Neely Swanson

“Young Karl Marx” – A head of his time [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Young Karl Marx” – A head of his time [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Young Karl Marx,” the multi-national film directed by Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro), who co-wrote the screenplay with Pascal Bonitzer, is a very ambitious film. Breathing life into the historic characters of Karl Marx and his, shall we say, co-star Friedrich Engels is a gargantuan task. Peck attempts, and mostly […]

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“My Art” – But not mine [MOVIE REVIEW]

“My Art” – But not mine [MOVIE REVIEW]

  by Neely Swanson “My Art,” is a very personal film by artist Laurie Simmons who not only wrote and directed it, but also stars as lead character Ellie. She is, unfortunately, not a triple threat. Ellie is an art teacher of renown in New York city, an influence on many but anonymous to most. […]

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“Big Sonia” – A giant in stature [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Big Sonia” – A giant in stature [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Big Sonia,” a documentary and labor of love by Leah Warshawski (Sonia’s granddaughter) and Todd Soliday, is a tribute to an unsung heroine with secrets to reveal for the better good and secrets to withhold for her own sake. Sonia Warshawski, 92, still goes to work every day at John’s Tailoring, an […]

 Neely Swanson

“Rebels on Pointe” – Definitely not pointless [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Rebels on Pointe” – Definitely not pointless [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Rebels on Pointe,” directed by Canadian documentarian Bobbi Jo Hart, is a celebration on so many different levels. A gay (both the literal and colloquial meanings of the word) fairy tale where all the characters (and they really are characters) triumph and live happily ever after; or so they would have you believe. “Rebels on […]

 Neely Swanson

“The Crime of Monsieur Lange” – a crime to miss [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Crime of Monsieur Lange” – a crime to miss [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson In a new 4K restoration, Jean Renoir’s too seldom seen 1936 classic “The Crime of Monsieur Lange” is a pure pleasure. Spoiler alert: this is an “old” (some would say ancient) black and white film with actors you’ve never heard of in a style that some might consider stagey and I consider […]

 Neely Swanson

“The Square” – More than four sides [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Square” – More than four sides [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within it we all share equal rights and obligations.” So reads the inscription on the work of art around which this complex narrative flows. Ruben Östlund, as director and writer of The Square, has stated that he was interested in exploring the topics […]

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“Polina” – Ballerina [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Polina” – Ballerina [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson Coming of age movies come in all shapes and sizes but rarely do they deal with the issues faced by Polina.  A dancer groomed at a very early age to gain entry to the prestigious Bolshoi ballet, she trains relentlessly. Enormous parental sacrifices are made in order to help their daughter, who, […]

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“Le Trou” – Whole in so many ways [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Le Trou” – Whole in so many ways [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson Thousands of prisoners have been incarcerated at La Santé prison in Paris since 1867 and many were guillotined, a practiced that was abandoned when the death penalty was ended in 1981. Only three have ever escaped. “Le Trou” (“The Hole,”) originally released in France in 1960 and the U.S. in 1964, presented […]

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Documentary “Whose Streets?” is a captivating call to action [MOVIE-REVIEW]

Documentary “Whose Streets?” is a captivating call to action [MOVIE-REVIEW]

by Morgan Rojas/www.cinemacy.com On August 9th, 2014 – a little over three years ago– an 18-year-old, unarmed black student named Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri. Just a day before, this northern suburb of St. Louis was virtually unknown to the rest of the world, but that would soon change in the most […]

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NEXT FEST Brings Sundance Hits ‘Lemon’ and ‘Gook’ to Los Angeles [MOVIE REVIEW]

NEXT FEST Brings Sundance Hits ‘Lemon’ and ‘Gook’ to Los Angeles [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Morgan and Ryan Rojas/www.cinemacy.com Every summer, the Sundance Film Festival brings a handful of films directly from Park City to Los Angeles to make their L.A. debut at Sundance NEXT FEST. This diverse selection of films played in Sundance’s NEXT category – a category that showcases bold films by up-and-coming talents of tomorrow. The festival is […]

 Neely Swanson

“The Fencer” – Stays there too long [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Fencer” – Stays there too long [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Fencer,” the overly sincere “based on a true story” film about Endel Nelis, an Estonian fencing master who is forced to flee Leningrad after the war as Stalin ramps up his purge of Estonians, considered  enemies of the State because they were drafted by the Nazis in World War II. Arriving in Haapsalou, Estonia, […]

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“Whose Streets?” – Good question [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Whose Streets?” – Good question [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Whose Streets?” is a heartfelt and emotional documentary inspired by the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. Written and directed by Sabaah Folayan and co-directed by Damon Davis, the film vividly expresses the anger felt by African American communities everywhere faced with this and too many other similar incidents that […]

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“To the Bone” is a worthy debut from one of TV’s fiercest, funniest female writers [MOVIE REVIEW]

“To the Bone” is a worthy debut from one of TV’s fiercest, funniest female writers [MOVIE REVIEW]

  by Kailee Andrews/Cinemacy.com Marti Noxon is a television visionary, but you probably haven’t heard of her. As a screenwriter and producer, she shaped two of television’s modern classics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mad Men, and even stepped in as show-runner for Buffy’s controversial, ambitious final seasons. Clearly a force to be recognized, Noxon’s debut feature film, To The Bone, […]

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‘Dunkirk’ is an epic achievement that should be seen on the big screen

‘Dunkirk’ is an epic achievement  that should be seen on the big screen

  by H. Nelson Tracey/Cinemacy.com Film director extraordinaire Christopher Nolan has cemented himself as one of the few directors whose name alone not only draws audiences to see his films as fast as they can but on the biggest screen that they can. The undeniable legacy of his entire filmography, including “The Dark Knight” trilogy […]

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Baby Driver is a total joy ride fueled by a killer soundtrack [MOVIE REVIEW]

Baby Driver is a total joy ride fueled by a killer soundtrack [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Ryan Rojas for www.cinemacy.com If you’re looking for some excitement at the movies this summer, look no further than Baby Driver. Written and directed by fanboys everywhere’s favorite Edgar Wright, Baby Driver is a stylish explosion of genre-blending action thriller, romantic heist movie and crime film all in one.  Baby Driver centers around a […]

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