Movies: A Rainy Day in New York, Rambo: Last Blood, Port Authority

Movie 1: A Rainy Day in New York

This romantic comedy was written and directed by Woody Allen. It was completed in 2017 and about to be released by Amazon Studios when halted over controversy regarding Allen and the ME TOO movement.

It’s set in New York, its lead character, Timothée Chalamet is the son of a wealthy family struggling to find his own way in life. This includes the relationship with his girlfriend and his parents.

We had not heard about this film but it was recently released in multiple countries in Europe, South America and some Asian countries.

Our theater was one in a 37 theater multiplex packed on a rainy afternoon.

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A Rainy Day in New York (July 26, 2019)

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Liev Schreiber
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 92 min
Original Title: A Rainy Day in New York
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions, FilmNation Entertainment
Two young people arrive in New York to spend a weekend; once they arrive they are met with bad weather and a series of adventures.

Cast A Rainy Day in New York

  • Timothée Chalamet
  • Role: Gatsby
  • Elle Fanning
  • Role: Ashleigh Enright
  • Selena Gomez
  • Role: Chan
  • Liev Schreiber
  • Role: Roland Pollard
  • Jude Law
  • Role: Ted Davidoff
  • Diego Luna
  • Role: Francisco Vega
  • Rebecca Hall
  • Role: Connie
  • Suki Waterhouse
  • Role: 
  • Cherry Jones
  • Role: 
  • Kelly Rohrbach
  • Role: 
  • Annaleigh Ashford
  • Role: 
  • Will Rogers
  • Role: 

Crew A Rainy Day in New York

  • Vittorio Storaro
  • Director of Photography
  • Woody Allen
  • Director
  • Woody Allen
  • Writer
  • Letty Aronson
  • Producer


Movie 2: Rambo: Last Blood

Apparently this is the last film in the Franchise. It’s classic Rambo/Stallone series. Rambo’s only daughter is taken South of the border…seemingly because she is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Rambo goes ballistic as he plans her rescue knowing the bad guys will retaliate. What comes next is impressive but exhausting.

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Rambo: Last Blood (September 19, 2019)

Release Date: September 19, 2019
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Yvette Monreal, Óscar Jaenada, Sergio Peris-Mencheta
Genres: Action, Thriller
Runtime: 101 min
Original Title: Rambo: Last Blood
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Lionsgate, Millennium Films
When John Rambo's niece travels to Mexico to find the father that abandoned her and her mother, she finds herself in the grasps of Calle Mexican sex traffickers. When she doesn't return home as expected, John learns she's crossed into Mexico and sets out to get her back and make them pay.

Cast Rambo: Last Blood

  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Role: John Rambo
  • Yvette Monreal
  • Role: Gabrielle
  • Óscar Jaenada
  • Role: Victor Martinez
  • Sergio Peris-Mencheta
  • Role: Hugo Martinez
  • Paz Vega
  • Role: Carmen Delgado
  • Joaquín Cosio
  • Role: Don Manuel
  • Adriana Barraza
  • Role: Maria Beltran
  • Louis Mandylor
  • Role: Sheriff
  • Marco de la O
  • Role: Miguel
  • Jessica Madsen
  • Role: 
  • Nicholas Wittman
  • Role: Jimmy
  • Díana Bermudez
  • Role: Juanita
  • Sheila Shah
  • Role: Alejandra
  • Atanas Srebrev
  • Role: American Merc
  • Aaron Cohen
  • Role: State Police Captain

Crew Rambo: Last Blood

  • Brian Tyler
  • Original Music Composer
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Screenplay
  • Kevin King Templeton
  • Producer
  • Franco-Giacomo Carbone
  • Production Design
  • Steven Paul
  • Producer
  • David Morrell
  • Characters
  • Avi Lerner
  • Producer
  • Carla Hool
  • Casting Director
  • Brendan Galvin
  • Director of Photography
  • Lati Grobman
  • Executive Producer
  • Todd E. Miller
  • Editor
  • Ariel Vromen
  • Executive Producer
  • Christa Campbell
  • Executive Producer
  • Adrian Grunberg
  • Director
  • Kiril Kaloyanov
  • Boom Operator
  • Vladimir Kaloyanov
  • Sound Mixer
  • Carsten Kurpanek
  • Editor
  • Cristina Sopeña
  • Costume Design
  • Matthew Cirulnick
  • Screenplay
  • Ryan Nowak
  • Sound Designer
  • David Temprano
  • Art Direction
  • Eduardo Hidalgo hijo
  • Art Direction

Movie 3: Port Authority

This is an interesting film about a young drifter who leaves Pittsburgh for New York in hopes of a better future.

He finds work as a mover who seeks and evicts poor folks from their homes in Harlem. Not the best way to meet people.

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Port Authority (September 25, 2019)

Release Date: September 25, 2019
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Leyna Bloom, McCaul Lombardi, Jari Jones
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 94 min
Original Title: Port Authority
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Madeleine Films, RT Features, Sikelia Productions, MUBI
Paul, a 20 year old midwesterner, arrives at the central bus station and quickly catches eyes with Wye, a 22 year old girl voguing on the sidewalk. After Paul seeks her out in secret, an intense love between them blossoms. But when Paul discovers Wye is trans, he is forced to confront his own identity and what it means to belong.

Cast Port Authority

  • Fionn Whitehead
  • Role: Paul
  • Leyna Bloom
  • Role: Wye
  • McCaul Lombardi
  • Role: Lee
  • Jari Jones
  • Role: Naima
  • Devon Carpenter
  • Role: Tekay
  • Eddie Plaza
  • Role: Eddie McQueen
  • Louisa Krause
  • Role: Sara
  • Christopher Quarles
  • Role: Mother McQueen
  • Taliek Jeqon
  • Role: Dante McQueen

Crew Port Authority

  • Danielle Lessovitz
  • Director
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Executive Producer
  • Rodrigo Teixeira
  • Producer
  • Jomo Fray
  • Director of Photography
  • Virginie Lacombe
  • Producer
  • Sophie Mas
  • Executive Producer
  • Zachary Luke Kislevitz
  • Producer
  • Lourenço Sant'Anna
  • Executive Producer
  • Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  • Executive Producer
  • Frédéric de Goldschmidt
  • Executive Producer
  • Bobby Allen
  • Executive Producer
  • Efe Çakarel
  • Executive Producer
  • Matthew C. Hart
  • Editor
  • Clemence Samson
  • Editor
  • Emmeline Wilks-Dupoise
  • Production Design
  • Chris Foster
  • Sound
  • Gilles Bénardeau
  • Sound
  • Patrick Southern
  • Sound
  • Chester Algernal Gordon
  • Costume Designer
  • Matthew Herbert
  • Original Music Composer
  • Danielle Lessovitz
  • Screenplay

Movies: Ad Astra, Ms. Purple, Rojo

Movie 1: Ad Astra

What a remarkable film. It’s about space, an astronaut and his father, also an astronaut who is lost in space. It’s powerful, beautiful, challenging, occasionally confusing and arguable the best space film in quite some time. We saw it in a massive IMAX theater with a great Dolby sound system, well worth the extra cost.

