With an end to the 2017 summer movie season, it’s time to round up my favorite films of this summer. While I was credentialed for both the Chicago Critics Film Festival, the Fantasia International Film Festival, and remotely covered a few films selected for the Flyover Film Festival, I am not including any of those films unless they’ve been released in theaters, video on demand, or Digital HD. I’ll start with the documentaries. I’ve seen…"My Favorite Films of Summer 2017"
The next summer loser was the entire month of August. In a month packed with so many independent films fighting for an audience, it was the studios that failed to offer a film that could appeal to the entire family or at least a few of the movie-going quadrants. The month started off with the release of The Dark Tower from Sony Pictures and Aviron’s Kidnap starring Halle Berry. Nevermind the fact that Sony had…"Summer Loser: The Month of August"
August has been a down month at the box office even as we head towards a Labor Day weekend that won’t see the studios release a huge film. But for so many films selected for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, it’s been an even bigger struggle to make a dent. Throw in the wide releases this past month and the box office is really telling. Overall weekend grosses have dropped from $122,787,691 at the start…"What happened with Indie Films at the Box Office in August?"
Menashe brings Yiddish back to the big screen for the first time in some 60-70 years. Directed by Joshua Z Weinstein from a screenplay written by Weinstein, Alex Lipschultz, and Musa Syeed, the film stars Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski, Yoel Weisshaus, and Meyer Schwartz. Given that the film is in Yiddish with English subtitles, it will be interesting to see what will happen come awards season and whether it will be nominated for the Academy…"Menashe brings Yiddish back to the Big Screen"
Menashe brings Yiddish back to the big screen for the first time in some 60-70 years. Directed by Joshua Z Weinstein, this is his first narrative feature. The screenplay was written by Weinstein, Alex Lipschultz, and Musa Syeed. Starring Menashe Lustig, the film is loosely inspired by his life. Given that the film is in Yiddish with English subtitles, it will be interesting to see what will happen come awards season and whether it will…"CCFF: Menashe brings Yiddish back to the big screen"