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The Normal Heart has stellar cast with Julia Roberts on HBO

The Normal Heart has stellar cast with Julia Roberts on HBO

The Normal Heart just premiered on HBO. It was a bestseller that has been adapted into an unflinching HBO Films presentation that explores the indifference that escalated the growing AIDS epidemic in New York City’s gay community in 1981. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, and Alfred Molina. Julia Roberts […]

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Returns to Hollywood

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Returns to Hollywood

By Yiota M.Michalopoulou The “Renaissance of the Greek Film Industry,” or the “Success Story of Greek Filmmakers” has recently become a hot topic within the international film circles and amongst cinephiles. Although the phrasing can differ, there is no doubt that Greek Cinema is riding a new wave of success which is recognized in Europe […]

Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Palo Alto Runtime 98 minutes. Not for children. Gia Coppola, in her directorial debut (she also wrote the script based on several stories by James Franco, who also appears as a charming but corrupt soccer coach), is not unlike her aunt Sofia in making a film that at first appearances makes one feel lost in […]

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God’s Pocket (SSSS): Veteran actor John Slattery makes his feature film directorial debut impressively by converting Pete Dexter’s 1983 novel into a dark, dark film highlighted by wonderful acting by a terrific cast, headlined by Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles. The people in God’s Pocket live drab lives with almost nothing […]

God’s Pocket

God’s Pocket

God’s Pocket Runtime 88 minutes. Not for children. Veteran actor John Slattery makes his feature film directorial debut impressively by converting Pete Dexter’s 1983 novel into a dark, dark film highlighted by wonderful acting by a terrific cast, headlined by Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles. Sometimes you go to a movie […]

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For No Good Reason (SSSS): This is a fascinating, revealing documentary about artist Ralph Steadman, who “Rolling Stone’s” Jann Wenner says “was crazier than (gonzo journalist) Hunter S. Thompson” with whom Steadman worked. It shows Steadman creating one of his paintings from scratch, which emphasizes his bizarre work habits. Be warned, Johnny Depp adds exactly […]

For No Good Reason

For No Good Reason

For No Good Reason Runtime 89 minutes. OK for children. Fifteen years ago director Charlie Paul made a trip to Kent, England to meet one of his heroes, artist Ralph Steadman. He says that this film is “the culmination of my roots as a punk, art student, photographer and filmmaker in a multi-layered narrative, spun […]

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The Railway Man (SSSS): Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce says, “It’s hard to make any film, but The Railway Man was particularly hard.” Hard as it might have been to write and produce, it is equally hard to watch. It’s far more accurate in its treatment of the “death railway,” that the Japanese constructed with POW-enhanced […]

Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life at The Wallis, an exuberant celebration from May 9 to 24

Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life at The Wallis, an exuberant celebration from May 9 to 24

Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life at The Wallis from May 9 to 24. It is a song and dance show that celebrates performing in general and tap dancing in particular. Maurice has also created a special gift of memories for the audience. It puts a spotlight on his remarkable family’s legacy and he shares […]

The Railway Man

The Railway Man

The Railway Man Runtime 108 minutes. Not for children. Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce says, “It’s hard to make any film, but The Railway Man was particularly hard.” Hard as it might have been to write and produce, it is equally hard to watch. Almost half a century ago, David Lean made The Bridge on the […]