Important Docs ‘My Nazi Legacy’ & ‘Armor of Light’ Premiere on PBS in May

A still from “My Nazi Legacy” One of the highlights of last year for me was sitting down with...more

Tribeca Film Fest: Diverse Docs on Sex Abuse Legislation, Family Secrets & Happiness

Three of the full-length documentaries at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival dealt with a variety of topics, some very serious and some less so, but all compelling. Untouchable...more

Tribeca Film Fest: ‘My Scientology Movie’ Doc Gets Church’s Intimidation Tactics on Film

Louis Theroux in “My Scientology Movie” Louis Theroux gets current Scientologists on film in “My Scientology Movie,” a documentary in which he appears but does not direct. (It’s directed by Theroux’s co-screenwriter, John Dower.) There is footage of members of the church calling former member Marty Rathbun a “suppressive person” and harassing him as he arrives at an airport. There is also footage of church members filming Theroux as he makes his documentary and demanding that he turn off his cameras ....more

Tribeca Film Fest: Filmmakers Talk Doc ‘Solitary’ – Does Solitary Confinement Ever Make Sense?

A still from “Solitary” The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival documentary, “Solitary,” brings us into the lives of prison inmates who are kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, sometimes for years on end. Produced and directed by women, the movie is an unnerving look at a dilemma: What do you do with prisoners who are either too violent to be in general population or are at risk of violence in general population? While the film doesn’t come to any conclusions, it seems clear that solitary or “segregation” (“seg” for short) doesn’t work ....more

Tribeca Film Fest: Very Different Narratives ‘Little Boxes’ & ‘Children of the Mountain’

Nelsan Ellis, Armani Jackson, and Melanie Lynskey in “Little Boxes” “Little Boxes,” directed by Rob Meyer,...more

Tribeca Film Fest: Michael Shannon’s Career Rise

Alex Pettyfer and Michael Shannon at the “Elvis & Nixon” press conference in New York | Melanie Votaw Photo I saw fellow Kentuckian Michael Shannon on Broadway in 2012 in a play called “Grace,” in which he starred with Paul Rudd, Ed Asner, and Shannon’s real-life partner, Kate Arrington. Shannon frequently plays intense characters, and “Grace” was no exception. Shannon now has three films in the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival – “Elvis & Nixon,” “Wolves,” and “Poor Boy.” I didn’t manage to catch “Poor Boy,” but I saw the other two – both also intense characters for Shannon, although the role of Elvis has comic elements as portrayed in this particular movie ....more

Tribeca Film Fest: Tom Hanks in Surprising ‘A Hologram for the King’

On the one hand, Tom Hanks’ latest film, “A Hologram for the King,” directed by Tom Tykwer (“Cloud Atlas”), is a return to the comic work of his early career. On the other hand, the film is a departure for him in that its script (adapted by Tykwer from Dave Eggers’ book) is inferior to the majority of Hanks’ later films. That said, “A Hologram for the King” is entertaining and unpredictable ....more

New Movies in Theaters – The Huntsman, Hologram for the King

The Huntsman: Winter’s War New movies in theaters this week include Charlize Theron in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Tom Hanks in A Hologram for the King, Patrick Stewart in the horror-thriller Green Room, and more. Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters this week. THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence and some sensuality | In Theaters 4/22 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Emily Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom ....more

Tom Hiddleston – ‘I Wanted To Loathe Hugh Laurie’ in The Night Manager – Tribeca

Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie are the dream duo who star in “The Night Manager,” adapted from the John le Carré novel that weaves together the world of spies, espionage and subterfuge and how they relate to identity and the masks people wear. Part one of the six-part miniseries based on the 1993 novel premiered last week at the Tribeca Film Festival and is currently airing on AMC. Directed by Academy Award winning director Susanne Bier, the story has been updated a few decades by the screenwriter Davis Farr, who was allowed to take liberties with the story by the novelist ....more

Jodie Foster on Wearing Those Hot Pants in ‘Taxi Driver’ – Tribeca Red Carpet

Taxi Driver turned 40 this year, and Tribeca Film Festival celebrated with a special screening and a panel featuring Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro Thursday evening at the Beacon Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The celebration brought together all the starry cast members, including screenwriter Paul Schrader, and stars Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel and Jodie Foster, who all seemed to be in high spirits on the red carpet. Jodie Foster | Paula Schwartz Photo De Niro, who was just starting out in his career, played the volatile and mentally unhinged Vietnam-vet Travis Bickle ....more