Review: ‘A War’ explores war’s quiet, forgotten horrors

Review: ‘A War’ explores war’s quiet, forgotten horrors

More than 14 years later and the war in Afghanistan is still going on. President Obama declared the end of U.S. military combat operations in Afghanistan in December of 2014, but 9,800 American troops and 3,200 NATO troops remain there to prop up the ineffectual Afghan Army as the longest war in U.S. history unofficially […]

TMA FilmCast #33 — Vera Chytilova and the Czech New Wave

TMA FilmCast #33 — Vera Chytilova and the Czech New Wave

To discuss the British Film Institute’s retrospective on Czech New Wave director Vera Chytilova, Alison Frank is joined by critic Carmen Gray, author Peter Hames, and Michal Bregant director of the Czech National Film Archive. Listen!

The fantasist: The comic art of Woody Allen

The fantasist: The comic art of Woody Allen

Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes […]

Tribeca picks up North American rights to ‘Misery Loves Comedy’ at Sundance

Tribeca picks up North American rights to ‘Misery Loves Comedy’ at Sundance

Park City, UT — Tribeca’s distribution arm, Tribeca Film announced Friday it has acquired North American rights to Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut “Misery Loves Comedy.” The film premiered the same day at the Sundance Film Festival. The Heretic Films and NewAley Pictures production is written by Pollak and John Varhous, and produced by Becky Newhall, […]

TMA FilmCast #32 — Alison Frank interviews Ana Geislerova

TMA FilmCast #32 — Alison Frank interviews Ana Geislerova

Alison Frank reports from London, where Czech actress Ana Geislerova was in attendance for the screening of ‘Honeymoon’, part of the Made in Prague Festival 2014. LISTEN!

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ tops Online Film Critics Awards

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ tops Online Film Critics Awards

Wes Anderson’s gleeful, absurdist adventure “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took home top honors in the 2014 Online Film Critics Society Awards (of which I am a member). It also won Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Other big winners include Richard Linklater’s decades-in-making experiment “Boyhood,” which took home Best Director and Best Supporting Actress honors […]

Silence tells the story in “Ida”

Silence tells the story in “Ida”

The alarming precision of nuns singing chromatically descending chants. The hollow, circular depression of earth on the grounds of the convent where a life-size statue of Jesus stands, and where Ida paces restlessly. The hermetic insularity of these images and sounds are what give “Ida” its incisive narrative force. Despite its circular and deceptively simple […]

’12 Years a Slave’ wins big at OFCS Awards

’12 Years a Slave’ wins big at OFCS Awards

The Online Film Critics Society proudly announces the recipients of the 17th annual OFCS awards for excellence in film. Steven McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” was the standout winner, with recognitions for Best Picture, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o), and Best Adapted Screenplay, for John Ridley’s […]

Tallgrass Film Festival: Day 2 Preview

Tallgrass Film Festival: Day 2 Preview

Films screen all day at the Orpheum Theatre, Scottish Rite, Central Library, Historical Museum, Garvey Center, Hotel at Old Town and the C.A.C. Theatre at WSU. Click here for Friday’s schedule. Be sure to check out these films with Special Guests: I DECLARE WAR, 1:30 pm at the Orpheum with Director James Lapeyre LOST ON […]

Documentarist 2013 means more in light of Gezi Resistance

Documentarist 2013 means more in light of Gezi Resistance

The 6th Istanbul Documentary Days was blessed with an outstanding location for a documentary film festival: a park which has become a cause and a symbol of an urban uprising movement that has spread to the whole of the country. What makes it even more fantastic is that it was not meant to be so. […]

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