V.28 No.29 | 7/18/2019
The Art of Self-Defense
Violent comedy finds humor in the hypermasculine
Twenty years ago Fight Club taught us the dangerous, contusion-filled consequences of toxic masculinity. Fifteen years ago, Napoleon Dynamite encouraged us to root for alienated dorks. Now the blackly comic indie film The Art of Self-Defense comes along to serve as the seemingly ill-conceived but somehow harmonious love child of those two cult favorites.
Fly Me to the Moon
See Jaws on a giant screen, "The Day We Walked on the Moon", The Right Stuff and a special class/lecture on costume aging and dyeing.
V.28 No.28 | 7/11/2019
The Fall of the American Empire
Canadian crime caper gets philosophical by following the money
Though it doesn’t go for all-out laughs, it’s hard not to be amused by the situations and characters in the brainy socioeconomic thriller, The Fall of the American Empire.
A Soldier’s Screening
See A Soldier’s Passage: Conversations from the Last Mile of the Long Walk Home, blast off to E.T. and Spaceballs, and go to the Jewish Film Festival too.
V.28 No.27 | 7/4/2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Marvel Universe swings on (while clinging to the past)
Marvel Cinematic Universe has offered up a postscript to the one-two punch that was Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame in the form of Spider-Man: Far From Home. If you like Marvel movies, you’ll like this latest Spider-Man outing. Simple as that.
There's a “Stranger Things” S3 marathon, Independence Day at the DynaTheater, the Skateway Massacre premiere and the Phoenix, Oregon tour. And filmmakers, your ¡Cine Magnifico! film submission deadline is at hand.
V.28 No.26 | 6/27/2019
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The Folk in California
Echo In The Canyon: The rise and influence of folk rock in America
Echo In The Canyon is a lovingly detailed examination of the ’60s counterculture and inter-band collaboration and inspiration.
Pantera in Town
Filmmakers, the Madrid Film Festival wants your submission and there are only a few days left before the 48 Hour Film Project's early bird deadline. Take a Locations Department class and watch Pantera Negra y Black Panther.
V.28 No.25 | 6/20/2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Fresh-voiced debut dramedy places setting above all
The Last Black Man in San Francisco levies plenty of criticisms against the City by the Bay but, and because, it is also deeply steeped in a love for the place.
Bring Out Your Dead
Army of the Dead needs Albuquerque area extras, see October Sky under the airplanes or see a double-feature of Los Incredibles 2 y The Incredibles 2.
V.28 No.24 | 6/13/2019
All Is True
Shakespeare retires to the country in Kenneth Branagh’s speculative biopic
The new biopic All Is True posits a speculative reason for our lack of information about William Shakespeare's life: He intentionally vanished from public life based on an untimely tragedy, general world-weariness and a dark family secret.
Enjoy Patrick Mehaffy's short films, the InterPlanetary Festival and Awakenings. And the ¡Cine Magnífico! submission deadline is at hand.
V.28 No.23 | 6/6/2019
Dazzling fashion industry documentary needs to take a step back and remove one accessory
Ironically, by trying to do too much—something the minimalist Mr. Halston certainly never strove for in his clean, modern designs—Halston falls into the same trap as virtually all documentary biopics.
Out With the Old
You've gotta see the eye-boggling Currents New Media, Saving Private Ryan, Full Draw Film Tour 2019 and Space Jam.
V.28 No.22 | 5/30/2019
Olivier Assayas’ latest French dramedy is more interested in conversation than sex
Not every viewer will stay tuned in through this film’s talky back-and-forth. Those looking for smart, adult conversation (with a wink and a nod toward European sexual mores), however, will find themselves well served by the fiction of Non-Fiction.