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Argylle, Review: Spyurious stuff

Argylle, Review: Spyurious stuff Don’t even try. To make sense of this one. It’s a tribute to James Bond, Jason Bourne, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon. That is what the makers want you to believe. Well, it’s one tribute the ‘quartet’ can do without. There is a cat in the film, getting a fair amount of footage. Maybe that’s a tribute to Solomon, the cat of the Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who appears in several 007 films, a white, blue-eyed Turkish Angora. In...

B!tchFest Film Festival & Screenplay Contest

TO SUBMIT PLEASE VISIT OUR FILM FREEWAY PAGE: https://filmfreeway.com/BtchFestFilmFestivalandScreenplayContest Welcome to the 1st annual B!TCHFEST: An International Women’s & LGBTQIA+ Film Festival & Screenplay Contest with a groundbreaking in-person event for both Filmmakers and Screenwriters in the heart of Los Angeles. At B!tchFest we’re not just breaking glass ceilings; we’re shatterin

81st GOLDEN GLOBES SUNDAY WHO WILL WIN: " "BARBIE," BRADLEY COOPER, "KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

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The 81st Golden Globes are back this Sunday on a new network CBS with some new members, always known as the best “party” of the season.  The first televised Award Show of the season, for many years their picks seemed somewhat consistent with the Academy.  Who will win?   Christopher Nolan made almost $1bn in box office and brought audiences back to theaters, as did "Barbie," but that didn’t help Tom Cruise last year with his box-office wonder Mission ...

'Tibetan Hearts' Wins Award at La Femme International Film Festival

On Saturday, October 21st, La Femme International Film Festival screened ‘Tibetan Hearts’, a true story of star-crossed lovers in the Tibetan Plateau. The romantic leads fall in love despite the rivalry between their sheep-herding families.  LAFIFF took place at the Regal Cinemas in LA Live, located in downtown Los Angeles. Now in its 19th year, it is a festival with a special focus on promoting and supporting films directed, produced, and written by female filmmaker...

VIDEO : The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes Trailer

Cast: Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, Jason Schwartzman, and Viola Davis Directed by: Francis Lawrence Screenplay by: Michael Lesslie and Michael Arndt Based on the Novel by: Suzanne Collins Produced by: Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Francis Lawrence Executive Producers: Suzanne Collins, Mika Saito, Jim Miller, Tim Palen   Synopsis:  Experience the story of THE HUNGER GA...

‘‘Barbie’’ directed by Greta Gerwig film review © Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) 10.08.2023

‘‘Barbie’’ directed by Greta Gerwig film review © Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) 10.08.2023   Audiences and critics will remember ‘‘Barbie’’ for a long time as a light-hearted film that came at a time when the entire world was going gaga over big films such as Oppenheimer and MI-dead reckoning part one. It is said that most children play with toys in their childhood. However, there are also a lot of people who never got to play with toys especi...

Christopher Nolan's ''Oppenheimer'' is a heady mix of espionage, history, politics and suspense !!!! by © Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI)

Christopher Nolan's film ''Oppenheimer'' (2023) is a heady mix of espionage, history, politics and suspense !!!! A film review by © film critic Mr.Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) Oppenheimer is a different type of a biopic. It doesn’t aim to glorify the protagonist’s achievements. It has taken a neutral stance in which care has been taken to delineate both Oppenheimer’s achievements and weaknesses. While watching this film, viewers learn why Oppenheimer&rsquo...

To Catch a Killer, Review: Mass murderer vs FBI veteran and rookie policewoman

To Catch a Killer, Review: Mass murderer vs FBI veteran and rookie policewoman It’s a tame title, considering the killer puts down 29 individuals in the first round of his carnage. The other title, Misanthrope, is vague. It’s not nail-biting stuff, rather a thinking man’s whodunit, with occasional movements towards the edge of the seat. Mounted on a great scale, it is unable to escape the familiar tropes: Good officer being bullied, taking the rookie under his wing, a couple...

