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Ronita Torcato


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movie review CONTAGION

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CONTAGION Starring: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet,  Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow,Elliot Gould,Jennifer Ehle Director:  Steven Soderbergh ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Could the virus in  Steven Soderbergh's new, star-studded film, Contagion be a metaphor for Original Sin? Ok, there's no slithering serpent as in the Garden of Eden but a bat (Eve?) eats of a rotten fr...

DocEdge, a cutting edge Film Festival at Max Mueller Bhavan (GoetheHaus) Mumbai

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  DocEdge, a documentary Film Festival  comprising 11 award-winning documentaries and a selection of entries from DOK Leipzig Film Festival as well as other award-winning films from Baltic states, China and India were screened at the Goethe Hall of the Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai. Technical problems however put paid to the inaugural (Aug 22 ) screening of Gereon Wetzel and Jörg Adolph's"How to make a book with Steid" and instead, the audience was treated to the closing day's ...

CALL for Berlinale Talent Campus at 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

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Up and coming filmmakers,young film critics and journalists are invited to apply to the next edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus at  the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival which will take place from February 11-16, 2012. "Changing Perspectives" is the thematic focus of the 10th Talent Campus which will be held  during the Berlinale.  Succesful applicants can participate in the general campus program, and  can also apply to attend  a host of cutting edge workshops on di...

BOLLYWOOD DISCOVERS MAGIC IN MELBOURNE

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<p>Bollywood, one of the largest centres of film production in the world, has recently taken on the flavours of  Melbourne which has Australia’s highest concentration of convention facilities located in the city centre, including the MCEC, the world’s first and only ‘Six Star Green Star’ rated convention centre. It  is also home to five of the six most significant annual sport events held in Australia – the Boxing Day Cricket Test, the Australian Football League Grand Final, ...

LADAKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, LIFF 2012

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Get exposed to the best of the world cinema in the magical Land of Ladakh at the LADAKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, LIFF 2012 Chaired by Shyam Benegal, the fest's MASCOT is the Schen (Snow Leopard).Endeavour is to attain national and international attention on Ladakh’s endangered species of snow leopard. Its Mission: To introduce world class cinema and its splendour to Ladakh and show case pristine beauty and spell bound magical land of Ladakh to the world. ...

MOVIE REVIEW CAPTAIN AMERICA

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A MARVEL(LOUS) MAN   CAPTAIN AMERICA Starring:Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci,Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan,Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Richard Armitage,    Samuel L Jackson  Director: Joe Johnston As the wannabe soldier Steve Rogers, in Capt America: The First Avenger, the fifth live-action adaptation of Marvel's World War 2 Superhero, Chris Evans is endearing; as the titular character, he is sizzling! If Jekyll and Hyde mirrors the  good and...

Winnie the Pooh movie review

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Winnie the Pooh Starring (voices of): John Cleese, Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, Bud Luckey, Travis Oates, Tom Kenny, Jack Boulter, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Wyatt Dean Hall  Directors: Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall   Did you know Snow White and the seven dwarfs is being reinvented on film as a story about an international  band of deadly fighters who are "saved" by the damsel in distress? Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers became gnomes in Disney's version. When very many k...

CALL FOR ENTRIES : NINTH ANNUAL WE CARE FILM FEST 2012

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CALL FOR ENTRIES : NINTH ANNUAL WE CARE FILM FEST 2012      Entries of documentary films are invited for 9th edition of We Care Film festival 2012 from anywhere from the world on the issues of disability.   We Care Film Fest is an annual international travelling festival of documentary films on disability issues. It is organized by Brotherhood in association with the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and ...

TERENCE MALLICK'S THE TREE OF LIFE - MOVIE REVIEW

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*The Tree of Life* Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Cole Cockburn, Will Wallace Director: Terrence Malick     The bookends of the Bible, Genesis and Revelation,  tell us about the Tree of Life. In the garden of Eden,there was only one such tree; the Book of Revelation assures us there will be many such in the Holy City. For the writer(s) of Proverbs  the Tree symbolised four wonderful truths: Wisdom, ri...

Rise of The Planet Of The Apes to open in record number of single screens in India

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Come August 5th, Fox Star Studios’ Rise of The Planet Of The Apes will open in  450 single screens, trumping Hollywood films like Harry Potter and X-Men: First Class, which  opened in 250 single screens. No other Hollywood film has seen such a massive opening, especially in the dubbed languages (Hindi, Tamil and Telegu), as the film makers feel  audiences across  India will connect with the film's universal appeal. Starring the dashing Oscar nominated actor of 127 Hours fame James Fran...

civil servant cum rock musician appointed as new director of film & television institute of india, pune

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Dharmendra Jai Narain, has been appointed as the Director of the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune.  He succeeds Pankaj Rag, who was the Director of FTII till recently, a press note issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) Govt of India, said. Popularly known as D J Narain, the new FTII Director is an officer of the 1990 batch of the Indian Information Service and comes to FTII with a  experience in administration, management, media communication and performing arts....

A review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 : Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, directed by David Yates Avada kedavra! "Harry is an absolute godsend to our cause,” a certain High Priest “Egan” of the First Church of Satan in Salem, Massachusetts,USA was quoted as saying of British author J.K Rowling's boy wizard. “An organization like ours thrives on new blood - no pun intend...

film review Larry Crowne

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LARRY CROWNE Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Cedric the Entertainer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Taraji P. Henson, Wilmer Valderrama, Rami Malek, George Takei, Bryan Cranston,  Rita Wilson Director: Tom Hanks America's sweethearts Julia Roberts   and Tom Hanks share  remarkable chemistry in this heart-warming romantic comedy about how Every(wo)man takes adversity on the chin, and comes up trumps.   It must be said though the film belongs as much to the youthful cast as it does to...

