Batman Begins: The Start Of A New Era

Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins had a lot riding on it nearly a decade after Batman and Robin practically killed the franchise in theaters. The Batman origin story that we’ve been waiting for!  The film starts with Bruce Wayne and childhood friend Rachel Dawes fighting over an arrowhead, only to end up with Bruce being attacked by a swarm of bats when he falls down a well.  We then play witness to one of the tragic…

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Where’s My Roy Cohn? Lays Roots For Trump

Where’s My Roy Cohn? is a documentary on the guy who served as chief aide to Joseph McCarthy as well as being a mentor to Donald Trump. Listen, I think Matt Tyrnauer is a fine filmmaker.  He does a solid job at digging up interviews out of the archives and grabbing interviews for the film.  But when push comes to shove, is Roy Cohn somebody that’s really worthy of a documentary let alone a biopic? …

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Patrick Brice talks Corporate Animals

Writer-director Patrick Brice spoke with Solzy at the Movies yesterday about the newly released workplace satire, Corporate Animals. Corporate Animals is one of the most hysterical workplace satires that I’ve seen this year.  Catch it in theaters or VOD this weekend! How did you first learn about Sam Bain’s script for Corporate Animals and when did you decide to direct the film? Patrick Brice:  I got a one page sort of idea/treatment from Sam and…

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Downton Abbey: The End of the Road

Downton Abbey brings back many familiar faces while also having to serve as an effective conclusion to the six-season series. What brings everyone back for maybe the final time is the arrival of King George V (Simon Jones) and Queen Mary (Geraldine James).  As one could probably imagine, this comes with some stress for the Crawley family.  It brings on some added stress for the staff because they find themselves being pushed aside because of…

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Chicago Film Fest: Galas, Special Presentations

The Gala and Special Presentations lineup were announced last week for the 55th Chicago International Film Festival ahead of this morning’s full lineup. The announcement was made last week by Mimi Plauché, Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival.  While it wasn’t included in the initial wave of announcements, this year’s Opening Night selection is Motherless Brooklyn. Tickets for both the Gala and Special Presentations will go on sale on September 27. “This year’s line-up of…

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Toronto 2019: Jungleland

Jungleland is a film about about a pair of brothers traveling across the country while also touching upon themes of toxic masculinity. Stanley Kaminski (Charlie Hunnam) and Lion Kaminski (Jack O’Connell) are a pair of brothers living in Massachusetts.  They’re down on their luck with the only hope of making money being a boxing match in San Francisco.  Easier said than done.  Lion is a boxer and Stanley acts as his manager.  If Stanley had…

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Toronto 2019: Bad Education

Bad Education features a star-studded cast and tells the incredible true story about what transpired in a prestigious Long Island school district. When Hilltop Beacon reporter Rachel Bhargava (Geraldine Viswanathan) looks into some expense reports for an upcoming Roslyn School District project, she finds something else.  Together with her dad, David Bhargava (Hari Dhillon), the two of them realize that there’s more here than meets the eye.  Appropriately, they look into it.  One thing leads…

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Toronto 2019: How to Build a Girl

Booksmart‘s Beanie Feldstein delivers another strong leading performance as teenager who becomes a rock music critic in How to Build a Girl. The film isn’t the typical coming-of-age comedy.  Not many people come of age while seeking to reinvent themselves as a rock critic.  This is what happens for Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein).  Once a bullied high school teenager, Morrigan transforms herself into rock critic Dolly Wilde after taking a job with D&ME.  The opportunity…

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Toronto 2019: Incitement

Incitement may come off as a character study but the film will not change anybody’s mind when it comes to the tragic assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. There’s no telling what could have happened had Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin not been assassinated by Yigal Amir (Yehuda Nahari Halevi).  It’s likely that we could have seen peace in the Middle East.  The reality is that this is such a big what if that we’ll never truly…

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Toronto 2019: The Friend

You’re going to need to pull out every Kleenex box you own because you’re definitely going to need it while watching The Friend. While the film may be inspiring, it’s also heartbreaking as we follow the Teague family.  The film goes back and forth in time as it follows Nicole Teague’s (Dakota Johnson) cancer diagnosis.  She doesn’t have long to live so best friend Dane Faucheux (Jason Segel) moves in with the family.  He doesn’t…

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