Gabriel is a powerful look at a young man who could be anyone's son and who desperately wants to be able to function without medication and without continued treatment. It reminds us how real mental illness is and how devastating its impact can be.
Bluebird is a smart and subtle reminder of how exquisitely fragile the balance of our everyday lives are. A small, seemingly insignificant event, like stopping to admire a bluebird, can contribute to a tragedy whose ripple effects permanently mark the lives of many.
Federico Fellini once said about cinema that "it's not just an art form; it's actually a new form of life with its own rhythms, cadences, perspectives and transparencies." If that is true, then a film festival is a magnificent celebration of life and its endless contours.
"Tommy doesn't have to keep the place open -- he has a healthy pension, and he lives in a really nice neighborhood in Detroit. And yet he does, because he thinks Detroit needs a black-owned blues bar."
What is a movie's sell-by date? Studios give tremendous care to the timing of a release date, taking into account competitive films, holidays, market analysis, and executive instincts above my paygrade.
Fresh from his Oscar-nominated performance in 2011's A Better Life, the charming Demián Bichir talks about working with director Ian Power, filming in West Cork, and checking things off his professional bucket list.
Now on VOD: the debut feature from the whip-smart Martin Donovan (Trust, Weeds, Saved!). Starring the elusive David Morse, Olivia Williams, and Donovan himself, Collaborator is a well-acted, intimate tragicomedy. Write what you know, right?
With its provocative storyline and immaculately indie street cred, Lynn Shelton's 2009 hit Humpday earned her a load of admirers. With it-girl Emily Blunt headlining her latest effort, Your Sister's Sister, Shelton is likely to break open to an even wider audience
"Capitalism is not natural, it's just brainwashed into us," Antonino D'Ambrosio, director and producer of Let Fury Have The Hour, tells me. Political art impacts our consciousness, it can change our votes. It redirects anger.
Staying real, true to the culture and history, can hurt the commercial potential of a cop-action film, disappoint the fans' expected "one-up" from the latest genre hit. But director Alberto Rodriguez seems okay with that.