Film Review: RED HOOK SUMMER is an urban fable of the Brooklyn kind (Video)

Producer Shani Harris; actress and producer Antonia Badon; and historian and videographer, Madelaine Piel, sat down with our host, Stefanie Alleyne, at the traditional Irish restaurant and bar, “Percy’s Tavern,” in Alphabet City in the Lower East Side in Manhatan to review filmmaker Spike Lee’s latest project, “Red Hook Summer.”...more

Film Review: "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is a bayou jewel

A winner this year at both Sundance Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award) and Cannes Film Festival (Best First Feature), "Beasts of the Southern Wild," is melting hearts and receiving critical praise from around the globe. Co-written by Lucy Alibar, utilizing elements from her play, "Juicy and Delicious" and storyline ideas from Benh Zeitlin, who is also the film's director, "Beasts of the Southern Wild," is being touted as this year's indie world poster child....more

Film Review: "Intouchables" transcends lives and life

Based on a true story, the film, "Intouchables," is written and directed by the super, successful French cinematic duo, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. The story follows an affluent Parisian quadriplegic, played by Francois Cluzet as Phillippe, who after becoming paralyzed during a hang gliding accident, is in need of replacing his 24 hour live-in caretaker. Much to the dismay of friends, family, and associates, he hires a young ex-con, played by Senegalese comedienne and actor, Omar Sy as Driss....more

Film Review: "Hysteria" is feminist fun in the Victorian era

If you are in need of endless laughs sprinkled with a bit of feminist history, this one’s for you. Inspired by true events, the British romantic comedy, “Hysteria,” is written by Howard Gensler and Stephen and Jonah Lisa Dryer. This film takes a riotous look into London during the Victorian era and the presumed incidents that lead to the accidental invention of the first vibrator. ...more

Film Review: "Monsieur Lazhar" is a lesson in healing

"Monsieur Lazhar," is the fourth film by Canadian writer and director, Philippe Falardeau. It is based on a stage play written by Evelyne de la Cheneliere. The story takes place during a snowy winter in a public school in Montreal, Quebec where a class of sixth graders are coming to terms with their own grief from the unexpected loss of a much loved teacher....more

Film Review: "Bully" is a wake up call to action

“Bully,” the feature documentary directed by Lee Hirsch and co-written with Cynthia Lowen, is an alarming vision of the state of bullying in our schools across America today. Part documentary and part advocacy, it is true wake-up call to action to address an issue that in recent years has seen too many of our youths take their own lives out of a sense of despair. The helplessness we view firsthand (and feel) for the family members who are left behind to make sense of all of this is both heartfelt and heart wrenching....more

[Review] 'Friends With Kids' Plays Well With Others

Based on her own life experiences with friends having kids and falling off the radar, Jennifer Westfeldt’s directorial debut, Friends with Kids, grapples with a number of contemporary parenting scenarios. Expect shrewd observations on age and gender as well as unconventional approaches on such conventional themes as love, friendship and marriage....more

[Video Review] Stefanie Alleyne and Yahaira Pulino Discuss "A Separation"

A classic tale of cause and effect, it's easy to understand why the Iranian film, A Separation has had endless global accolades (46 wins and 20 nominations) bestowed upon it in the past year. And, as this year's Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, this masterpiece's dexterity to mesmerize forges on. Flawlessly written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, the film succeeds on every level. Suspenseful. Gripping. All of the performances here are so seamless that you will wonder if you are observing real life instead of fiction....more

Movie Review: "Rampart" cruises with the demons of a dirty cop

It’s 1999 Los Angeles and Rodney King’s request for us all to just get along has come and gone as have the riots that followed. Most residents are eager to move on from this embarrassing time for the City of Angels while a precious few can not. Meet Dave Brown…Vietnam Vet and a battled scarred cop who has more fondness for his moniker, “Date Rape Dave,” than he does for his badge. A vigilante in the express lane on the Highway to Hell, Dave Brown hates all people equally yet is a master in the art of seduction that no woman can rebuff....more

Movie Review: "W.E." Madonna's latest film is a lipstick feminist fairytale

W.E. is the sophomoric directorial offering of pop icon, Madonna. The film interweaves true life details of the early 20th century love affair in Great Britain between the future King of England, Edward VIII and the American-born divorcée, Wallis Simpson, with a fictitious tale of a modern day trophy wife, Wally Winthrop, in New York City, who reclaims her own life, desires and needs. Written by Madonna and Alex Keshishian, her writing-partner-in-crime of the 1991 documentary, “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” W.E....more