Reviews, News, & Interviews

Film Review: You’re A Wonder, Wonder Woman

By Leslie Combemale | June 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

I just got back from seeing Wonder Woman, a movie that for me was by far the most anticipated of the year.  It isn’t because there aren’t some wonderful, highbrow, meaningful stories being released at Oscar season in October and November.  It’s because Wonder Woman is only the 4th live-action film with a budget of $100 million dollars ever directed …

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SEEING WONDER WOMAN? See it Early and Support Women in Film!

By Leslie Combemale | June 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

How excited are you about seeing a Hollywood film featuring the most popular and beloved female superhero? Maybe you think you’ll go soonish, or certainly, of course, see it while it’s in theaters.  Have you bought your tickets yet?  What are you waiting for, an invitation from Diana herself?  Let me suggest you go as soon as possible. …

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The Wedding Plan Review: The little Hebrew-language Rom-Com that could

By Leslie Combemale | May 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

You may not imagine that you’d be hankering to see a romantic comedy in Hebrew this weekend.  I’m here to tell you, this new indie, directed by Israeli-American director Rama Burshtein, and starring luminous stage actress Noa Koler as well as Israeli heartthrobs Amos Tamam and Oz Zehavi, will win you completely, and put a …

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WAKEFIELD Review and Exclusive Interview with director Robin Swicord

By Leslie Combemale | May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

This weekend the new independent film Wakefield opens, starring the unstoppable acting juggernaut, Bryan Cranston. It is a performance where he spends most of the movie by himself, and yet it’s tense, exciting, and represents the sort of character arc that keeps audiences connected and engaged.  Writer/director Robin Swicord is best known for adapting literary …

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Everything, Everything: Review and exclusive interview with director Stella Meghie

By Leslie Combemale | May 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

An indie film adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s vivid, enthusiastically received YA novel Everything, Everything is coming to theaters this weekend. Directed by Stella Meghie, who blazed onto the scene helming a screenplay she wrote with Jean of the Joneses, Everything, Everything is a both a coming of age romance, and a dark fairy tale superimposed …

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Their Finest: See This Fine Female-fueled World War II Indie Dramedy

By Leslie Combemale | April 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s always great to hear we will be treated to a movie co-starring Bill Nighy. He joins star Gemma Arterton and co-star Sam Claflin in a charming, bittersweet dramedy opening in arthouses this weekend called Their Finest, about a woman living in World War II London who takes a job as screenwriter for a propaganda feature film called …

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The Zookeeper’s Wife: An Inspiring, Timely Story of Holocaust Rescuers

By Leslie Combemale | March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Coming this weekend is a movie whose subject matter, which is based on a true story, will be compelling to many compassionate, loving people. The film The Zookeeper’s Wife asks, “What would you do? Would you risk your life every single day to rescue total strangers?” For Antonina and Dr. Jan Zabinska, who ran the Warsaw Zoo …

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Raw Review: Eat director Julia Ducournau’s new horror indie up

By Leslie Combemale | March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

There’s a new A-list of female directors building in the horror genre, and that’s a very exciting development. It includes Ana Lily Amirpour, Karyn Kusama, Jennifer Kent, just to name just a few, and it makes sense. If women writer/directors want to subvert expectation in the film industry, create an audience that isn’t skewed towards …

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Beauty and the Beast Review: An All Female-led Design Team Brings New Beauty

By Leslie Combemale | March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Anyone who is in love with the 1991 Disney animated feature Beauty and the Beast has been over the moon about the coming of a live-action version starring Hermione Granger herself, Emma Watson.  The fact that one of its producers, Don Hahn, also had that credit on the original lends some credibility in the “maintaining the …

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KEDi Review: This documentary on the cats of Istanbul mesmerizes

By Leslie Combemale | February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

In Istanbul, cats have been an essential part of the fabric of its communities for thousands of years.  There are hundreds of thousands of them roaming free in the city. The new film KEDi is from Turkish director/producer Ceyda Torun. She highlights these animals, and how they exist independently yet often choose to interact with …

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