Neely Swanson

“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 […]

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“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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“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 […]

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“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 […]

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“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 […]

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