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Ad Astra (September 17, 2019)

Release Date: September 17, 2019
Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland
Genres: Science Fiction, Drama, Adventure
Runtime: 124 min
Original Title: Ad Astra
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: New Regency Productions, Keep Your Head, MadRiver Pictures, Plan B Entertainment, RT Features, Bona Film Group, Regency Enterprises, 20th Century Fox
An astronaut travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. He uncovers secrets which challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

Cast Ad Astra

  • Brad Pitt
  • Role: Roy McBride
  • Tommy Lee Jones
  • Role: Clifford McBride
  • Ruth Negga
  • Role: Hellen Lantos
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Role: Thomas Pruitt
  • Kimberly Elise
  • Role: Lorraine Deavers
  • Loren Dean
  • Role: Donald Stanford
  • Donnie Keshawarz
  • Role: Captain Lawrence Tanner
  • Sean Blakemore
  • Role: Willie Levant
  • Bobby Nish
  • Role: Franklin Yoshida
  • LisaGay Hamilton
  • Role: Adjutent General Amelia Vogel
  • John Finn
  • Role: Stroud
  • John Ortiz
  • Role: General Rivas
  • Freda Foh Shen
  • Role: Captain Lu
  • Kayla Adams
  • Role: Female Flight Attendant
  • Ravi Kapoor
  • Role: Arjun Dhariwal
  • Liv Tyler
  • Role: Eve
  • Elisa Perry
  • Role: Woman in White Pants / Shirt
  • Daniel Sauli
  • Role: Sal
  • Kimmy Shields
  • Role: Sergeant Romano
  • Kunal Dudheker
  • Role: Technician 1
  • Greg Bryk
  • Role: Chip Garnes
  • Alyson Reed
  • Role: Janice Collins
  • Sasha Compère
  • Role: Female Team Member
  • Justin Dray
  • Role: Male Team Member
  • Alexandria Rousset
  • Role: Woman on Screen
  • Natasha Lyonne
  • Role: Tanya Pincus
  • Zoro Saro Manuel Daghlian
  • Role: Spacecom Employee
  • Jacob Sandler
  • Role: Young Roy
  • Elizabeth Willaman
  • Role: Cepheus (voice)
  • Anne McDaniels
  • Role: Shunga Hologram

Crew Ad Astra

  • James Gray
  • Director
  • James Gray
  • Screenplay
  • Ethan Gross
  • Screenplay
  • Brad Pitt
  • Producer
  • Sophie Mas
  • Executive Producer
  • James Gray
  • Producer
  • Marc Butan
  • Executive Producer
  • John Axelrad
  • Editor
  • Lee Haugen
  • Editor
  • Douglas Aibel
  • Casting
  • Kevin Thompson
  • Production Design
  • Karen O'Hara
  • Set Decoration
  • Albert Wolsky
  • Costume Design
  • Erik Coutts
  • Driver
  • Dede Gardner
  • Producer
  • Anthony Katagas
  • Producer
  • Jeremy Kleiner
  • Producer
  • Rodrigo Teixeira
  • Producer
  • Hoyte van Hoytema
  • Director of Photography
  • Max Richter
  • Original Music Composer
  • Bradley Parker
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Brian Adler
  • Visual Effects
  • Richard Friedlander
  • Visual Effects Producer
  • John Casey
  • Costume Supervisor
  • Yariv Milchan
  • Producer
  • Jeffrey Chan
  • Executive Producer
  • Paul Conway
  • Executive Producer
  • Anthony Mosawi
  • Executive Producer
  • Lourenço Sant'Anna
  • Executive Producer
  • Michael Schaefer
  • Executive Producer
  • Dong Yu
  • Executive Producer
  • Kevin Constant
  • Art Direction
  • Alison Sadler
  • Art Direction
  • David Scott
  • Art Direction
  • Gary Warshaw
  • Art Direction
  • Lorne Balfe
  • Original Music Composer
  • Gary Rydstrom
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Gary Rydstrom
  • Sound Designer
  • Gary Rydstrom
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer
  • Tom Johnson
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer


Movie 2: Ms. Purple

Set in Koreatown, Los Angeles, sister Kasie and brother Carey come together and struggle to care for their dying father.

Both under employed and struggling under weighty demands as caretakers, the two manage to keep their heads above water. It’s a unique story and a hit at both Sundance and the 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. English and Korean with English subtitles.

Bonus! Our screening included a Q & A with the lead actress Tiffany Chu.

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Ms. Purple (September 6, 2019)

Release Date: September 6, 2019
Starring: Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano, Sonny Kang
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 88 min
Original Title: Ms. Purple
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Plan Zero Productions
Kasie, stuck in LA’s Koreatown, works as a karaoke hostess getting paid for her companionship by drunken men. When her dad’s hospice nurse quits she reconnects with her estranged brother, Carey, forcing them to enter a period of intense self-reflection as their single father who raised them nears death.

Cast Ms. Purple

  • Tiffany Chu
  • Role: Kasie
  • Teddy Lee
  • Role: Carey
  • Octavio Pizano
  • Role: Octavio
  • Sonny Kang
  • Role: Young-Il
  • Jake Choi
  • Role: Johnny
  • Crystal Lee
  • Role: Sora
  • Alma Martinez
  • Role: Juanita
  • Courtney Bandeko
  • Role: Priscilla
  • Dayoung Lee
  • Role: Doumi
  • Josiah D. Lee
  • Role: Josiah
  • Trinecia Moore-Pernell
  • Role: Nurse Joyce
  • Ronnie Kim
  • Role: Tony
  • Cathy Kim
  • Role: Cathy
  • Chris Yejin
  • Role: Esther

Crew Ms. Purple

  • Justin Chon
  • Director
  • Justin Chon
  • Writer
  • Chris Dinh
  • Writer
  • Roger Suen
  • Original Music Composer
  • Reynolds Barney
  • Editor
  • Ante Cheng
  • Director of Photography
  • Eunice Jera Lee
  • Costume Design
  • Alex Chi
  • Producer
  • Justin Chon
  • Producer
  • Alan Pao
  • Producer
  • James J. Yi
  • Producer
  • Gabriel Napora
  • Executive Producer
  • Yas Taalat
  • Executive Producer
  • Yipeng Ben Lu
  • Executive Producer
  • Jon Berry
  • Editor
  • Michael Beaudry
  • Casting Director
  • Bo Koung Shin
  • Production Design
  • Min Jeong Chai
  • Art Direction
  • Pierre Delachaux
  • Executive Producer

Movie 3: Rojo

It was a unique view of pre-coup Argentina in the 1970s. South America of the era was struggling with establishing a ‘new world’ society.

