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Beauty is, literally, in the eye of the beholder in stylish, hypnotic “The Neon Demon”

Beauty is, literally, in the eye of the beholder in stylish, hypnotic “The Neon Demon”

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com After the credits roll and the lights come up, the older man sitting next to me says “So what’s for dinner?” and had we not just seen “The Neon Demon,” I may have said something like spaghetti and meatballs, but all I can muster up now is a slight chuckle while trying […]

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“Maggie’s Plan” is a wonderfully crafted film about a crazy little thing called love [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Morgan Rojas/ www.cinemacy.com Thanks to the likes of pop-culture entertainment such as “Sex and the City” and practically everything in Woody Allen’s filmography, the Millennial generation has come to believe that finding true love in the concrete jungle that is New York City is among the most romantic of notions. Director Rebecca Miller defies […]

 Neely Swanson

“The Fits” – Fit in [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Fits” – Fit in [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Fits,” the narrative feature debut of Anna Rose Holmer, who directed, produced and co-wrote this film, was conceived and executed at part of the Venice Biennale Cinema College program, a complement to the Venice International Film Festival. Toni, played in a dazzling debut by Royalty Hightower, is an eleven-year old whose primary afterschool activity […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

“Fare” is a cinematic ride [SOUTH BAY FILM FESTIVAL]

“Fare” is a cinematic ride [SOUTH BAY FILM FESTIVAL]

Among the many films screening this coming week during the “South Bay Film & Music Festival” is one out of Charlotte, North Carolina, called “Fare.” Screening on Thursday, June 2, at 9:45 p.m. in the Hermosa Beach Community Theater, the picture was written and directed by Thomas Torrey. Nearly all of it was filmed from […]

 Whitney Youngs

“Sidemen” is a crucial blues tale [SOUTH BAY FILM & MUSIC FEST]

“Sidemen” is a crucial blues tale [SOUTH BAY FILM & MUSIC FEST]

by Whitney Youngs Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis once said the blues, “[…] is the basis of most American music in the 20th century. It’s a 12-bar form that’s played by jazz, bluegrass and country musicians. It has a rhythmic vocabulary that’s been used by rock ‘n’ roll. It’s related to spirituals, and even the American […]

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Former Cult Member Recalls Life as a Brainwashed ‘Disciple’ in “Holy Hell” [MOVIE REVIEW]

Former Cult Member Recalls Life as a Brainwashed ‘Disciple’ in “Holy Hell” [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Movies about cults and the mysteries behind religious organizations usually make for a fascinating watch. Take Alex Gibney’s Emmy-Winning documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which provided an in-depth look at the infamous Tom Cruise-beloved organization. A handful of films currently streaming on demand also shed light on various […]

 Neely Swanson

“Presenting Princess Shaw” – Re: Meme her [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Presenting Princess Shaw” – Re: Meme her [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Presenting Princess Shaw,” a documentary by director/editor Ido Haar, is a mash-up of a mash-up or even a meme in that one artist “borrows” another’s work and transforms it into something that is both the same and different. Samantha Shaw lives a marginal existence in a tough neighborhood in New Orleans and […]

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“The Lobster” and the absurdity of modern love [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Lobster” and the absurdity of modern love [MOVIE REVIEW]

  by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com In this modern age, where more and more relationships are being facilitated online – apps like Tinder making romance and falling in love almost binary in nature – is it any wonder why we might now feel like we’ve lost just a bit of our collective humanity, and why the whole […]

 Neely Swanson

“The Measure of a Man” – Depth matters [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Measure of a Man” – Depth matters [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson  Stéphane Brizé, a highly regarded, though little seen on this side of the Atlantic, French director/writer of amazing substance should rightly gain major international attention with his latest film “The Measure of a Man.” Multiple César and Cannes Film Festival nominee, Brizé won the Ecumenical Jury Prize at Cannes and was nominated […]

 Neely Swanson

“Eva Hesse” – Ever more [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Eva Hesse” – Ever more [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson I almost missed the fabulous new documentary “Eva Hesse” directed by Marcie Begleiter. It had been sent to me only recently and it was in the back of my mind as something to get around to until a fateful visit, just yesterday, to the new Hauser Wirth and Schimmel Gallery in the […]

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“Sing Street” is another musical romp from the director of “Once” [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Sing Street” is another musical  romp from the director of “Once” [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Jared Anderson/www.cinemacy.com “Sing Street,” from the Irish filmmaker John Carney, takes place during the homestretch of the Cold War when a group of adolescents come together in the name of fellowship, bonding over pop culture, and a desire to break away from the confines of the tangible. Carney is best known for grabbing the […]

 Mark McDermott

“Elstree 1976”: A tribute to the unknown faces of “Star Wars” [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Amidst the recently renewed “Star Wars” mania, with the beloved franchise’s acquisition and and re-boot by Disney with last year’s behemoth blockbuster, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” new stories, worlds, and characters have been introduced to new audiences. But a long time ago – or rather, “About forty years ago, in a suburb of North London…” […]

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“Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” Shows Dark Days as a Genius in Crisis

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com In literature, there is a term called the “Hemingway Hero,” which is essentially a set of noble traits and honorable qualities that the reader should aspire to, much like any character in an Ernest Hemingway novel. Every writer attempting to create this attribute will find that the qualities that make up a hero […]

 Neely Swanson

“Rabin – In his own Words” – Our great loss [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Rabin – In his own Words” – Our great loss [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Rabin – In his own Words,” directed by Erez Laufer is, in its own way an autobiography of the great Israeli statesman Yizhak Rabin. Doing what he does best, editing, Laufer presents Rabin through archival interviews, news footage and home movies. For most people, myself included, Rabin is a something of a […]

 Neely Swanson

“Dough” – Don’t spend too much [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Dough” – Don’t spend too much [MOVIE REVIEW]

  by Neely Swanson “Dough,” a well-intentioned, if trite and predictable, film directed by John Goldschmidt with a script by Jehudah Yez Freedman and Jonathan Benson, benefits from an excellent cast led by Jonathan Pryce and the charismatic young Jerome Holder. Nat Dayan (Pryce), still mourning the passing of his wife, is a bitter kosher […]

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