this little […] More

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    Indie Film Review: DIFFERENT DRUM

      This week we streamed an unusually interesting film that grew on us and kept us watching. Different Drum is a charming little film. And by little, we mean very indie, with a shoestring production budget under $10k, home grown, with local talent. Tod and Lydia (played by newbies, Zach Zint and Isabella DeVoy) deal […] More

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    THE PROJECTIONIST Observes the Aftermath of War – (indie film review)

    the projectionist movie review. The Kickstarter page for “The Projectionist,” says it best: “a warrior reduced to a shadow.” Because of its subject, and the story, this was not an easy one to watch, but we, the two Brave New Hollywood film-geeks picked this indie film as our weekend viewing. The black and white photography, […] More

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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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    “Sanctum” – DVD review

    Newly out on video, SANCTUM was the brainchild of producer James Cameron who decided he wanted to use his 3D cameras and AVATAR technology to do a thriller in the deep underwater cave system of Papua, New Guinea. Long an extreme sportsman, Cameron chose a relatively new director and assembled a mostly unknown Australian cast […] 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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    DVD review: ‘Buried’ starring Ryan Reynolds

    ‘Buried,’ DVD review by: Harrison Cheung Ryan Reynolds, he of the comic improvisation and the Men’s Health abs, began his career as a Canadian child star who was following in the footsteps of compatriot comedian, Jim Carrey. He’s had a varied and successful career, from comedy (The Proposal, Waiting) to buff action hero (X-MEN, BLADE […] More

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