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“The Bad Batch” makes Burning Man look like your grandma’s tea party [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Bad Batch” makes Burning Man look like your grandma’s tea party [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Morgan Rojas/www.cinemacy.com Bringing “Bad” back to the big screen for her highly anticipated sophomore film is Ana Lily Amirpour, the visionary who made black and white Vampire Spaghetti Westerns a thing. Amirpour trades the streets of Bad City for the barren desert of Texas in “The Bad Batch,” a meditative and highly audacious cannibal film […]

 Neely Swanson

“Stefan Zweig – Farewell to Europe” – He won’t be back [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Stefan Zweig – Farewell to Europe” – He won’t be back [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Stefan Zweig, Farewell to Europe,” is a well-intentioned portrait of the last years of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, one of the world’s most recognized writers of the pre- and post- World War II period. A secular Jew, he recognized the rising dangers in his homeland and exiled himself to England in 1934.  […]

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Musical comedy ‘Opening Night’ is worth a standing ovation [MOVIE REVIEW]

Musical comedy ‘Opening Night’ is worth a standing ovation [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Morgan Rojas/www.cinemacy.com Birdman meets 30 Rock in director Isaac Rentz’s feature film Opening Night, an ensemble musical comedy with heart, soul, and a bunch of naughty jokes. We spend one hilariously chaotic night backstage the Broadway production ‘One-Hit-Wonderland,’ a musical journey through the poppy hits of yesterday, led by *NSYNC’s JC Chasez (as himself). […]

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Love is on the rocks in indie rock relationship comedy, Band Aid [MOVIE REVIEW]

Love is on the rocks in indie rock relationship comedy, Band Aid [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Ryan Rojas/www.cinemacy.com Embarking on adulthood is hard, but doesn’t have to be joyless, as the new indie mumblecore comedy Band Aid shows. Making its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and in theaters this Friday, Band Aid is a light-hearted romantic comedy about the hardships of modern relationships and how sometimes those things […]

 Neely Swanson

“Afterimage” – Burned in the brain [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Afterimage” – Burned in the brain [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Afterimage,” the final film in the illustrious career of Andrzej Wajda, the winner of an honorary Academy Award in 2000, is ostensibly about Wladyslaw Strzeminski, the great Russian/Polish painter and one of the founders of the Constructivist movement in Poland, having worked alongside Kazimir Malevich in Russia. Moving from Russia to Lithuania […]

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Cate Blanchett is an artistic vision in experimental film, “Manifesto” [MOVIE REVIEW]

Cate Blanchett is an artistic vision in experimental film, “Manifesto” [MOVIE REVIEW]

  BY MORGAN ROJAS/CINEMACY.COM Cate Blanchett is a powerhouse performer, as proven by her two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three BAFTAs, among countless other nominations. The Australian actress is now back with a film that strays from the mainstream but displays her talent in a way that she […]

 Neely Swanson

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story – eternally yours [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story” is documentary filmmaker Daniel Raim’s ode to a couple whose greatest triumph was their relationship.  Amusingly and appropriately told using archival film footage, interviews, home movies, and storyboards by the talented Patrick Mate, “Harold and Lillian” is about Harold Michelson, one of Hollywood’s premier storyboard […]

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Rami Malek keeps an emotional distance in indie thriller ‘Buster’s Mal Heart’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

Rami Malek keeps an emotional distance in indie thriller ‘Buster’s Mal Heart’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Kailee Andrews/www.cinemacy.com   Director Sarah Adina Smith’s surreal sci-fi tinged drama, Buster’s Mal Heart, tracks the journey of three seemingly different men– an exhausted working dad, an unhinged mountain outlaw, and a sailor lost at sea.  All are played by Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) and the question of their true linkage will be teased […]

 Neely Swanson

“Burden” – Rarely [MOVIE REVIEW]

Chris Burden, one of the leading artists emerging in the 70s and part of the so-called “California School,” is given an excellent posthumous send-off in Richard Dewey and Timothy Marrinan’s documentary entitled “Burden.” Burden rose to national fame, some would say infamy, while still a graduate student in the newly formed art division at the […]

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Hermosa Beach celebrates city pier’s role in ‘La La Land’

Hermosa Beach celebrates city pier’s role in ‘La La Land’

The Hermosa Beach pier earned a place in film folklore with a scene in “La La Land” when star Ryan Gosling leaves the Lighthouse Cafe on Pier Plaza and wanders out on the pier, whistling “City of Stars.” But according to location manager Robert Foulkes, the Hermosa Beach pier wasn’t in the original script.

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The Last Picture Show and Black Narcissus wow at this year’s Turner Classic Movie Film Festival

The Last Picture Show and Black Narcissus wow at this year’s Turner Classic Movie Film Festival

by Ryan Rojas/www.cinemacy.com Amidst all of the new and contemporary movies that we, here at Cinemacy, watch and share with our readers, there are always old classics that have been skipped, or just need to be to re-watched and enjoyed all over again. One event that celebrates the films of the past is the Turner […]

 Neely Swanson

“Truman” – An allegory [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Truman” – An allegory [MOVIE REVIEW]

  by Neely Swanson  “Truman” is a sincere attempt at showing the intimacy only old friends can share. Julián, a respected actor, is dying. He knows it, his friends know it and maybe even his dog Truman knows it. Still, he is surprised when Tomas, now living in Canada with his wife and children, shows […]

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Try Colossal for an indie alternative to the studio monster movie [MOVIE REVIEW]

Try Colossal for an indie alternative to the studio monster movie [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Morgan Rojas/ www.cinemacy.com Anne Hathaway knows what it’s like to be bullied. The Best Supporting Actress winner (Les Misérables) is known for getting her fair share of flack from critics who deem her “strive for perfection” to be annoying, but she has never retaliated towards these haters by transforming into a giant killer monster […]

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“Kong: Skull Island” finds fun with comic cast [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Kong: Skull Island” finds fun with comic cast [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Ryan Rojas/www.cinemacy.com In Kong: Skull Island, Skull Island is a remote, uncharted island in the Pacific, hidden away from the outside world by a stormy surface that has kept the island unexplored for years – which also keeps the mystery of who, or what, lives there as well. That is, until satellite photos – […]

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Kristen Stewart gives an unexpected tour de force in “Personal Shopper” [MOVIE REVIEW]

Kristen Stewart gives an unexpected tour de force in “Personal Shopper” [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Next to her newly shaved head, Kristen Stewart’s indie film Personal Shopper is the latest buzz-worthy presentation coming from the multi-hyphenated actress/director/Chanel ambassador. Transforming into an emotionally complex fashion stylist who dabbles in connecting with other-world spirituality in the hopes of finding closure from her twin brother’s death, Stewart makes Personal Shopper […]

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