Neely Swanson

“Things to Come” – Life goes on [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Things to Come” – Life goes on [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Things to Come,” written and directed by Mia Hansen Løve, arrives on the scene with a major calling card – its actress, the incomparable Isabelle Huppert. Ms. Huppert is that rare star, surely she deserves her own solar system, who bears watching no matter the material. In the case of “Things to […]

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‘Nocturnal Animals’ is as stylish and seductive as its director, Tom Ford

‘Nocturnal Animals’ is as stylish and seductive as its director, Tom Ford

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Leave it to Tom Ford, world-renowned fashion designer (fans include Beyoncé, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Will Smith, and Julianne Moore to name a few), to create such a visceral and complexly beautiful follow-up to his directorial debut, “A Single Man,” with the sexy revenge thriller, “Nocturnal Animals.” Based on the novel Tony […]

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Enter “Arrival,” this year’s smartest sci-fi flick

Enter “Arrival,” this year’s smartest sci-fi flick

by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Inevitably, alien invasion movies must ask themselves – and their audience – the same critical question: What are they doing here? And yet, before this question can even be posited to alien life forms, the small hurdle of needing to teach word-based human language to an alien species of entirely symbol-based communication […]

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‘Moonlight’ Shines Light on a Chorus of Exciting New Voices in American Cinema [MOVIE REVIEW]

‘Moonlight’ Shines Light on a Chorus of Exciting New Voices in American Cinema [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Jasper Bernbaum/www.cinemacy.com In an age of franchises and blockbusters, it’s funny that a film like “Moonlight” feels so monolithic. It is a coming-of-age story that is both expansive and yet so personal– not only to the filmmakers and talent involved but personal to everyone occupying a theater seat. It is a necessary and vibrant […]

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“The Magnificent Seven” defies expectations as a summer standout [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Magnificent Seven” defies expectations as a summer standout [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Jared Anderson/Cinemacy.com The 21st-century take on “The Magnificent Seven” comes at a time when the Western has been subsidized by Hollywood though not quite at the level it once was. Numerous DiCaprio and/or Tarantino vehicles have made stabs at bringing it back to life, each with critical success but to varying degrees of the […]

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“Danny Says” is a larger than life look at an underground rock and roll legend

“Danny Says” is a larger than life look at an underground rock and roll legend

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com In 1980, The Ramones released their fifth studio album, End of the Century, which included the love ballad “Danny Says”, a departure from their typical sweaty rock and roll hits. “Danny Says” went on to become one of the band’s more well-known songs and was covered by artists such as the Foo […]

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“The Lovers and the Despot” – A film to die for [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Lovers and the Despot” – A film to die for [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson In an absolute case of “truth is stranger than fiction,” “The Lovers and the Despot” both defies credulity and inspires awe.  This documentary by Rob Cannan and Ross Adam tells the story of South Korean film makers, Shin Sang-ok, a director of renown, and his ex-wife Choi Eun-hee, that country’s most famous […]

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Canadian-set ‘Yoga Hosers’ is ‘Eh’-mazingly Absurd

Canadian-set ‘Yoga Hosers’ is ‘Eh’-mazingly Absurd

by Morgan Rojas/ www.cinemacy.com   One of the more wildly talked about movies from this year’s Sundance Film Festival that finally hit theaters earlier this month is the flamboyant comedy-meets-fantasy film, “Yoga Hosers,” directed by Kevin Smith. Set in a small Canadian town where the accents are as thick as maple syrup, two 15-year-old best friends, […]

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“London Road” – To and from and back again [MOVIE REVIEW]

“London Road” – To and from and back again [MOVIE REVIEW]

  by Neely Swanson “London Road,” ostensibly about serial killings that centered on one street, the aforementioned London Road, in the seaside city of Ipswich about 70 miles from London, is deceptively about the much bigger topic of community under siege. Originally work-shopped at the National Theatre, conceived and written by Alecky Blythe in collaboration […]

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“Fatima” – Nowhere to turn [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Fatima” – Nowhere to turn [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Fatima” is certainly a well-intentioned film. Director Philippe Faucon grew up in France as a first generation child in a family where his grandparents never spoke French. They were part of an immigrant class who came to a new country and had a difficult time maneuvering in a culture that was alien […]

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“The Light Between Oceans” is a darkly poetic and affecting love story [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Light Between Oceans” is a darkly poetic and affecting love story [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Director Derek Cianfrance certainly has a knack for portraying “love lost and found.” His 2010 indie classic, “Blue Valentine,” is a moody and contemporary observation of one couple’s dysfunctional relationship while his 2013 indie hit, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” deals with familial struggles and the far-reaching repercussions of poor choices. Cianfrance […]

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“My King” – My life [MOVIE REVIEW]

“My King” – My life [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson In “My King,” writer/director Maïwenn  has given us the gift of another superb character drama of disturbing proportions. Her pervious film, “Polisse” was an intimate, one might even say claustrophobic study of the relationships between the members of the Child Protection Unit who form unbreakable bonds and support while investigating the kinds […]

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“Pete’s Dragon” is what a family movie should be: magical

“Pete’s Dragon” is what a family movie should be: magical

by H. Nelson Tracey/ www.cinemacy.com It’s a travesty that the description ‘family movie’ has become categorically marooned by studios and the public alike as a juvenile and tasteless affair. Animated movies aside, the subgenre is no longer seen for its potential: to enrich the lives of all those who watch it, provide a nourishing dose of […]

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“Abortion: Stories Women Tell” – Thoughtfully and painfully [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Abortion: Stories Women Tell” – Thoughtfully and painfully [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson Produced by HBO, one of the high water marks of documentary filmmaking, “Abortion: Stories Women Tell” is thoughtfully and incisively directed by Tracy Droz Tragos. “Abortion: Stories Women Tell” highlights the impact the lack of medical availability has on the women of Missouri, her home state and one of four states in […]

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“Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” Captures Grandeur of Mega Self-Help Event

“Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” Captures Grandeur of Mega Self-Help Event

by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” a new documentary about the larger-than-life motivational speaker and communicator, will be watched by three different types of people: the first, of course, will be Robbins’ ever-devout fans and followers, who most likely will praise the movie for its very existence. The second type of […]

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