Fast X, Review: Vin some, lose some

Fast X, Review: Vin some, lose some Weapons and vehicles are the twin jet propellers on which Fast X rides. Weapons come in all potencies and sizes, including IT software/hardware and a (nuclear?) bomb that could blow up a whole city. Vehicles too, come in all shapes, sizes and models, including a container and a mini-aeroplane. All these are transported across continents, with the ease of greased lightning. There are two more twin jet-propellers that help the film cruise along, and these are...

Citadel, Review: When James meets, Jane it’s a Bond

Citadel, Review: When James meets, Jane it’s a Bond Two franchises have set the benchmark as far as spy thrillers go. No marks for guessing that these are James Bond and Mission Impossible. It’s been a mind-boggling 61 years since the first James Bond film was released. Ethan Hunt, of Mission Impossible, first appeared on screen in 1996, 27 years ago. And neither seems to have called it a day. Both have a male protagonist, who performs mind-boggling stunts and survives against al...

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Cinema Speculation’: Autobiography? Encyclopaedia? Critiques?...Keep Speculating!

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Cinema Speculation’: Autobiography? Encyclopaedia? Critiques?...Keep Speculating! Confined by time (1968-1981) and restricted to select genres, like revenge, gory violence, exploitation and blaxploitation, Quentin Tarantino’s 392-page hard-cover Hachette publication is a voyage of discovery that is not for the feeble-hearted or the purist. In baseball and cricketing terminology, he hits the ball all over the park. Though he was born in 1963, the (r...

Triangle of Sadness: An American Marxist and a Russian Capitalist on a $250 m yacht

Triangle of Sadness: An American Marxist and a Russian Capitalist on a $250 m yacht As movies go, there are several advantages of being different. Genre films have been beaten to death and critics, not to mention discerning audiences, are dying to watch something different. There are those who are different by virtue of original ideas, while others are different for the sake of being different. Let’s begin with the title: in the first few minutes of the film, you are told that it is som...

Puss in Boots-The Last Wish, Review: It’s not yet the time to hang up your boots

Puss in Boots-The Last Wish, Review: It’s not yet the time to hang up your boots A cat-sized cat in boots, with a cat-sized sword, taking on mighty villains and evading arrest by a Sherriff and his posse, is surely the stuff that fairy tales are made of. Just to remind you, there is a title card and a line on the posters that tells you, “This is a fairy tale”. That, technically, refers to the visual style of narrative employed by the film, which is very story-book in nature....

Palm Springs International Film Festival is back with Stars, Directors and a selection of the world’s best films

  PSIFF is back with Stars: Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Austin Butler, Sarah Polley, and Steven Spielberg,  with 35 contenders for Best International FIlm, & great documentaries like "The Grab."     I speak annually with Palm Springs Lead Programmer, and former Newsweek critic David Ansen about film.   This year he attended the New York film festival, and saw twenty-five films in Toronto—many narrative, and many wonderful document...

She Said, Review: One Movie Magnate, 82 Female Victims

She Said, Review: One Movie Magnate, 82 Female Victims An Agatha Christie detective movie, released in 1961 was titled Murder She Said. In 2022, it is not murder she said, but another heinous crime, and the ‘she’ is not one woman but 82 victims of a movie bigwig in Hollywood (actually Indiewood). Unlike the fiction film of yore, this film is based on solid fact, as chronicled by the best-seller book, She Said, and borne out by the Me Too movement worldwide, with minimum fictionali...

I’m Gonna Tell God Everything, Pre-Review: May peace be on earth

I’m Gonna Tell God Everything, Pre-Review: May peace be on earth A special screening of the award-winning film - 'I'm Gonna Tell God Everything', produced by Jay Patel and Abhishek Dudhaiya, and presented by Sanjay Dutt, was held earlier this week at the PVR Icon Multiplex, Andheri, Mumbai. Among the invitees were film journalists and actress Mandakini, of the film Ram Teri Ganga Maili fame, who came with her son, a young man who is about a foot taller than her. She was ther...

