Category Archives: Movie Reviews

October 11

OPENS THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 IN LOS ANGELES AT LAEMMLE MONICA FILM CENTER AND MORE CITIES + HOLDING IN NYC AT FILM FORUM

“Karen Dalton: In My Own Time, which takes its title from her second album, is in tune with the haunting poetics of her work.”“The documentary’s…interviews with friends, bandmates, exes and her daughter, Abralyn (Abbe) Baird offer first-person recollections that are vivid and, in their quiet way, emotionally charged… Holds a crucial place in preserving her work…above all […]

September 26

Julia @ TIFF 2021

Directed by: Julie Cohen and Betsy West, “Julia” presented a portrait of Julia Child, whose cookbooks and TV shows revolutionized American cuisine.Julia Child was a pinoneer of the 20th century. Born in 1912, she defied expectations for women of her time by travelling abroad, mastering French cuisine, and then, in her fifties, becoming a celebrity […]

September 22

Nobuhiko Obayashi’s LABYRINTH OF CINEMA@The Metrograph in New York on October 20 and in Los Angeles@The Lumiere Cinema-October 29 (co-presented by Acropolis Cinema)&VANCOUVER-Friday, October 30@Vancity Theater(At VIFF Centre)with a nationwide theatrical release to follow.

LABYRINTH OF CINEMA Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi (House)Cast: Takuro Atsuki, Takahito Hosoyamada, Yoshihiko Hosoda, Rei Yoshida, Riko Narumi, Hirona Yamazaki, Takako Tokiwa  LABYRINTH OF CINEMA will be released at The Metrograph in New York on October 20 and in Los Angeles at The Lumiere Cinema on October 29 (co-presented by Acropolis Cinema) with a nationwide theatrical release to follow. […]

September 22

Jockey @TIFF 2021

Aging jockey Jackson Silva (Clifton Collins Jr.) is forced to come to terms with the limitations of his body’s deterioration from years of working through injuries, struggling to train for the final championship of his career. Longtime trainer and sometime friend Ruth (Molly Parker) lends a sympathetic ear and a sought-after horse to increase his […]

September 21

RIVER’S END A Feature Documentary Film by Jacob Morrison

Run time: 81 Minutes (USA)  RIVER’S END will be released on VOD in the US, Canada and UK on November 2.  VOD Platforms: Apple TV/iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu (US, Canada, UK)  Cable Platforms: InDemand TVOD (Comcast, Spectrum, Cox), DirectTV/AT&T and more (US)  RIVER’S END explores the global water crisis, using California as a microcosm. […]

September 20

The Devil’s Driver @TIFF 2021

The Devil’s Drivers has the formula of a Steve McQueen’s chase film as it follows Palestinian smugglers on high-speed trips to help workers cross the border. The film is an intimate portrait of a group of smugglers risking everything on high-speed trips to help Palestinians workers cross the border into Israel every day for work. […]

September 20

ONE SECOND @ TIFF 2021

Toronto International Film Festival 2021TIFF21 Closing Film ONE SECOND     by  Sally Warburton We can’t believe TIFF21 is over!!  The last day for TIFF21 was Saturday, September 18. TIFF’s Joana Vicente introduced the film and greeted the audience sharing the joy of having a successful TIFF21. The last film was Zhang Yimou’s “One Second”.  […]

September 20

THE GOOD HOUSE @ TIFF 2021

TIFF Toronto International Film Festival 2021 #TIFF21   Film THE GOOD HOUSE    by Sally Warburton The beautiful Roy Thomson Hall was one of the main screening venues for TIFF21 films. A long awaited film release is that of THE GOOD HOUSE starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline. Audience members were thrilled to have Sigourney Weaver […]

September 14

Oscar Peterson: Black+White @TIFF 2021

Born in Montreal, Quebec- Oscar Peterson rose to prominence with his influential piano playing. Barry Avrich’s celebration of the musician, Oscar Peterson: Black + White, charts Peterson’s rise to prominence and his legendary musicianship . Interviewing lifelong friends, relatives, and some of his legion of fans — from Quincy Jones to Billy Joel, who was […]