It delivers its story as an unraveled thriller. It’s also a bio on the corruption and chaos of the time. Spanish with English subtitles.

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Rojo (October 26, 2018)

Release Date: October 26, 2018
Starring: Darío Grandinetti, Andrea Frigerio, Alfredo Castro, Laura Grandinetti
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Runtime: 106 min
Original Title: Rojo
Original Film Language: Español
Production Companies: PUCARA CINE, Bord Cadre Films, Desvia, Ecce Films, Sutor Kolonko, Le Tiró, Cine Jempsa
A small town in an Argentinian province, 1975. The life of Claudio, a successful lawyer, gets complicated when he has a stupid quarrel with a stranger in a crowded restaurant.

Cast Rojo

  • Darío Grandinetti
  • Role: Claudio
  • Andrea Frigerio
  • Role: Susana
  • Alfredo Castro
  • Role: Detective Sinclair
  • Laura Grandinetti
  • Role: Paula
  • Claudio Martínez Bel
  • Role: Vivas
  • Susana Pampín
  • Role: Professor
  • Rafael Federman
  • Role: Santiago
  • Diego Cremonesi
  • Role: The Hippie / Dieguito
  • Rudy Chernicoff
  • Role: Mago
  • Mara Bestelli
  • Role: Mabel

Crew Rojo

  • Benjamín Naishtat
  • Director
  • Pedro Sotero
  • Director of Photography
  • Andrés Quaranta
  • Editor
  • Benjamín Naishtat
  • Screenplay
  • Vincent van Warmerdam
  • Original Music Composer
  • Pedro Sá Earp
  • Sound Recordist
  • Julieta Dolinsky
  • Art Direction
  • Florencia González Rogani
  • Dialogue Editor
  • Simon Apostolou
  • Sound Mixer
  • Fernando Ribero
  • Sound Director
  • Barbara Sarasola-Day
  • Producer
  • Federico Eibuszyc
  • Producer

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Our big news of the day is…tomorrow we depart for London and destinations beyond. We will explore much of Europe for the next 5 weeks, including visiting long time friends in Switzerland.

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Movies: A Faithful Man, Before You Know It, Downton Abbey

Movie 1: A Faithful Man

This French film by Actor/Director Louis Garrel checks most boxes for French films released in the US. Good acting, an interesting screenplay and a “peculiar thicket love quadrangle”. It’s a bit “too much information” as the film softly comes to an end. French with English subtitles.

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A Faithful Man (December 26, 2018)

Release Date: December 26, 2018
Starring: Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp, Joseph W. Engel
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 75 min
Original Title: L'Homme fidèle
Original Film Language: Français
Production Companies: Why Not Productions, Canal+, Ciné+
Marianne leaves Abel for Paul, his best friend and the father of her unborn child. Eight years later, Paul dies and Marianne returns to Abel. However, things have changed for the both of them and feelings of jealousy surround their new relationship.

Cast A Faithful Man

  • Louis Garrel
  • Role: Abel
  • Laetitia Casta
  • Role: Marianne
  • Lily-Rose Depp
  • Role: Eve
  • Joseph W. Engel
  • Role: Joseph

Crew A Faithful Man

  • Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Writer
  • Jean Rabasse
  • Production Design
  • Louis Garrel
  • Director
  • Louis Garrel
  • Writer
  • Pascal Caucheteux
  • Executive Producer
  • Joëlle Hache
  • Editor
  • Martine Cassinelli
  • Executive Producer
  • Irina Lubtchansky
  • Director of Photography
  • Grégoire Sorlat
  • Producer
  • Laurent Bozzi
  • Key Hair Stylist
  • Mélissa Malinbaum
  • Executive Producer


Movie 2: Before You Know It

Reviews like “charming and quirky” don’t quite describe this drama/comedy. Set in New York City, a compact family who operate a small theater, discover their “thought dead” mother is alive and acting as a soap opera star. It’s wacky but watchable. Judith Light is a hoot.

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Before You Know It (August 30, 2019)

Release Date: August 30, 2019
Starring: Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock, Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin
Genres: Comedy
Runtime: 98 min
Original Title: Before You Know It
Original Film Language: English
In 1993 New York City, dysfunctional co-dependent sisters discover that the mother they thought had died when they were young is alive and starring on a popular daytime soap opera.

Cast Before You Know It

  • Hannah Pearl Utt
  • Role: Rachel Gurner
  • Jen Tullock
  • Role: Jackie Gurner
  • Judith Light
  • Role: Sherrell
  • Mandy Patinkin
  • Role: Mel
  • Mike Colter
  • Role: Charles
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Role: Peter
  • Linda Arroz
  • Role: Rhonda

Crew Before You Know It

  • Hannah Pearl Utt
  • Director
  • Hannah Pearl Utt
  • Writer
  • Jen Tullock
  • Writer

Movie 3: Downton Abbey

The long awaited release of Downton Abbey follows the television series by the same name. It’s set in 1927 in the Yorkshire countryside.

It’s a complex story to describe. Imagine the dynamic of the traditional monarchy, the King, Queen and their court on a tour of the country that instantly spawns conflicts of class, authority, influence, integrity, and arrogance. That said, it does not disappoint! High points: set decoration, cinematography and costume design.

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Downton Abbey (September 12, 2019)

Release Date: September 12, 2019
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 122 min
Original Title: Downton Abbey
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Focus Features, Carnival Films & Television, Perfect World Pictures
The beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.

