Neely Swanson

“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 […]

 Special Contributor

“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 […]

 Neely Swanson

“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 […]

 Special Contributor

Spielberg and Disney’s ‘The BFG’ is a Sleepy Family-Friendly Adventure

Spielberg and Disney’s ‘The BFG’ is a Sleepy Family-Friendly Adventure

by H. Nelson Tracey/Cinemacy.com Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg teams up with Disney for the very first time in his five-decade career to adapt “The BFG,” a classic Roald Dahl novel starring this year’s Best Supporting Actor and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”). It sounds almost too good to be true, especially when you […]

 Neely Swanson

“Argentina” – Better than the film [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Argentina” – Better than the film [MOVIE REVIEW]

  by Neely Swanson Carlos Saura, the renowned Spanish filmmaker now in his mid 80s, has focused his lens on the folk dances of Argentina, much like he has done with the Flamenco, tango and fado music cultures. Enamored of the folk tradition of the Argentine countryside he has gathered together a group of popular […]

 Special Contributor

In ‘Swiss Army Man’ the First Fart Will Make You Laugh, the Last Will Make You Cry [MOVIE REVIEW]

In ‘Swiss Army Man’ the First Fart Will Make You Laugh, the Last Will Make You Cry [MOVIE REVIEW]

Morgan Rojas & H. Nelson Tracey/www.cinemacy.com One should know what one is getting into with “Swiss Army Man,” and that is the number of fart jokes. But these aren’t the typical fart jokes associated with raunchy comedies (some of Adam Sandler’s projects come to mind), these fart jokes are insights into existential reflection and self-discovery. […]

 Neely Swanson

“Our Kind of Traitor” – But definitely one of us [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Our Kind of Traitor” – But definitely one of us [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Our Kind of Traitor,” Hossein Amini’s brilliant adaptation of John LeCarré’s novel directed by Susanna White, is breathtaking in every sense of the word from first moment to last. Opening on a dancer in mid-aerial pirouette, impossibly muscled, impossibly athletic, impossibly daring, White establishes her plot and characters immediately with this metaphoric […]

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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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