CFSI's ‘Monsoon Dhamaal’

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Children’s Film Society India's weeklong Mumbai ‘Monsoon Dhamaal’ concluded at  Films Division  15th July 2011 in the course of which ten award winning CFSI films were screened to cheering school children. Entry to the screenings was  free! This specially curated package has already travelled to Kochi, Pune, Jaipur where it received an overwhelming response. Monsoon Dhamaal will travel to Srinagar, Kolkata, Indore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, New Delhi and Bangalore in the coming month...

JOYEUX FETE NATIONAL

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JOYEUX FETE NATIONAL TO THE FRENCH! ...

Filmfest Hamburg’s Douglas-Sirk-Award for Cannes award winners Andreas Dresen and Peter Rommel

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The German director Andreas Dresen and his longtime producer Peter Rommel will be honoured on October 1st, 2011 during the 19th edition of Filmfest Hamburg with the Douglas-Sirk-Award. This  award is given each year to a personality who has rendered outstanding services to film culture. Filmfest director Albert Wiederspiel says,“ This is the first time Filmfest Hamburg has decided to honour filmmakers from Germany. We wanted to emphasize and reward an outstanding and continuous partn...

Film review: Transformers - Dark of the Moon (3D)

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Transformers - Dark of the Moon (3D) Starring  Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Turturro,Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson,Frances McDormand,Patrick Dempsey,John Malkovich,  Ken Jeong, Alan Tudyk,Julie White, Kevin Dunn  + voices of Leonard Nimoy & Hugo Weaving Director: Michael Bay   Shia LaBeouf and John Turturro who could easily pass off  for father and son return as sweet Sam Witwicky and secret agent Simmons in the third edition of the toy inspired shapes...

film review X MEN FIRST CLASS

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  X-MEN FIRST CLASS Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender,   Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Beth Goddard, Nicholas Hoult, Edi Gathegi, Caleb Landry Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Laurence Belcher,  Bill Milner Director Matthew Vaughn  Unlike some young people we know who sigh when we beg them to read books, or  look aghast when we cry over Sydney Carton's final moments  in "A Tale of Two Cities", the...

film review GREEN LANTERN

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Green Lantern Starring:Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard, Blake Lively, Mark Strong,Tim Robbins, Jay O. Sanders, Angela Basset, Temuera Morrison, Taika Waititi and Geoffrey Rush (voice) Director: Martin Campbell Green Lantern, as those of you who've grown  up reading comics well know, is a hero with several histories.   Director Martin  (Casino Royale) Campbell's green dude is an amalgamation of all these strands, even as Sinestro (Mark Strong) is a far cry from his villainous  moni...

Alain Resnais Cycle at the Alliance

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Cinephiles ahoy! check out  the Alain Resnais Cycle starting Wed. July 6th, 6:30pm at the Alliance Française auditorium in Mumbai.                 It kicks off with Stavisky, which Resnais based  on the life of the financier and embezzler Alexandre Stavisky  and the circumstances leading to his mysterious death in 1934. This gave rise to a political scandal known as the Stavisky affair , which led to fatal riots in Paris, the resignation of two prime minister...

Chill’N’Read: Discuss Novels turned into movies at the Alliance Francaise de Bombay

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This month, the Alliance Francaise de Bombay's Ciné-Club and Chill N Read collaborate to explore the art of adapting novels into movies. Film and book lovers  are invited to come along Monday the  4th of July, 5.30pm with such a book and share opinions in the Alliance Française library over  a cup of chai! Can’t think of a particular title of book or movie? Check all the novels adapted into films available at the Alliance Française Library  on their website: bombay.afin...

CANADIAN CITY TO NAME STREET AFTER RAJ KAPOOR, Toronto filmfest to host tribute to kapoor clan

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 In a welcome gesture to Indian Cinema, the City of Brampton in Ontario, Canada,  will name a street after the ultimate Showman – the late Raj Kapoor. Introducing a new street into the infrastructure of the city, when constructed it will be named, the ‘Raj Kapoor Crescent’.  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will host a tribute to the patriarch of the Kapoor clan,  Raj Kapoor. Titled, ‘Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema’ the festival will run for six ...

Don 2 - the Chase Continues in...Berlin

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Shahrukh Khan's new film“Don 2 – The Chase Continues” introduces the German Capital to Bollywood filmlovers. One of the top three destinations in Europe, after London and Paris, it registered an increase in the number of Indian visitors  by 43 percent in 2010. Now, Berliners would like Don 2 to make the city even more popular with Indians. Burkhard Kieker, CEO, visitBerlin says "Don 2 has two starring roles, Shah Rukh Khan and Berlin.” What's Shahrukh's considered opinion of...

women are heroes, a film by JR, award winning lensman and director

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   The Alliance Française de Bombay has organised the premiere in Mumbai of the documemtary film, Women Are Heroes directed by the award winning French artist and photographer JR at Olive Bandra on Monday,June 30,2011. The film  was screened at Cannes  last year. "In peacetime women are discriminated, in wartime they are targets," says JR, who has just received the 2011 TED Prize.   It is these women and their courage that he honours through outsized street-art w...

STEVEN TYLER'S ROCK MEMOIR

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Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? is the  rock memoir of Grammy Award-winning,  Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith (and celebrity judge on American Idol) which I've been watching late night on telly. He's sweet, ditto Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, you couldn't say the same thing about Simon Cowell who was fun to watch anyway. Last time I saw Cowell chat with  Jay Leno and Piers Morgan, he'd  talked about giving 5 million USD prize m...

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