Cast Downton Abbey

  • Hugh Bonneville
  • Role: Robert Crawley
  • Maggie Smith
  • Role: Violet Crawley
  • Michelle Dockery
  • Role: Mary Crawley
  • Jim Carter
  • Role: Mr. Carson
  • Laura Carmichael
  • Role: Edith Crawley
  • Elizabeth McGovern
  • Role: Cora Crawley
  • Phyllis Logan
  • Role: Mrs. Hughes
  • Penelope Wilton
  • Role: Isobel Merton
  • Brendan Coyle
  • Role: John Bates
  • Joanne Froggatt
  • Role: Anna Bates
  • Robert James-Collier
  • Role: Thomas Barrow
  • Lesley Nicol
  • Role: Mrs. Patmore
  • Sophie McShera
  • Role: Daisy Mason
  • Raquel Cassidy
  • Role: Phyllis Baxter
  • Allen Leech
  • Role: Tom Branson
  • Imelda Staunton
  • Role: Lady Bagshaw
  • Geraldine James
  • Role: Queen Mary
  • Simon Jones
  • Role: King George V
  • David Haig
  • Role: Mr. Wilson
  • Tuppence Middleton
  • Role: Lucy Smith
  • Stephen Campbell Moore
  • Role: Major Chetwode
  • Kevin Doyle
  • Role: Joseph Molesley
  • Douglas Reith
  • Role: Lord Merton
  • Fifi Hart
  • Role: Sybbie Branson
  • James Cartwright
  • Role: Tony Sellick
  • Alice McCarthy
  • Role: Nanny Harewood
  • Kate Phillips
  • Role: Princess Mary
  • Michael Fox
  • Role: Andy
  • Susan Lynch
  • Role: Miss Lawton
  • Mark Addy
  • Role: Mr. Bakewell
  • Philippe Spall
  • Role: Monsieur Courbet
  • Richenda Carey
  • Role: Mrs. Webb
  • Matthew Goode
  • Role: Henry Talbot

Crew Downton Abbey

  • Julian Fellowes
  • Screenplay
  • Gareth Neame
  • Producer
  • Julian Fellowes
  • Producer
  • Liz Trubridge
  • Producer
  • Brian Percival
  • Executive Producer
  • Michael Engler
  • Director
  • Julian Fellowes
  • Characters
  • Nigel Marchant
  • Executive Producer
  • John Lunn
  • Original Music Composer
  • Ben Smithard
  • Director of Photography
  • Mark Day
  • Editor
  • Jill Trevellick
  • Casting Director
  • Donal Woods
  • Production Design
  • Simon Walker
  • Art Direction
  • Anna Mary Scott Robbins
  • Costume Design
  • Mark Hubbard
  • Co-Producer
  • Annette Field
  • Makeup & Hair
  • Anne Oldham
  • Makeup & Hair

Movies: Raising Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins, Hustlers, Monos

Movie 1: Raising Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

This is a documentary film about Molly Ivins. She was a national political columnist from Texas and described herself as a Liberal.

She was funny, mean, clever and sincere, often all at the same time. She was enormously popular nation wide. It’s timely given the tumultuous state of current affairs. It’s in very limited release. If possible, don’t miss it.

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Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (August 30, 2019)

Release Date: August 30, 2019
Starring: Molly Ivins, Harold Cook, Andy Ivins, Margo Johnston
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 91 min
Original Title: Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins
Original Film Language: English
Molly Ivins was six feet of flame-haired Texas trouble. She was a prescient political journalist, best-selling author, and Bill of Rights warrior. She took no prisoners, leaving both sides of the aisle laughing and craving more of her razor-sharp wit. It's time to raise hell like Molly!

Cast Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

  • Molly Ivins
  • Role: Herself
  • Harold Cook
  • Role: Himself
  • Andy Ivins
  • Role: Himself
  • Margo Johnston
  • Role: Herself
  • Charles Kaiser
  • Role: Himself
  • Paul Krugman
  • Role: Himself
  • Anne Lamott
  • Role: Herself
  • Linda Jann Lewis
  • Role: Herself
  • Myra MacPherson
  • Role: Herself
  • Rachel Maddow
  • Role: Herself
  • Marty Maley
  • Role: Himself
  • Sara Ivins Maley
  • Role: Herself
  • Dave McNeely
  • Role: Himself
  • Betsy Moon
  • Role: Herself
  • Muffie Moroney
  • Role: Herself
  • Victor Navasky
  • Role: Himself
  • Kaye Northcott
  • Role: Herself
  • Terry O'Rourke
  • Role: Himself
  • Dan Rather
  • Role: Himself
  • Cecile Richards
  • Role: Herself
  • Anne Siefert
  • Role: Herself
  • Sara Speights
  • Role: Herself
  • Ellen Sweets
  • Role: Herself
  • Forrest Wilder
  • Role: Himself
  • Anthony Zurcher
  • Role: Himself

Crew Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

  • Janice Engel
  • Director


Movie 2: Hustlers

This film, based on true events, has managed to attract large audiences, especially young adults. It’s about a group of young strippers in 2007 at a Manhattan strip club catering to Wall Street clientele.

While the story was executed well, it wasn’t long before the topic became tedious. The film relies heavily on the “underdog” factor but there is no apology for the collusion and damage caused. Jennifer Lopez delivers a standout performance.

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Hustlers (September 12, 2019)

Release Date: September 12, 2019
Starring: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Runtime: 107 min
Original Title: Hustlers
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Annapurna Pictures, Gloria Sanchez Productions, STX Entertainment
A crew of savvy former strip club employees band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Cast Hustlers

  • Constance Wu
  • Role: Destiny
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Role: Ramona Vega
  • Julia Stiles
  • Role: Elizabeth
  • Keke Palmer
  • Role: Mercedes
  • Lili Reinhart
  • Role: Annabelle
  • Lizzo
  • Role: Liz
  • Cardi B
  • Role: Diamond
  • Mercedes Ruehl
  • Role: Mother
  • Trace Lysette
  • Role: Tracey
  • Usher
  • Role: Himself
  • G-Eazy
  • Role: Johnny
  • Mette Towley
  • Role: Justice
  • Madeline Brewer
  • Role: Dawn
  • Stormi Maya
  • Role: Angel
  • Tia Barr
  • Role: Talia
  • Ching Hoh-Wai
  • Role: Destiny’s Grandmother
  • Doris McCarthy
  • Role: Bar Patron
  • Steven Boyer
  • Role: Doug
  • Vanessa Aspillaga
  • Role: Manuela
  • Ken Holmes
  • Role: Broker
  • Leonard Zimmerman
  • Role: Diner Guy
  • Molly Williams
  • Role: Stripper
  • David Wenzel
  • Role: Shit Faced Guy
  • Daymien Valentino
  • Role: Mover
  • Nicholas Suech
  • Role: Strip Club Parton
  • Emma Batiz
  • Role: 12-Year-Old Juliet
  • Dov Davidoff
  • Role: Manager
  • Brandon Keener
  • Role: Alpha
  • Frank Whaley
  • Role: Reese
  • Devin Ratray
  • Role: Stephen

