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  • Ma: Tate Taylor’s Thriller, Starring Oscar-Winner Octavia Spencer

    Tate Taylor, the director of The Help and Get On Up, and blockbuster producer Jason Blum (Get Out) are behind Ma, a thriller anchored by a daring performance from Octavia Spencer.

    Silence of Others, The: Spanish Political Saga

    The Silence of Others sponsored by IFP and is an alumnus of Spotlight on Documentaries of IFP Week What if in the 1960s you were sadistically tortured for your political beliefs – and the man responsible (Antonio González Pacheco, aka “Billy the Kid”) was now your neighbor? The bloody Spanish Civil War (1936-39) was followed […]

    Mother Day 2019: Mother Issues

    There are some nice people in the world, you know, I just don’t happen to be related to any of them.” – Grey Gardens   “Personally, I think alligators have the right idea.  They eat their young.” – Mildred Pierce Special Mother’s Day Program, Mommy Issues launches Sunday, May 12, Criterion Channel Whether your mother is your […]

    Brimstone and Glory (2018): Chronicle of Annual Fireworks Extravaganza in Tultepec, Mexico Wins Schlesinger Award

    Equal parts awe-inspiring and anxiety-inducing, Brimstone and Glory offers a chronicle of annual fireworks extravaganza in Tultepec, Mexico.

    Detective Pikachu: Starring Ryan Reynolds

    Warner’s Detective Pikachu, the studio’s live-action Pokemon adaptation, competes this weekend with the mega-blockbuster Avengers: Endgame at the domestic box office. Industry analysts are projecting a wide range between $56 million and $80 million when “Detective Pikachu” debuts in 4,200 North American theaters. Warner is more conservatively predicting a three-day haul closer to $50 million. […]

    Abel (2010): Diego Luna’s Coming of Age Tale

    Abel / Mexico, USA Director: Diego Luna; Screenwriters: Diego Luna and Agusto Mendoza A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence. Cast: Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, Carlos Aragon, Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Gerardo Ruiz-Esparza. Sundance World Premiere Cane Toads: The Conquest / USA (Director and […]

    Film Theory: Barthes, Roland–French Philosopher and Theorist

    His book Mythologies examines the specific and empirical ways in which ideology works.

    Bright Road (1953): All-Black School Drama, Starring Dorothy Dandridge as Idealistic Teacher

    Featuring a nearly all-black cast, the film stars Dorothy Dandridge as an idealistic elementary school teacher trying to reach out to one problem student.

    Tolkien

    TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the renowned author’s life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school. Their brotherhood strengthens as they grow up and weather love and loss together, including Tolkien’s tumultuous courtship of his beloved Edith Bratt, until the outbreak of the First […]

    Green Promise, The (1948): Russell’s Farming Drama, Starring Walter Brennan and Natalie Wood

    William D. Russell directed The Green Promise, a film made to display the concept of the 4-H Club and highlight farming issues, such as soil erosion, government programs, and individual enterprise.

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