THE IRISHMAN – Review by. Martha K Baker

“The Irishman” is a nearly perfect movie. From dialogues to monologues in Steven Zailian’s script, from Rodrigo Prieto’s camera angles and Robbie Robertson’s music to vintage scenes designed by Bob Shaw. Martin Scorsese has directed a movie that can be described only as brilliant. Except for one thing: it is based on a fable.

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Martin Scorsese on THE IRISHMAN, Crime and Corruption in His Cinema – Jennifer Merin interviews

Martin Scorsese’s latest film, The Irishman, releasing November 1 in theaters and available on Netflix on November 27, is the director’s eighth foray into the world of crime and corruption. Perhaps because The Irishman’s truth-based narrative is about relatively recent events that actually changed the course of history, the engrossingly complex, superbly structured and thoroughly gripping crime thriller serves not only as an intense decades-spanning character study, but also as a provocative sociopolitical primer. In our present era’s predicament about finding truth in media, this is a history-making film about historical events. Read what Scorsese has to say about truth in narrative.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 30-July 6: LIFE ITSELF

Opening July 4, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Life Itself, filmmaker Steve James’ moving tribute to America’s favorite movie critic, Roger Ebert, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winner who became a household name when he and critical colleague Gene Siskel, co-starring on PBS’ Sneak Previews, coined the phrase “Two thumbs up!” Based on Ebert’s eponymous memoir, the documentary recounts Ebert’s life with reverence and deep respect. It’s thumbs up from AWFJ! Read on…

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March 2014 Spotlight: Thelma Schoonmaker, Film Editor, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

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Thelma Schoonmaker deserved the Academy’s nod this year for the Best Editing Oscar for The Wolf of Wall Street. We’re giving it to her here. After all, what would this 2014 Best Picture Oscar nominee be without Thelma’s incisive finishing touch – a sheep in wolf’s clothing?

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