TIFF 2018: Black 47 – An Irish Western

Black 47 offers a Western vibe as the film takes us back to 1847 when the country of Ireland was two years into their battle with the Great Famine. Feeney (James Frecheville) returns to his home in Ireland after deciding to leave the British Army.  Nothing prepares him for the horrible conditions he’s about to face.  Despite having seen the conditions that war provides, the famine provides for some sights he wasn’t ready for.  Feeney discovers…

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TIFF 2018: The Old Man & The Gun

Being billed as Robert Redford’s final acting performance, the actor delivers quite possibly for the last time in The Old Man & The Gun. We’re taken back in time to 1981 when Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) was planning so many bank robberies.  What’s so perplexing about it was that this old man couldn’t have been nicer to the bank tellers.  In the words of many of them, he was pretty much almost a perfect gentleman! …

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TIFF 2018: Michal Aviad talks Working Woman

Working Woman director Michal Aviad joined Solzy at the Movies to discuss the Israeli film ahead of the international premiere at TIFF. Congrats on Working Woman holding its International Premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  Films such as this one couldn’t be more relevant given everything in the news over the last year.  How much did the rise of the #MeToo movement help in getting the film completed? Michal Aviad:  #Metoo for me…

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Phil Donlon talks High & Outside

Phil Donlon spoke to Solzy at the Movies ahead of High & Outside: A Baseball Noir‘s limited run at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Congrats on the upcoming limited release of High & Outside: A Baseball Noir. Phil Donlon:  Thank you. While the baseball aspect is what drew me to cover the film in the first place, this film is more than just the sport alone.  I see it as a film about…

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Alright Now: Improvised In 5 Days

Led by a truly remarkable performance from Cobie Smulders, Alright Now is an improvisational feat. American-born rock musician Joanne Skye decides to enroll in college after ending a relationship with her boyfriend.  Her band was unable to attract an audience on tour.  This leads to the Filthy Dukes quickly collapsing.  It’s foolish decision after foolish decision leading to Joanne enrolling in a coastal college during one drunken night.  Yep, there’s a meet-cute with admissions clerk,…

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Summer Movie Season: 2018 Winners and Losers

With Labor Day weekend marking the end of the summer and official Awards Season kickoff, I’m going to take a look at some of this year’s summer winners and losers.  The definition of what a summer movie has changed over the years.  Instead of the first Friday of May kicking summer off at the box office, the season started at the end of April. Winner: Documentaries With films such as RBG, Won’t You Be My…

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Destination Wedding: My RSVP is No

Destination Wedding may offer what the title says but this film isn’t the romantic comedy that audiences are hoping for. Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder star as Frank and Lindsay.  The two have an awkward meet-cute while waiting for their flight to depart at the gate.  From then on, it’s all downhill from there.  Once they get on the place, they find themselves forced to sit next to each other because of course they do. …

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45th Telluride Film Festival Lineup Announced

The Telluride Film Festival announced their lineup this morning for the 45th installment running Friday, August 31-Monday September 3, 2018.  This year’s program will include over sixty feature films, short films and revival program. “I could not be more pleased with the program lineup for the 45th Telluride Film Festival,” said Telluride Film Festival executive director Julie Huntsinger. “The storytelling brought by this amazing group of filmmakers is both tender and fierce. They are able to…

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The Little Stranger: A Hit Or Miss Film

In spite of the cast involved, The Little Stranger is one of those films that is neither compelling nor captivating if you’re not a fan of the genre. The film is told in flashbacks as we’re introduced to Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson).  He answers the call to treat a young maid, Betty (Liv Hill), working for the Ayres family at Hundreds Hall.  It just so happens that this very facility is the some place in which his…

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John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection is a fascinating sports documentary about one of the greatest tennis players of all time. McEnroe is one of the more interesting figures in tennis let alone the world of sports.  Far too many of us know him for his famed temper.  He’s not afraid of being self-deprecating and make fun of himself to this extent.  Anger Management, for example.  If you’re tuning in expecting the 94 minute…

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