Crew Hustlers

  • Jane Musky
  • Production Design
  • Will Ferrell
  • Producer
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Producer
  • Robert Simonds
  • Executive Producer
  • Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas
  • Producer
  • Benny Medina
  • Producer
  • Lorene Scafaria
  • Screenplay
  • Lorene Scafaria
  • Director
  • Lorene Scafaria
  • Co-Producer
  • Jessica Elbaum
  • Producer
  • Chelsea Barnard
  • Producer
  • Megan Ellison
  • Executive Producer
  • Kayla Emter
  • Editor
  • Todd Banhazl
  • Director of Photography
  • Alexandra Mazur
  • Set Decoration
  • Margot Boccia
  • Makeup Department Head
  • Roxanne Rizzo
  • Key Makeup Artist
  • Mitchell Travers
  • Costume Design
  • Susan Schectar
  • Hairstylist
  • Kim Karon
  • Art Direction
  • Adam Fogelson
  • Executive Producer
  • Pamela Thur
  • Executive Producer
  • Gloria Sanchez
  • Producer
  • Alex Brown
  • Executive Producer
  • Christy Falco
  • Makeup Artist
  • Charles Zambrano
  • Makeup Artist

Movie 3: Monos

Set on a remote mountain in Columbia, South America, this is a bizarre story about eight teenage guerrilla fighters, a cow and an American woman hostage. The group embraces cult rituals and takes instruction by radio.

It’s enormously confusing and quite violent. While the story is occasionally stunning visually, the violence and extreme hazing plunge this film into a bizarre abyss. Spanish with English subtitles and in very limited release.

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Monos (February 10, 2019)

Release Date: February 10, 2019
Starring: Moisés Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Sofia Buenaventura, Karen Quintero
Genres: Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 102 min
Original Title: Monos
Original Film Language: Español
Production Companies: Mutante Cine, El Campo Cine, Snowglobe, Stela Cine, Pandora Film
On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Cast Monos

  • Moisés Arias
  • Role: Patagrande
  • Julianne Nicholson
  • Role: Doctora
  • Sofia Buenaventura
  • Role: Rambo
  • Karen Quintero
  • Role: Leidi
  • Julian Giraldo
  • Role: Lobo
  • Laura Castrillón
  • Role: Sueca
  • Deibi Rueda
  • Role: Pitufo
  • Paul Cubides
  • Role: Perro
  • Sneider Castro
  • Role: Bum Bum
  • Wilson Salazar
  • Role: Mensajero
  • Jorge Román
  • Role: Buscador de Oro

Crew Monos

  • Alejandro Landes
  • Director
  • Jasper Wolf
  • Director of Photography
  • Mica Levi
  • Original Music Composer
  • Alejandro Landes
  • Story
  • Ted Guard
  • Editor
  • Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • Editor
  • Santiago Otheguy
  • Editor
  • Eyde Belasco
  • Casting
  • Daniela Schneider
  • Production Design
  • Angela Leyton
  • Art Direction
  • Johanna Buendia
  • Costume Design
  • Andres Ramirez
  • Makeup Artist
  • Alex Rojas
  • Makeup Effects
  • Clas Hakeröd
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Alex Ezpeleta
  • Assistant Director
  • Santiago A. Zapata
  • Producer
  • Fernando Epstein
  • Producer
  • Alejandro Landes
  • Screenplay
  • Alexis dos Santos
  • Screenplay
  • Cristina Landes
  • Producer
  • Alejandro Landes
  • Producer
  • Alexis dos Santos
  • Casting
  • Daniela Schneider
  • Casting
  • Daniela Schneider
  • Costume Design

Movies: Jay Myself, Brittany Runs a Marathon, The Goldfinch

Movie 1: Jay Myself

What a unique and intriguing documentary film. It’s about a photographer who lived most of his career in a six story, 35,000 square foot former bank building in New York City’s Bowery neighborhood. He agrees to sell the building for $55 million and needs to move.

It’s quirky, often funny, occasionally goofy. It’s sometimes a bit dull but at the same time it can be inspiring and entertaining. We loved it!

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Jay Myself (July 31, 2019)

Release Date: July 31, 2019
Starring: Jay Maisel
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 79 min
Original Title: Jay Myself
Original Film Language: English
Photographer Stephen Wilkes creates an intimate portrait of his mentor, Jay Maisel, as he leaves the 30,000 square foot building in the Bowery that he's inhabited and filled with his eccentric collection of beautiful random objects for the last 40 years - known as 'The Bank.'

Cast Jay Myself

  • Jay Maisel
  • Role: Himself

Crew Jay Myself

  • Stephen Wilkes
  • Director


Movie 2: Brittany Runs a Marathon

This film was a hit at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival winning the Audience Award. This dramedy is sometimes funny but more times it’s just a peek at someone’s personal mess.

We think it is supposed to be inspiring but it falls flat in the middle and struggles to get back into positive territory.

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Brittany Runs a Marathon (August 23, 2019)

Release Date: August 23, 2019
Starring: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Micah Stock, Utkarsh Ambudkar
Genres: Drama, Comedy
Runtime: 103 min
Original Title: Brittany Runs a Marathon
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Material Pictures
A young woman decides to make positive changes in her life by training for the New York City Marathon.

