Genesis Rodriguez on CENTIGRADE – Tara McNamara interviews

Genesis Rodriguez stars in Centigrade, a chilling thriller that’s loosely based on a true story which occurred in 2002 in arctic Norway, in the dead of winter, when a young couple and their newborn child were trapped inside a rented vehicle that was buried in snow during a blizzard. With little to eat and only layers of clothing to keep them from freezing to death, the pair struggled for survival. Centigrade was shot in chronological order and has a convincingly claustrophobic ambiance and a gripping authenticity that makes you wonder just what the actors endured while making the film.

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STAGE MOTHER – Review by Tara McNamara

For the last few elections, polls reveal that what Americans want most is for people of different sides to start working together. And in the last few years, Americans say they want the divisiveness in America to end. An odd, heartwarming musical comedy with a gun-toting grandma and an entourage of drag queens is the first drop in the bucket that shows maybe there is a way.

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WE DON’T DESERVE DOGS (SXSW2020) – Review by Tara McNamara

We Don’t Deserve Dogs is a documentary that shows how dogs are truly man’s best friend all across the globe, in a series of vignettes. People in one location in one country share their experience with how one dog has impacted their lives. Usually, the animal helped them with a positive transformation, but not always. Ultimately, as all dog films, it’s not really about the dogs. It’s about the humans.

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ECHOES OF THE INVISIBLE (SXSW2020) – Review by Tara McNamara

Echoes of the Invisible is as heady, vast and ambiguous as its title indicates. It has a lofty goal: to help us understand our place in the universe. To do so, it takes us on journeys ancient and present, up into the cosmos and down into the ocean’s icy depths, through deserts and rainforests to identify the world’s most persistent living organisms and exploring our interconnectedness: stranger to stranger, neighbor to neighbor, one nationality to another, and us to our ancestors and the earth around us.

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SPOTLIGHT February 2020: Sara Zandieh, Filmmaker, A SIMPLE WEDDING

As Hollywood moves to course correct in wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Iranian-American director Sara Zandieh checks off a lot of requisite boxes, especially the one marked: TALENTED. After changing her career from journalism to writing and directing narrative films, each of her stepping stones has been a milestone.

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Introducing Tara McNamara

Tara McNamara has carved out a niche as a movie journalist with expertise in family films, including serving as the Fandango’s Film Mom and a Common Sense Media movie critic. She led the recurring Reel Moms segment on Today, was Variety‘s news anchor on Sirius Radio and a regular contributor to The Insider, Entertainment Tonight, and Inside Edition. She currently runs 80sMovieGuide.com and co-hosts the ’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents podcast.

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