Sundance 2015: Charles Poekel, Kentucker Audley & Hannah Gross Talk Brooklyn Indie ‘Christmas, Again’

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Charles Poekel‘s debut feature, screening this week at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, offers a melancholic slice-of-life look at a Brooklyn neighborhood holiday staple: the open-24/7 Christmas tree stand. When you live in New York City, there are certain hallmarks that signify the beginning of the holiday season, chief among them the singular smell of […]

Comedian Pat Shortt Is Good Craic in ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ on Broadway

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This piece originally appeared on The Huffington Post. Pat Shortt & Daniel Radcliffe in ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan / Credit: Johan Persson Though he’s relatively unknown on American shores, comedian Pat Shortt has been racking up fans in his native Ireland for decades. After graduating from art college in the 1980s, Shortt and his buddy […]

Griffin Dunne and Justin Schwarz Go West in ‘The Discoverers’

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Griffin Dunne (After Hours) stars as Lewis Birch, an academic purveyor of not-quite-popular history whose principled refusal to cater to the lowest common denominator has left him without a publisher. Still reeling from his divorce, he doesn’t quite know how to relate to his teenaged kids, portrayed by Madeleine Martin(“Californication“) and Devon Graye (“Dexter“). When the trio’s planned road trip from […]

‘Brothers On The Line’: New Documentary Explores Dramatic Fight for Worker’s Rights

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I’ve always felt confident about the American history education I received in various public schools (my 12th-grade civics teacher Sharon Levin comes to mind). But after watching Sasha Reuther‘s riveting documentary Brothers on the Line, I realize that every education has a significant gap or two, and one of mine involved the fascinating and rich history of […]

Rory Culkin And Lou Howe On The Tormented Soul Of Tribeca Drama ‘Gabriel’

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From the opening scenes of Gabriel, the debut feature from writer/director Lou Howe, the audience is immediately tossed into the ongoing tumult that is the life of the title character, a troubled young man brilliantly played by Rory Culkin. We’re not given any clues to the drama, other than a years-old love letter from a girl named Alice, to […]

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Juggles It All In Tribeca Drama ‘Alex Of Venice’

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When actresses and audiences alike lament the lack of interesting roles for—and movies about—women as central characters, Alex of Venice should be held up as a shining example of what could be. The independent feature, which premiered this week at the Tribeca Film Festival, stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as the title character, […]

Texas Spitfire Abbie Evans Fights Epidermolysis Bullosa In Cary Bell’s ‘Butterfly Girl’

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Butterfly Girl, a documentary that premiered at SXSW 2013, tells the refreshing story of a spunky young Texan with a debilitating disease. Abigail Evans—Abbie— is a spitfire who says what she means, and deals with her health misfortunes the best way a teenager can: with equal parts sarcasm and optimism, and with a constant twinkle in […]

Juliette Lewis and Jonny Weston Get a Little Inappropriate in ‘Kelly & Cal’

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It’s hard to remember a time when Juliette Lewis wasn’t making a memorable mark on the big screen — can you believe Cape Fear came out in 1991? But after a few years out of the spotlight, during which she focused on a music career, she’s back on the big screen. In movies like August: Osage County and Hellion, she’s reminding us how […]

Startup Culture Exposed in 3D Printing Doc ‘Print the Legend’

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Directors Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel discuss their award-winning documentary Print the Legend, which had its world premiere this month at the 2014 South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival. Premiering last week at South By Southwest, the documentary Print the Legend chronicles the mainstream rise of 3D printing over the past five years, due in large […]

Stars Natalia Dyer and Peter Vack on Complicated Young Love in ‘I Believe in Unicorns’

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Young love is typically treated one of two ways in feature films made by adults: either as gauzy, treacly fairy tales of first kisses and two-straw milkshakes or as raunchy comedies where losing one’s virginity is a requirement for high school graduation — and in most cases, the protagonist is male. That’s what makes I […]