Cast Brittany Runs a Marathon

  • Jillian Bell
  • Role: Brittany
  • Michaela Watkins
  • Role: Catherine
  • Micah Stock
  • Role: Seth
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar
  • Role: Jern
  • LilRel Howery
  • Role: Demetrius
  • Alice Lee
  • Role: Gretchen
  • Jennifer Dundas
  • Role: Shannon
  • Patch Darragh
  • Role: Doctor Falloway
  • Erica Hernandez
  • Role: Molly
  • Adam Sietz
  • Role: Glenn
  • Dan Bittner
  • Role: Terrence
  • Mikey Day
  • Role: Dev
  • Kate Arrington
  • Role: Cici
  • Beth Malone
  • Role: Tesla
  • Esteban Benito
  • Role: Peter
  • Nadia Quinn
  • Role: Dana
  • Juri Henley-Cohn
  • Role: David
  • Peter Vack
  • Role: Ryan
  • Pascal Yen-Pfister
  • Role: Snobby Artist Man
  • Miriam A. Hyman
  • Role: Snobby Artist Woman
  • Gene Gabriel
  • Role: Michael
  • Max Pava
  • Role: Drunk Guy
  • Gina Costigan
  • Role: Drunk Woman
  • Sarah Bolt
  • Role: Jasmine
  • Ian Unterman
  • Role: Matty
  • Robert Garcia Cabrera
  • Role: Waiter
  • Maia Nkenge Wilson
  • Role: Overweight Woman
  • Frances Eve
  • Role: Marathon Worker

Crew Brittany Runs a Marathon

  • Paul Downs Colaizzo
  • Director
  • Paul Downs Colaizzo
  • Writer
  • Matthew Plouffe
  • Producer
  • Tobey Maguire
  • Producer
  • Margot Hand
  • Producer
  • Seamus Tierney
  • Director of Photography
  • Casey Brooks
  • Editor
  • Jillian Bell
  • Executive Producer
  • Naomi Munro
  • Art Direction
  • Erin Magill
  • Production Design
  • Kim Fischer
  • Set Decoration
  • Stacey Berman
  • Costume Designer
  • Paul Downs Colaizzo
  • Executive Producer
  • Duncan Thum
  • Original Music Composer
  • Jolian Blevins
  • Co-Producer
  • Richard G. Weinberg
  • Executive Producer
  • Padraic 'Paddy' Murphy
  • Associate Producer
  • Maribeth Fox
  • Casting
  • Scott Hersh
  • Makeup Department Head
  • Dennis Polanco
  • Hair Department Head
  • Michael Thomas Zambrano
  • Key Hair Stylist

Movie 3: The Goldfinch

This is the story of one mans life from the age of 13 well into his adult years. His mom dies when he is 13 and his immediate family experience is less than ideal.

That said, it’s a unique story with several plot twists that keep it interesting. It’s based on the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It’s worth a watch.

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The Goldfinch (September 12, 2019)

Release Date: September 12, 2019
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 149 min
Original Title: The Goldfinch
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Color Force, Warner Bros. Pictures, Amazon Studios
A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals 'The Goldfinch', a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.

Cast The Goldfinch

  • Ansel Elgort
  • Role: Theodore Decker
  • Oakes Fegley
  • Role: Young Theodore Decker
  • Aneurin Barnard
  • Role: Boris Pavlikovsky
  • Finn Wolfhard
  • Role: Young Boris Pavlikovsky
  • Sarah Paulson
  • Role: Xandra
  • Luke Wilson
  • Role: Larry Decker
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Role: James 'Hobie' Hobart
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Role: Samantha Barbour
  • Ashleigh Cummings
  • Role: Pippa
  • Willa Fitzgerald
  • Role: Kitsey Barbour
  • Denis O'Hare
  • Role: Lucius Reeve
  • Luke Kleintank
  • Role: Platt Barbour
  • Peter Jacobson
  • Role: Mr. Silver
  • Aimee Laurence
  • Role: Young Pippa
  • Nicky Torchia
  • Role: Young Tom Cable
  • Collin Shea Schirrmacher
  • Role: Young Toddy Barbour
  • Robert Joy
  • Role: Welton 'Welty' Blackwell
  • Joey Slotnick
  • Role: Dave
  • Caroline Day
  • Role: Em
  • Pamela Dunlap
  • Role: Mrs. Vogel
  • Ryan Foust
  • Role: Andrew 'Andy' Barbour
  • Misha Osherovich
  • Role: Shirley T
  • Jack DiFalco
  • Role: Young Platt Barbour
  • Aidan Kennedy
  • Role: Middle School Student
  • Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Role: Social Worker
  • Kevin D. McGee
  • Role: Doorman
  • Hannah Kurczeski
  • Role: Middle School Student
  • Matteo van der Grijn
  • Role: Gyuri
  • Kevin Owen McDonald
  • Role: Mr. Pavlikovsky
  • Nick Vorsselman
  • Role: Boy on Street at Airport
  • Hank Rogerson
  • Role: Vegas Teacher
  • Scott Eliasoph
  • Role: Doorman
  • Don Castro
  • Role: Detective #1
  • Rick Bolander
  • Role: Paramedic
  • Vincent Tumeo
  • Role: Bar Patron - Restaurant
  • Robert Turano
  • Role: Detective #2
  • Ben Hollandsworth
  • Role: Race
  • Gerson Oratmangoen
  • Role: Indonesian Man

Crew The Goldfinch

  • Donna Tartt
  • Novel
  • John Crowley
  • Director
  • Peter Straughan
  • Screenplay
  • Roger Deakins
  • Director of Photography
  • K.K. Barrett
  • Production Design
  • Erwin Godschalk
  • Line Producer
  • Nina Jacobson
  • Producer
  • Brad Simpson
  • Producer
  • Maarten Swart
  • Associate Producer
  • Mari-Jo Winkler
  • Executive Producer
  • Kelley Dixon
  • Editor
  • Ellen Chenoweth
  • Casting
  • Deborah Jensen
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Rena DeAngelo
  • Set Decoration
  • Kasia Walicka-Maimone
  • Costume Design
  • Trevor Gureckis
  • Original Music Composer
  • Jamie Amadio
  • Hairstylist
  • Gina Leone
  • Key Hair Stylist
  • Mandy Lyons
  • Hair Department Head
  • Jackie Risotto
  • Key Makeup Artist

Movies: Don’t Let Go, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, Vita & Virginia

Movie 1: Don’t Let Go

This is a powerful story delivered by an exceptional cast and a unique script. To be fair it’s flawed by a corruption subplot, too much violence and a supernatural element that fails.

Nonetheless, the story ends with a surprise ending. We felt the overall package deserves larger audiences.

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Don't Let Go (August 30, 2019)

Release Date: August 30, 2019
Starring: Storm Reid, David Oyelowo, Byron Mann, Mykelti Williamson
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Runtime: 107 min
Original Title: Don't Let Go
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Blumhouse Productions
After a man's family dies in what appears to be a murder, he gets a phone call from one of the dead, his niece. He's not sure if she’s a ghost or if he's going mad - but as it turns out, he's not. Instead, her calls help him rewrite history.

