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Film Festival On the Beach at Night Alone (dir. Hong Sangsoo, 2017)

Thomas Arslan’s Competition entry Bright Nights earned a Silver Bear for Georg Friedrich’s performance of Michael, a divorced father who takes his estranged son Luis on a road trip to Norway after attending his own father’s funeral. The story opens with Michael (Georg Friedrich), a Berlin-based engineer, receiving a phone call about…

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Blood on the Mountain (Virgil Films) is a documentary that spotlights the long-term impacts of coal mining on the American public and the planet. Over the course of many years, the coal industry has transformed the development of coal. The need for both coal and labor has placed a massive burden on many ….

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Manchester By the Sea (Lionsgate) begins on a boat off the New England coast as Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) jokes with his young nephew Patrick while his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Patrick’s father, does the piloting. It looks as if this is an ordinary day for the three. Years later, Lee is a janitor for four apartment buildings in Quincy, Massachusetts, where he gets into arguments with tenants and picks fights in bars.

Reviews the great wall

“Save us, Matt Damon. You’re our only hope.” That phrase or something like it uttered by a studio executive may have helped to convince the Oscar-winning, Oscar-nominated Damon to headline Zhang Yimou’s (House of Flying Daggers, Hero, The Story of Qiu Ju, Raise the Red Lantern, Red Sorghum) action-fantasy-adventure, The Great…

Reviews fist fight

Dueling, contradictory visions of masculinity, one supposedly soft, weak, and feminized (if not feminine), the other, hard, anger incarnate, violent, lie at the center of Fist Fight, a crude, vulgar, sporadically funny comedy directed by Richie Keen from a screenplay credited to Van Robichaux and Evan Susser (Robichaux and Susser share a…

Film Festival Félicité (dir. Alain Gomis, 2017)

Alain Gomis’ fourth feature Félicité is set in the Congolese city of Kinshasa and follows its eponymous heroine as she struggles to keep her life in balance after her son is injured in an accident. Félicité (Véro Tshanda Beya) is introduced as a strong-willed and independent woman who works as a singer to make ends meet, supporting herself and her 14-year old son Samo (Gaetan Claudia). With her husky and soulful voice, she is the…

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Arrival (Paramount Home Entertainment) draws upon a popular theme of science fiction — attempting to communicate with beings from beyond our world. Without warning, twelve huge oval-shaped ships arrive on earth and position themselves in locations across the globe. Because the purpose of these visitors is unknown, leaders of …

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Stake Land II (Dark Sky Films) is set several years after the events in Stake Land, in which mankind must struggle to survive in the wake of a vampire apocalypse. After trying to start a fresh life in the Canadian safe haven of New Eden, Martin (Connor Paolo) has raised a small family in the midst of a devastated world still full of vampires and cannibals prowling around the urban wasteland. He’s given up vampire hunting, but he still thinks about his …

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