THE OTHER WOMAN – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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It’s so awesome when you learn that your apparently amazing new boyfriend is married. Or when you learn that your husband, for whom you gave up your own career and the possibility of children in order to support his work, is cheating on you. Or when you learn that your amazing new boyfriend is married and that his wife and “mistress” are plotting revenge against the cheating louse. All of this happens to, respectively, high-powered lawyer Carly, supportive housewife Kate, and… well, walking boobs Amber. It’s allegedly awesome because you end up with new BFFs and fab getaways to the Hamptons and the Bahamas so you can spy on him in order to formulate your plans for taking him down. Read more>>

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FADING GIGOLO – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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You know how it happens. A beautiful, wealthy woman — a doctor — happens to mention, offhand, just out of the blue, to one of her patients that she and her even more gorgeous, even more rich friend are just dying to have a threesome. And the patient, who just happens to be Woody Allen, naturally thinks to pimp out his florist pal, John Turturro, to them. This is like Twilight for middle-aged men, in which prostitution is an adventure and getting paid tons of money for having lots of sex with beautiful women — no fat chicks! no dogs! — is all in a day’s fun. Read more>>

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Cynthia Lopez Appointed NYC Movie Czarina – Jennifer Merin reports

cynthia_lopez_a_pawfjNYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Cynthia Lopez as the commissioner to head the city’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting, replacing Katherine Oliver, who held the appointed position during the Michael Bloomberg administration. Before her appointment as NYC’s Movies Czarina, Lopez served as executive vice president and co-executive producer of PBS’ highly acclaimed and successful POV documentaries enterprise. As Commissioner, she will deal with narrative as well as documentary production in NYC, and will be responsible for developing and growing all aspects of the movie and television industry in the city. Read more>>

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BEARS – Review by Susan Granger

Disneynature’s fifth theatrical documentary follows a family of three grizzlies – protective mother Sky and her two newborn cubs: curious Scout and obedient Amber. Set in Alaska’s rugged Katmai National Park, it begins as they emerge from their snowy den after winter hibernation and make their way down the mountain trail, barely avoiding an avalanche. Read on…

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April 2014 Movies Preview, Part Two – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

frankie4cropped1Halle Berry is brilliant in Frankie and Alice, a psychological drama about a woman trying to silence the voices of multiple personalities living in her head. Also must-see: Visions of Mary Frank, a biodoc about an artist as famous for good looks as for artistic vision; The German Doctor, a harrowing narrative about Josef Mengele’s post-WWII Argentina hideout; The Other Woman, a gal pal romp; and The Final Member, a doc about Iceland’s Phallological Museum, which needs a human specimen to be complete. Read more>>

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DIVERGENT – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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That wasn’t so hard, was it, Hollywood? To make a movie about a young woman doing cool stuff and being the master of her own destiny… it didn’t sting too terribly much, did it? I hear the cries: “But Hunger Games!” Yes, Hunger Games. And? If there’s room enough in the entertainment universe for a hundred thousand movies about men being heroic and saving everything, there’s plenty space for a few more that happen to have women at their center. Read more>>

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HEAVEN IS FOR REAL – Review by Susan Granger

Adapted from the best-selling non-fiction book, this story focuses on the bond between an affable Midwestern minister and his precocious four year-old son who insists that he went to Heaven, where angels sang and he visited with Jesus. Read on…

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THE RAILWAY MAN – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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The Railway Man starts out like a sweet little romance, when Colin Firth meets Nicole Kidman, somewhere near Edinburgh in 1980, on a train he’s only on because his encyclopedic knowledge of train schedules is allowing him to compensate for an unexpected delay in his travel plans. “I’m not a trainspotter,” he assures her, “I’m a railway enthusiast.” Later, he is able to contrive a second meeting with her because of his, yes, trainspotting superpower. Soon, they are getting married. But this is not a sweet little romance. It’s a story about PTSD and an urge for revenge that turns into a desire for reconciliation and forgiveness. Read more>>

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TRANSCENDENCE – Review by Susan Granger

In the motion picture industry, it’s often difficult to make the career transition from cinematographer to director because, often, when cameramen direct, they make the fatal mistake of concentrating visual imagery, as opposed to storytelling. And Willy Pfister, renowned collaborator of Christopher Nolan’s who won an Oscar for filming “Inception” (2011), falls into this trap. Read on…

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John Turturro Talks FADING GIGOLO – Nell Minow Interviews

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Turturro wrote, directed, and stars in Fading Gigolo, the story of a gentle florist named Fioravante who works part-time in a rare book store that is closing down. The owner, played by Woody Allen, tells Fioravante he can sell his services as a sexual partner. Soon Fioravante is being paid to have sex with a beautiful doctor (Sharon Stone) and other highly desirable ladies. But his most intriguing customer is a young widow from the ultra-Orthodox Satmar community, played by Vanessa Paradis. I spoke to Turturro about his music choices, his inspirations and influences, and the advice he got from Woody Allen. Read more>>

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