MY HOUSE IS FULL OF MIRRORS – Review by April Neale

Rags to riches stories with a side of betrayal never whetted the appetite like My House is Full of Mirrors does. Like a bowl of endless pappardelle smothered in a tasty ragu, screen legend Sophia Loren stars in the lengthy and satisfying two-part miniseries, playing her own mother, Romilda Villani. It’s a glimpse of Loren’s family life based on her sister Maria’s eponymous memoir.

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MARTIN EDEN – Review by Sarah Ward

Luca Marinelli’s expression changes many, many times in Pietro Marcello’s bold and bewitching version of Martin Eden. You don’t receive acting awards for emotion-filed eyes alone, but Marinelli certainly earned his 2019 Venice Film Festival Best Actor award several times over. His is a performance that a filmmaker can build a feature around, as Marcello has.

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THE LIFE AHEAD – Review by Diane Carson

The Life Ahead features a compelling Sophia Loren. Set in the midst of dire circumstances, the film dramatizes the evolving relationship between Holocaust survivor Madame Rosa and young Senegalese refuge Momo. It’s star is 86-year-old Sophia Loren who enlivens this compelling adaptation of Romain Gary’s The Life Before Us, here co-written and directed by Loren’s son Edoardo Ponti.

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For the Love of Gialli – Maitland McDonagh comments

There was a time when few American moviegoers knew what giallo meant, but the gialli genre helped change the landscape of American films during the 1970s, a time of tumultuous changes in American filmmaking. Gialli brought a new sensibility to American shores—not to art houses, but to local cinemas and then television, video, DVD and streaming—one that has thrilled generations of moviegoers and moviemakers. Nightmares are discomfitingly potent dreams, and gialli are candy-colored nightmares it’s oh-so hard to resist.

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