Cast Don't Let Go

  • Storm Reid
  • Role: Ashley
  • David Oyelowo
  • Role: Detective Jack Radcliff
  • Byron Mann
  • Role: Detective Roger Lee
  • Mykelti Williamson
  • Role: Bobby
  • Shinelle Azoroh
  • Role: Susan
  • Alfred Molina
  • Role: Howard
  • Brian Tyree Henry
  • Role: Garret Radcliff
  • Daniel R. Lawson
  • Role: Diner Patron
  • Omar Leyva
  • Role: Property Officer

Crew Don't Let Go

  • Jacob Aaron Estes
  • Director
  • Jacob Aaron Estes
  • Screenplay
  • Jacob Aaron Estes
  • Story
  • Drew Daywalt
  • Story
  • Jason Blum
  • Producer
  • Eric B. Fleischman
  • Executive Producer
  • David Oyelowo
  • Executive Producer
  • Couper Samuelson
  • Executive Producer
  • Jeanette Volturno
  • Executive Producer
  • Sharone Meir
  • Director of Photography
  • Terri Taylor
  • Casting Director
  • Chris Davis
  • Art Direction
  • Scott D. Hanson
  • Editor
  • Billy Fox
  • Editor
  • Celine Diano
  • Production Design
  • Brian Kasch
  • Set Decoration
  • Nadine Haders
  • Costume Design
  • Phillip Dawe
  • Co-Producer
  • Gerard DiNardi
  • Line Producer
  • David Oyelowo
  • Producer
  • Ryan Turek
  • Co-Producer
  • Ethan Gold
  • Original Music Composer
  • Brian Steven Banks
  • Key Hair Stylist
  • Matt Falletta
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Marcus Koch
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Susan Laprelle
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Liz McCracken
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Myke Michaels
  • Key Makeup Artist
  • Vonda K. Morris
  • Makeup Department Head
  • Alex Noble
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Tanya Stine
  • Hair Department Head


Movie 2: Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

WOW! For anyone who is a fan of the contemporary music scene, especially the most successful female singers of the 20th century, this is a must see. Linda Ronstadt is an icon among 20th century vocalists.

Add rare footage of performances and insider footage and you can understand why this film is attracting sold out audiences nationwide.

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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (September 6, 2019)

Release Date: September 6, 2019
Starring: Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 95 min
Original Title: Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: CNN Films, PCH Films, Telling Pictures
With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties.

Cast Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Role: Herself
  • Dolly Parton
  • Role: Herself
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Role: Herself
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Role: Herself
  • Jackson Browne
  • Role: Himself
  • Don Henley
  • Role: Himself
  • David Geffen
  • Role: Himself
  • Cameron Crowe
  • Role: Himself
  • Aaron Neville
  • Role: Himself
  • Johnny Carson
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Johnny Cash
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Glenn Frey
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Ringo Starr
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Maria Muldaur
  • Role: Herself
  • Peter Asher
  • Role: Himself
  • Dick Cavett
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Ry Cooder
  • Role: Himself
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Role: Herself (archive footage)
  • Kevin Kline
  • Role: Himself
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Role: Herself (archive footage)
  • Harry Dean Stanton
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Hank Williams
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Neil Young
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)

Crew Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

  • Rob Epstein
  • Director
  • Jeffrey Friedman
  • Director

Movie 3: Vita & Virginia

This is a historical piece that is a bit confusing but ultimately satisfying. It’s loosely based on a famous socialite, Vita and the infamous Virginia Woolf . The collateral fallout and story make it interesting but hardly compelling.

The production quality makes it worth watching but be advised the script drags on and on. On the up side, it is unique, and a fascinating peek at an iconic piece of history.

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Vita & Virginia (May 2, 2019)

Release Date: May 2, 2019
Starring: Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton, Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones
Genres: Drama, Romance
Runtime: 110 min
Original Title: Vita & Virginia
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Mirror Productions, Blinder Films
Socialite Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf run in different circles in 1920s London. Despite the odds, the magnetic Vita and the beguiling Virginia forge an unconventional affair, set against the backdrop of their own strikingly contemporary marriages; which inspired one of Woolf's most iconic novels, 'Orlando'.

Cast Vita & Virginia

  • Elizabeth Debicki
  • Role: Virginia Woolf
  • Gemma Arterton
  • Role: Vita Sackville-West
  • Isabella Rossellini
  • Role: Lady Sackville
  • Rupert Penry-Jones
  • Role: Harold Nicolson
  • Peter Ferdinando
  • Role: Leonard Woolf
  • Emerald Fennell
  • Role: Vanessa Bell
  • Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
  • Role: Ralph
  • Sam Hardy
  • Role: Nigel Sackville-West
  • Gethin Anthony
  • Role: Clive Bell
  • Rory Fleck-Byrne
  • Role: Geoffrey Scott
  • Karla Crome
  • Role: Dorothy Wellesley

Crew Vita & Virginia

  • Chanya Button
  • Director
  • Simon Baxter
  • Executive Producer
  • Katie Holly
  • Producer
  • Evangelo Kioussis
  • Producer
  • Gemma Arterton
  • Executive Producer
  • Eileen Atkins
  • Screenplay
  • Chanya Button
  • Screenplay
  • Dave Bishop
  • Executive Producer
  • Christopher Figg
  • Executive Producer
  • Celine Haddad
  • Executive Producer
  • Kieron J. Walsh
  • Executive Producer
  • Mika Kioussis
  • Executive Producer
  • Robert Whitehouse
  • Executive Producer
  • Nicolas D. Sampson
  • Executive Producer
  • Arno Hazebroek
  • Executive Producer
  • Norman Merry
  • Executive Producer
  • Peter Hampden
  • Executive Producer
  • Isobel Waller-Bridge
  • Original Music Composer
  • Carlos De Carvalho
  • Director of Photography
  • Mark Trend
  • Editor
  • Colin Jones
  • Casting Director
  • Noam Piper
  • Production Design
  • Neill Treacy
  • Art Direction
  • Therese O'Leary
  • Set Decoration
  • Lorna Marie Mugan
  • Costume Design

Movies: This is Not Berlin, David Crosby: Remember My Name, Official Secrets

Movie 1: This is Not Berlin

This youth inspired reflection on Mexico City in the mid-80’s is filled with all the angst and torment most generations experience at some point in their lives.

This film just happens to benefit from a great cast, the expert mix of revolt, underground nightlife, drugs and sexual liberty. Spanish with English subtitles.