Everything Everywhere All at Once, Review: Good, bad and worse, All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once, Review: Good, bad and worse, All at Once Trying to define Everything Everywhere All at Once is like trying to define a feature film itself. A narrative. A beginning middle and an end, an assembly of actors, some known some unknown, some from one country, others from other countries, playing roles or characters, an entity shot by a camera, consisting of motion and still pictures, mainly motion pictures. Of 70 minutes+ duration. Can currently be viewed on cine...

Audience Award - Be Part of the Jury!

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All selected short films will participate in the competition for the Audience Award after they are uploaded on the Cittador International Film Festival´s website. The award is determined by Internet viewers using a voting tool. The film in each category with the highest number of voting will receive the Audience Award. Be part of the public voting jury - visit our website, watch films and vote on: https://iff.cittador.com You can submit your short film!   ...

Call for Entries on CITTADOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2022

  We consider short films up to 10 minutes length and there are no film premiere requirements or date of completion requirements. The screenings of the winning films will take place at the beautiful Studio Cinema Lugner City Vienna.   Cittador IFF awards films in the following categories: Narrative Short, Original Film Music, Arthouse Short, Feminist Short, Animated Short, Sci-Fi Short, Experimental Short, and LGBTQ+ Short. We want not only to select the inspiring...

Bullet Train, Review: Brad luck Pitt

Bullet Train, Review: Brad luck Pitt A Japanese book adapted into an American film, with Brad Pitt in the leading role, set on a high speed train, with armed and dangerous Mafia agents and gangsters on board, seems to be the menu for a high-octane entertainer. And for once, a film delivers most of what it promises. It is a quaint mix of mayhem, mirth and thrills. Bullet Train re-works the gangster genre with a twist that is so obvious that you wonder why did nobody think of it before. And tha...

Minions-The Rise of Gru, Review: One in a minion

Minions-The Rise of Gru, Review: One in a minion Minion and Villain don’t rhyme. They shouldn’t. After all, what is a primary school kid doing? Yes, he is almost a dwarf, and we would love to see his rise. But rise as what? An arch-villain? A super-villain? There are some movies in which good, clean, animation fun turns into adult stuff that can affect the mind-set of millions of viewers. Films need not preach or moralise, but they need not glorify villainy either. This is one suc...

Trailer success meet and song launch of Major: Lookout, big fish, here comes the goldfish

Trailer success meet and song launch of Major: Lookout, big fish, here comes the goldfish Three big, real BIG pictures are on the verge of release, simultaneously. Two are from the South, and one from Mumbai. Anybody who has been following release schedules will know that these three are Prithviraj from Yash Raj Films, KamalHaasan’s Vikram and a major film from Hyderabad, called, Major. I wonder whether the other two have been shown to anybody except the most selected of selective audie...

Trailer launch of Nikamma: Useful insights into the making of a ‘Useless’ (Nikamma) film

Trailer launch of Nikamma: Useful insights into the making of a ‘Useless’ (Nikamma) film Sony Pictures International Productions have put their faith in producer-director Sabbir Khan and a relatively new hero, an absolutely new heroine and a veteran who made her debut 30 years ago to deliver a vehicle that goes by the moniker of Nikamma. Translated, it means Useless. Abhimanyu, who has already acted in Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota and Meenakshi Sundareshwar, is the son of Himalaya Dassa...

Dr. Strange-The Multiverse of Madness, Review: Averse, obverse, inverse, diverse, reverse, converse, traverse, transverse

Dr. Strange-The Multiverse of Madness, Review: Averse, obverse, inverse, diverse, reverse, converse, traverse, transverse Of all the screen movements in Dr. Strange-The Multiverse of Madness, floating and jumping are the main competitive events, closely followed by light rings that are twirled and hurled as weapons by either side. If you can excel in these events, you win the battle. The battle, yes, but the war, no. It is a completely unequal war, with a witch who keeps winning any which way...

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