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Immigration, Ambition, Identity Shape Film Miss India America

Jim Luce | Posted 03.25.2016 | Entertainment
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Jim Luce

It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the culture of South Asian immigrants that both ambition and identity do a similar dance, often with greater intensity, and is among the latest variations on a familiar American story.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Truth in Journalism, Truth in Life with James Vanderbilt

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.17.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I caught up with James Vanderbilt to ask him a couple of questions about his film, and following are the highlights of a lovely, leisurely and deeply engrossing conversation.

Toronto: Dining and Dashing Around the 2015 International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.24.2015 | Travel
Dwight Brown

As the Toronto International Film Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary, festivalgoers, vacationers and locals flocked to premieres and screenings. They also dined in high-end restaurants, tested out leisure time activities and visited tourist sites.

Deeds Not Words -- Making Mov[i]es That Matter

Kamala Lopez | Posted 09.21.2015 | Entertainment
Kamala Lopez

The whys and wherefores, along with the "studies," "focus groups," "research," and other code terms for ineffectual activity and BS, fly fast and furious in Hollywood. There is so much activity, in fact, that a layperson might imagine something is actually occurring.

A Woman Among the Tombstones: Yaelle Kayam Talks About Mountain

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.19.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Premiering in the Orizzonti section at this year's Venice Film Festival, Yaelle Kayam's Mountain was one of the films that impressed me the most. I use that exact word because Mountain left both an impression on me and, as the Italians use the word "impressione" literally, it shocked, struck and shook me, profoundly.

Live from Toronto Film Festival: Wrapping up

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.17.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I counted no fewer than a half-dozen films being touted by different bloggers as "the best film of the year" before I even arrived in Canada. A couple of those turned out to be far less impressive than the hype would have you believe.

Leyla Bouzid's 'As I Open My Eyes': The Willpower and Emotions That Make Up a Woman

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.17.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

One could argue that the only place where the revolutions of the Arab Spring have actually made a change for the better is Tunisia. The North African country has had its own issues since 2011, but perhaps Tunisia's downturn has much to do with its close proximity to terror hotbed Libya.

Live from Toronto Film Festival: Wednesday Sept. 16

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.16.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I saw three films in a row today at the Toronto International Film Festival that have generated heavy buzz in the early festival days of fall - and found that none of them actually has the makings of the awards-season juggernauts they're being touted as. In other words, don't believe the hype.

Live From Toronto Film Festival: Monday Sept. 14

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Peter Sollett's Freeheld was, for me, the find of the day -- an intensely emotional film based on a true story that could easily win Julianne Moore her second Oscar in a row (and, perhaps, earn a nomination for the terrific Michael Shannon).

Live From Toronto Film Festival: Sunday Sept. 13

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This year's edition will be remembered for putting both Jay Roach's Trumbo and James Vanderbilt's Truth in contention for the Oscar race. I saw the two films back to back on Sunday -- and they are guaranteed to both grip you and infuriate you

Why Radha Mitchell, Sue Brooks and Odessa Young Are Looking for Grace in Venice

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.09.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I not only found through the director and writer of the film Sue Brooks, a graceful new way of looking at life, but also embarked on a journey through a world of characters that feel very familiar.

Film Margarita With A Straw -- Unexpected Brilliance -- From India

Jim Luce | Posted 05.21.2016 | Arts
Jim Luce

The film Margarita With A Straw is so unexpectedly brilliant, on so many levels, that I was completely mesmerized. Focused on taboo within taboo, the fragility of our collective human condition and the joy and possibility of life, the film is required viewing.

Boychoir's Lasting Impression Is the Transcendental Power of Song and Story

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 12.22.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

Boychoir, a new feel-good, but very real and inspirational drama that screens at the Windsor International Film Festival, serves up both music and a story that is, well, transcendental.

Here's The First Poster For 'St. Vincent'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 09.17.2014 | Entertainment

Bill Murray hasn't had a true lead role in a movie since 2005's "Broken Flowers," but that will change next month with the release of "St. Vincent." T...

Christopher Rosen

Things Are Different In The Adaptation Of 'This Is Where I Leave You'

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rosen | Posted 09.17.2014 | Entertainment

The following post contains spoilers about "This Is Where I Leave You." In Jonathan Tropper's "This Is Where I Leave You," Judd Foxman finds out hi...

Black Films And Artists Shine At The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.15.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Black films and artists were an integral part of the lineup at this year's Toronto International Film Festival along with other world premieres. Dramas, genre movies, comedies, romantic films and documentaries positioned themselves early for this year's annual Oscar race.

Wrapping up the Toronto Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Get used to hearing the title The Imitation Game because, between the filmmaking of Morten Tyldum and the acting of Benedict Cumberbatch, this is the film they'll be talking about at the end of the year.

Everything We Know About The Oscar Race Thus Far

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 09.19.2014 | Entertainment

This year's Toronto International Film Festival lineup may have been short a "Gravity" or "12 Years A Slave," but potential awards contenders were lit...

Keira Knightley Gets Caught In A Storm On The Red Carpet

The Huffington Post | Lauren Zupkus | Posted 09.11.2014 | Entertainment

You can plan a glamorous outfit, but you can't predict the weather. Keira Knightley learned that the hard way when she -- along with a thunderstorm...

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Wednesday, Sept. 10

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.11.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Entitlement is also an issue in Noah Baumbach's wonderfully acidic While We're Young, which captures a pair of Gen-Xers, Josh and Cornelia (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts), at a crisis point.

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Tuesday, Sept. 9

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Which is what I value most about the film festival experience in general: the chance it offers to discover a film, a filmmaker, an actor -- the operative word being discover. That's less and less of a factor at this particular festival these days. Instead, it seems stacked with pre-sold titles.

Christopher Rosen

Why Kevin Kline Loves Playing Charming Misanthropes

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rosen | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment

Those who scroll aimlessly through Netflix on a nightly basis would be wise to put on 1991's "Soapdish" as soon as possible. Michael Hoffman's satire ...

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Monday, Sept. 8

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If I were going to generalize about this year's Toronto International Film Festival based on the films I saw Monday, I'd tell you that it's a great year for dramatic films based on true stories.

Best of Venice: Theeb Takes the World by (Sand) Storm

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Theeb is a jewel, deserving of its Orizzonti Award for Best Director prized to Naji Abu Nowar in Venice and more. But Theeb is also the kind of film that grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go.

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Sunday, Sept. 7

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I admire Smith's impulse to expand his film-making palette and was a fan of his Red State. Tusk, however, may only be for Smith completists. It was so disheartening that I bailed a little early in order to make a screening of The Reach.