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Hamptons Film Festival: ‘The Lady in the Van’ Starring Dame Maggie Smith

Dame Maggie Smith, THE LADY IN THE VAN

Miss Shepherd arrives at writer Alan Bennett's curbside in her ramshackle van. With ungracious and manipulative presumption, she wins a place in his heart and a choice spot in his driveway. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: ‘A Christmas Horror Story’ Featuring William Shatner

A Christmas Horror Story, Christmas, Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan, William Shatner, Santa, Santa Claus, Krampus, George Buza, Zoe De Grand Maison, Rob Archer

It works in spurts, but never comes together in a satisfying whole, but there is at least enough good to make inquiring minds get their money’s worth. Read More »

DOC NYC Review: ‘Harold and Lillian, A Hollywood Love Story’ with Danny De Vito

Lillian Michelson, Harold and Lillian a Hollywood Love Story, Daniel Raim

What do 'The Birds,' 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf,' 'Marnie,' 'The Graduate' have in common? Harold and Lillian Michelson. Read More »

Film Legend Mary Pickford and Sara Gavron’s ‘Suffragette’


“We break windows. We burn things. Because war is the only language men listen to,” Maud says in Suffragette, now playing in theaters across the U.S. Director Sara Gavron said, “Working (class) women often are the vanguard of change, and they’re often not recognized for that.” Another woman not recognized by history is Mary Pickford, the most famous woman in ... Read More »

Movie Review: ‘The Champions’ World Premiere at Hamptons Film Festival

The Champions, Hamptons Film Festival World Premiere, Best Friends Animal Society, Darcy Dennett

On death row and needing a reprieve, the Michael Vick pit-bulls were considered dangerous by The Humane Society and PETA, and no one seemed to want them to take them in. Read More »

Darcy Dennett Talks ‘The Champions,’ Her Film About Michael Vick’s Dogs

Handsome Dan, The Champions, Hamptons International Film Festival

The Champions is an amazing and heart-felt documentary about the “infamous” dogs that PETA and The Humane Society advocated should be euthanized because they were ferocious killers incapable of “rehabilitation.” These were the pit-bulls who had been rescued from the dog fighting compound of Michael Vick, the NFL Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback. Vick secretly and illegally bred pit-bulls for his ... Read More »

Movie Review: ‘The Hallow,’ Irish Horror Directed by Corin Hardy

The Hallow

Hardy's feature debut is short on plot development but long on style and creepy atmosphere. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: Director Adam Egypt Mortimer’s ‘Some Kind of Hate’ Tries to Breath New Life Into the Slasher Genre

Some Kind of Hate, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Brian DeLeeuw, Sierra McCormick, Grace Phipps, Lexi Atkins, Spencer Breslin, Ronen Rubinstein

"Some kind of Hate" will more than satisfy genre fans on any day of the week. Read More »

New York Film Festival Review: ‘Miles Ahead’ Starring Don Cheadle

Miles Davis, Miles Ahead, NYFF

Miles Davis is a legend whose life and music evokes anything but the tame and ordinary. Cheadle's film does Davis complete justice. Read More »

NYFF and Hamptons Film Festivals Review: ‘Son of Saul’

Géza Röhrig, Son of Saul, HIFF, NYFF

Only when we stand in another's shoes can we see from their perspective and begin to understand our own humanity. especially if its a Sonderkommando of Auschwitz. Read More »