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This Is Not Berlin (June 21, 2019)

Release Date: June 21, 2019
Starring: Ximena Romo, Mauro Sánchez Navarro, José Antonio Toledano, Xabiani Ponce de León
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 115 min
Original Title: Esto no es Berlin
Original Film Language: Español
Production Companies: Catatonia Films
Seventeen-year-old Carlos doesn't fit in anywhere, not in his family nor with the friends he has chosen in school. But everything changes when he is invited to a mythical nightclub where he discovers the underground nightlife scene: punk, sexual liberty and drugs.

Cast This Is Not Berlin

  • Ximena Romo
  • Role: Rita
  • Mauro Sánchez Navarro
  • Role: Nico
  • José Antonio Toledano
  • Role: Gera
  • Xabiani Ponce de León
  • Role: Carlos
  • Fernando Álvarez Rebeil
  • Role: Quiñones
  • Lumi Cavazos
  • Role: Susana
  • Marina de Tavira
  • Role: Carolina
  • Hari Sama
  • Role: Esteban
  • Américo Hollander
  • Role: Tito
  • Klaudia García
  • Role: Maud

Crew This Is Not Berlin

  • Hari Sama
  • Director
  • Hari Sama
  • Producer
  • Hari Sama
  • Writer
  • Rodrigo Ordoñez
  • Writer
  • Max Zunino
  • Writer
  • Verónica Valadez
  • Producer
  • Antonio Urdapilleta
  • Producer
  • Ale García
  • Producer


Movie 2: David Crosby: Remember My Name

Wow! What an unexpected revealing look at singer-songwriter David Crosby, a music icon, now in his 70’s. This documentary is jammed with fear, regret, drugs, sex, heartbreak and soul searching.

It’s also a powerful reminder of incredible talent, perseverance and forgiveness. What a roller coaster ride through music history during our lifetime.

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David Crosby: Remember My Name (July 19, 2019)

Release Date: July 19, 2019
Starring: David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Neil Young
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 95 min
Original Title: David Crosby: Remember My Name
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Vinyl Films, BMG, PCH Films
You thought you knew him. Meet David Crosby now in this portrait of a man with everything but an easy retirement on his mind. With unflinching honesty, self-examination, regret, fear, exuberance and an unshakable belief in family and the transformative nature of music, Crosby shares his often challenging journey.

Cast David Crosby: Remember My Name

  • David Crosby
  • Role: Himself
  • Graham Nash
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Stephen Stills
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Neil Young
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)
  • Cameron Crowe
  • Role: Himself - Interviewer

Crew David Crosby: Remember My Name

  • A.J. Eaton
  • Director
  • Greg Mariotti
  • Producer
  • Cameron Crowe
  • Producer
  • Michele Farinola
  • Producer

Movie 3: Official Secrets

This film is based on true events from the Bush and Blair administrations. The US and the British Intelligence ensnare UN Security Council members with blackmail to approve the invasion of Iraq.

It’s masterful film making and a reminder of a dark chapter in global events. Keira Knightley is superb.

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Movies: Adam, Aquarela, Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

Movie 1: Adam

This is an odd little film that is showing in limited release.  Adam just finished his Junior year in High School.  With no plans for the summer, Adam manages to tag along with his older sister to New York in hopes of meeting a girl…

Adam ends up involved with a group of LGBTQ in his age group and quickly makes friends he is ill-equipped to engage.  That’s where we lose interest.  It’s one part comedy but a larger part tragedy.

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Movie 2: Aquarela

This film is also in limited release. It is well worth seeking out. It’s a Russian Documentary about the earth’s water, it’s ice and the evolving climate change.

What makes this a must watch film is first its staggering beauty. Overall, there is virtually no soundtrack except for wind blowing, ice cracking and an annoying heavy metal episode. Otherwise it’s masterful film making.

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Movie 3: Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

This is a Documentary film that chronicles the history and background of the stage musical that opened on Broadway in 1964. It’s perhaps one of the best of the best to date: Fiddler on the Roof.

It’s a classic, a religious celebration, a legendary miracle, a social commentary, and a historic phenomenon. It has reached universal status and not to be missed.

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Movies: One Child Nation, The Other Story, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Movie 1: One Child Nation

This is a remarkable documentary about China’s “one -child” policy in effect from 1979 to 2015. Moreover, this is a film about forced sterilizations, abortions, kidnappings and unknown numbers of newborns left to their deaths.

Be forewarned. This film is painfully difficult to watch. It unflinchingly exposes the systemic and institutional exportation of children to other countries. Mandarin and English with English subtitles.

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Movie 2: The Other Story

Where to begin…First, it’s unique. It’s a film that is one part suspense, one part light comedy, one part tragedy and one part commentary on modern life in Jerusalem, Israel.

It’s filled with tension and conflict, confusion and angst. While it is a challenge to watch, it is also a rare peek behind the curtain to the current reality for many in Israel today. Hebrew with English subtitles (the subtitles flew by!).

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Movie 3: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Set in Mill Valley, Pennsylvania (and NOT our beloved Mill Valley, California) this inventive and effectively eerie film begins on Halloween night at a drive in theater.

It’s unique, clever, creepy, demonic with just the right amount of tension. It has all the right elements for the Mystery/Thriller PG-13 rating although we strongly feel this is not appropriate for children.

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Movies: Angel Has Fallen, Piranhas, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged

Movie 1: Angel Has Fallen

First, some background on this movie, the franchise and a few changes. Aaron Eckhart was cast as the President in the first two episodes in the series. This third in the series has Morgan Freeman as the President.

Apparently, the script was toned down from “rabid jingoism” replaced by better non-stop action. Our audience applauded the screen when the film ended. That’s increasingly rare in our experience.

We saw the film in a Dolby cinema. It’s worth a couple of extra dollars for the upgraded seats, sound and visuals if you are so inclined.

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Movie 2: Piranhas

Having traveled to Naples just last year we were not surprised with the story line. Much of Naples was and is still subject to Mafia control that spans centuries.

This film delivers a somewhat mild, albeit gritty, look at the modern conditions where young men and women yearn for status, power and its trappings in turn for drug dealing while sacrificing their innocence and families. Italian and Neapolitan with English subtitles.

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Movie 3: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged

By now you can tell the number of newly released films has dwindled to single digits. This entire film is collectively absurd, claustrophobic and dark.

We were surprised to see this was a sequel. Apparently the first film was successful. The characters are generally bland. The giant sharks are unrealistic. The total package was a disappointment. It was no surprise this morning to see the film is no longer showing…apparently anywhere!

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