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Blu-ray Review: ‘Halo: Nightfall’

Halo, Nightfall, Microsoft, Blu-ray

On its own, Halo: Nightfall isn't a science fiction masterpiece, like Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, but the movie does nothing to diminish the significance of the Halo franchise. Read More »

2015 Athena Film Festival Review: ‘Difret’

'Difret,' telefa, 2015 Athena Film Festival, abduction marriages, Ethiopia

Based on true events, Hirut Assefa, a 14-year-old Ethiopian school girl was the victim of telefa, a marriage abduction. Usually, when this happens, the girls are so demoralized that they do not resist, nor can they resist because their husband-to-be has the help of his friends to make the successful kidnapping. Hirut's story is different; what happens as a result of her kidnapping is an enthralling and eye-opening lesson in how one girl can take a stand for many, and in her stand, others join in to begin a movement to overthrow a system that existed for centuries. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: John Hughes’ ‘The Breakfast Club’ 30th Anniversary Edition

The Breakfast Club, John Hughes, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason

Don't you forget about 'The Breakfast Club' 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release. Read More »

2015 Athena Film Festival Review: ‘Obvious Child’

'Obvious Child,' Gillian Robespierre, Jenny Slate, 5th Annual Athena Film Festival

Donna Stern is a stand-up comedienne whose comedy act has gone over the edge when she levels her shot-gun humor at her boyfriend who sits at the bar. After he breaks up with her, she tries to recoup but unbeknownst to her, she sets out on a collision course with deniability. If she wakes up in time to save herself, she will be able to use her humorous experiences in her act like she always does. If she doesn't, she and reality will collide and just maybe she'll have to step into adulthood. Read More »

Athena Film Festival 2015: Review of ‘Vessel’

'Vessel,' Women on Waves, Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, Diana Whitten, human rights, women as chattel, reproductive rights, pro life, pro choice

Every ten minutes a woman dies from not having access to a safe abortion-Upworthy. Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts treated women who had gravely injured themselves trying to induce a miscarriage in countries with restrictive abortion laws. The misery, the suffering, the death was so disheartening when just beyond their grasp, these women could have been in safety with non surgical medical abortions if they had only been given access. How Dr. Gomperts finds a solution to this global issue that is also threatening to become an issue in the US is the subject of the incredible documentary 'Vessel.' Read More »

3rd Annual First Time Fest Review: Olympia Dukakis Narrates ‘Beneath the Olive Tree’

Women survivors some of who the filmmaker interviewed in 'Beneath the Olive Tree.' Photo courtesy of the film.

Olympia Dukakis has stated that the Greek Civil War was one of the worst civil wars in modern Europe. "Tens of thousands of innocent people were accused of being enemies of the state and found guilty of crimes they never committed." They were thrown into concentration camps and brutalized. Why have you not heard of this? Events have been politicized and kept hidden. Until now. Read More »

24th New York Jewish Film Festival Review: ‘Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem’

Ronit Elkabetz in Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amselem. Photo courtesy of the film.

Vivan Amsalem will obtain a divorce. Elisha Amsalem will not allow her to divorce him. If this were America, there would be no problem. It is not. It is Israel in a Mizrahi Orthodox enclave where there is no separation between church and state. Orthodox rabbis are judges and they help to determine whether a Gett (divorce), can be decreed. But even their power is limited if a husband does not want to grant his wife a Gett. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Kidnapping Mr. Heineken’ – Anthony Hopkins Gets Kidnapped by Sam Worthington

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How much is the life of a billionaire worth? That and other questions about life, relationships and greed are explored in 'Kidnapping Mr. Heineken', staring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jim Sturgess and Sam Worthington. This is a kidnapping and bank robbery story, but this film is not the typical “heist flick” in the 'Oceans 11-The Italian Job' genre. It goes much deeper. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘WTC View,’ Starring Michael Urie in his Breakout Film Debut

'WTC View,' directed by Brian Sloan. Photo from the film.

Eric places an online ad in the Village Voice for a roommate to share his spacious Soho apartment in Manhattan that overlooks downtown. It is September 10, 2001. What happens the next day is legend. What happens to Eric during his roommate search after he and others are allowed to return is a roller coaster ride of emotions that will make you laugh and reflect with hope. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: ‘Dracula Untold’ Starring Luke Evans

Dracula Untold, Universal Classic Monsters, Dracula, Luke Evans, Charles Dance, Dominic Cooper, Gary Shore

Ultimately feels like a lackluster episode of 'Game of Thrones' with a vampiric subplot thrown in. Read More »