September 05

IN NY, LA, PDX THEN EXPANDS – ‘THE CAPOTE TAPES’ documentary from director Ebs Burnough; Premiered at Toronto Intl Film Festival-TIFF

OPENS IN NY, LA, & PORTLAND ON FRIDAY 9/10 PLUS: MANY NEW CITIES & THEATERSJUST ADDED – OPENING 9/17 AND 9/24 ‘THE CAPOTE TAPES’ ACCLAIMED TIFF DOCUMENTARY ON TRUMAN CAPOTE TO BE RELEASED IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE STARTING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 WORLD PREMIERE – TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 95% FRESH SYNOPSISAnswered Prayers was meant to be Truman Capote’s greatest masterpiece, an epic portrait of New York’s glittering […]

August 20

THE DEVIL’S DRIVERS-Directed by Mohammed Abugeth and Daniel Carsenty ***World Premiere – 2021 Toronto International Film Festival***

Mark It ZeroIn collaboration with CHUNK FilmproductionWith the Support of Doha Film Institute and AFAC, the Arab Foundation for Arts and CulturePresent THE DEVIL’S DRIVERS Directed by Mohammed Abugeth and Daniel Carsenty ***World Premiere – 2021 Toronto International Film Festival*** TO BE ANNOUNCED AUGUST 24TH WORLD PREMIERE at TIFF P&I ScreeningOnline Screenings ***This is an acquisition title*** About the […]

August 12

Filmmaker Sunnie McFadden-Curtis Presents “BROKEN VOWS: STORIES OF SEPARATION ” Documentary Film

Benchboy productions inc.  presents  BROKEN VOWS: STORIES OF SEPARATION   A Sunnie McFadden-Curtis documentary film             The multi-award-winning feature-length documentary BROKEN VOWS: Stories of Separation takes you into lives of women, their personal stories, and tales of those caught in the crossfire of marriage breakdown and separation. Directed by award-winning director Sunnie McFadden-Curtis, it is a project from the filmmaker’s production company, […]

August 06

Documentary film on an extraordinary life and times-AIDS DIVA: THE LEGEND OF CONNIE NORMAN

AIDS DIVA:THE LEGEND OF CONNIE NORMAN Documentary film on the extraordinary life and times of Connie Norman, the late Transgender AIDS Activist and LGBTQ media spokesperson, in early 90’s Los Angeles.Directed by Dante AlencastreProduced by Dante Alencastre, John Johnston Official Selection – 2021 OutfestOfficial Selection – 2021 BFI Flare London LGBTQ+ Film FestivalOfficial Selection – 2021 OUTshine Film […]

July 29

Theatrical Release Dates! The Award Winning & Moving Documentary UNAPOLOGETIC – Directed by Ashley O’Shay –Aug 20 – Chicago ; Aug 27 – Toronto&NYC ; Sep 3 – LA; Nationwide Release

A Film by Ashley O’ShayProduced by Morgan Elise Johnson Ashley O’ShayExecutive Produced by Yvonne Welbon, Gordon Quinn, and Jolene Pinder “This is Black history that we are making! Even if we don’t, our stories gon’ make it!” ***UNAPOLOGETIC Trailer*** ***Exclusive Clip from the Film*** Opening August 20th – Chicago Gene Siskel Center in Chicago Opening August 27th – New York City […]

July 09

THE AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY “UNAPOLOGETIC” – A FILM BY ASHLEY O’SHAY ANNOUNCES ITS THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION STARTING AUGUST 20 IN CHICAGO; NEW YORK AUGUST 27; LOS ANGELES SEPT 3 & NATIONWIDE

The film is the award winning and moving film UNAPOLOGETIC – A FILM BY ASHLEY O’SHAY.  It’s powerful and crucial.  Kartemquin Films is one of the producers releasing the film.   Here’s the synopsis for your perusal:After two police killings, Black millennial organizers challenge a Chicago administration complicit in state violence against its Black residents. Told through […]