V.29 No.9 | 2/27/2020
Impractical Jokers: The Movie
Why, God, why?
The guys in Impractical Jokers: The Movie are clearly having some stupid fun. Unlike the Coronavirus, however, the fun is not all that infectious.
This is the week for a “Showdown in Lobo Village" sitcom live reading, a Tribesourcing discussion, NMFF Indie Screening and Jim Henson in Performance. And it's time to submit your entry to the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.
V.29 No.8 | 2/20/2020
Low-key drama examines office politics in #MeToo era
If The Assistant were a documentary, it would be deadly dull. As a drama it’s … well, it’s still pretty dull.
Student Becomes Teacher
See Are We There Yet? with director Q&A or The Breakfast Club. Apply for a grant from the John Pinto Native Filmmakers Memorial Fund.
V.29 No.7 | 2/13/2020
Icy European dramedy gets watered down stateside
Downhill is an English language reshoot of Ruben Östlund’s 2014 film Force Majeure, by the writing-directing team of Nat Faxon & Jim Rash. Yet where Östlund’s packed a primal punch, Faxon & Rash’s offers only a light slap.
Film up in Fe
Check out the Santa Fe Film Festival and Blonde Crazy.
V.29 No.6 | 2/6/2020
Who could win, who might lose?
Who should you pick in your office’s Oscar pool? To see how the 92nd Annual Academy Awards are shaping up in the “Top Five” categories, we turn to the various critics organizations who handed out their own golden statues during Award Season and to New Jersey-based sports betting provider DraftKings (odds listed as of 1/31).
Feature: Film Guide
Oscars 2020 Ballot
Here’s where your popcorn habit pays off
The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Here are the nominees from some of the top categories.
This week there's the Books to Big Screen film series, “Art of War” test screening/fundraising event, Harriet and a 50th Anniversary Celebration in honor of “Sesame Street."
V.29 No.5 | 1/30/2020
Historic haunted house drama is a ghost of its former self
If you’re looking for cheap PG-13 scares, you could—theoretically anyway—do worse than The Turning. But dragging a classic like The Turn of the Screw into this generic haunted house mess feels, at best, like a missed opportunity and, at worst, like an insult to English literature.
While you wait for Netflix to call you back with a job offer, go see Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, The Searchers and a salute to ’80s icon John Hughes.
V.29 No.4 | 1/23/2020
The Song of Names
Historical drama plucks at heartstrings but buries tune
Those interested in stories of love, family, forgiveness and faith will be swayed by the backstory but The Song of Names gets lost somewhere in its construction, working far too hard to deliver an emotional payoff that should have been immediate and effortless.
This week you can see Neruda, a sing-along version of The Sound of Music, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Ratatouille. And it's time to send in your 2-minute audition for the Actors Showcase.
V.29 No.3 | 1/16/2020
Newest version of animal-filled fable does a little
Dolittle has just enough fantastical visuals and innocuous one-liners to appease the family audiences it’s aimed at.
Start ’Em Young
Go see No Small Matter, Le Havre, Canes of Power and the No Man's Land film festival.