Opinion

AFI Fest 2014 Review: “Tales of the Grim Sleeper”

AFI Fest 2014 Review: “Tales of the Grim Sleeper”

On July 7, 2010, Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested at his South Los Angeles home in connection with the “Grim Sleeper” murders — at least ten, but potentially...

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AFI Fest 2014 Review: “Blind”

AFI Fest 2014 Review: “Blind”

If you didn’t know going into “Blind” that the film marks the directorial debut of a longtime screenwriter— Eskil Vogt, who most notably penned the Joachim...

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AFI Fest 2014 Review: “The Tribe”

AFI Fest 2014 Review: “The Tribe”

If the essence of cinema lies not in dialogue—a relic of previous art forms—but in the gestures, the movements, the compositions, and the editing, then Miroslav...

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A scene from “AninA"

Conversation: Eric Beltmann and Shelly Sampon React to the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival

Film festivals are about seeing tons of movies, sure, but they’re also about hanging out with people who love talking about all those movies. Not long after the...

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"Manuscripts Don't Burn"

2014 Milwaukee Film Festival: Eric Beltmann’s Top Five

“I’m going to yell at him when I go back to Iran,” Maryam Sepehri said while we chatted in the lobby of the Downer Theatre. She was referring to Mohammed Rasoulof,...

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2014 Milwaukee Film Festival: Week Two Picks

2014 Milwaukee Film Festival: Week Two Picks

Guitar gods, of course, only play after the openers are through. No wonder the Milwaukee Film Festival saved its Centerpiece selection, a biopic starring Outkast’s...

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"The Missing Picture"

2014 Milwaukee Film Festival: Week One Picks

Maybe close your eyes and start throwing darts at the program guide. It’s tough to choose movies to see from among the 276 feature and short films being presented...

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Introducing the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival

Introducing the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival

For the Milwaukee Film Festival, the Times they are a-changin’. The festival is shaking things up for its sixth year, most notably by adding the Times Cinema in...

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2014 TCM Classic Film Festival: Wrap-Up

2014 TCM Classic Film Festival: Wrap-Up

As I anticipated in my preview piece, this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival was a sublime experience. The festival keeps growing year after year, and it’s easy...

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Notes from the 2014 San Diego Latino Film Festival

Notes from the 2014 San Diego Latino Film Festival

San Diego wouldn’t be one of the first cities that come to one’s mind when thinking of places with vibrant film cultures, nor should it be. Returning to Los...

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