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Frameline45 Documentaries: Cinematic Stories Shine, Sometimes Stall

Frameline45 Documentaries: Cinematic Stories Shine, Sometimes Stall

By Brian Bromberger | Jun 23, 2021

While most of the documentaries in Frameline45 are very good, none are great. In a rare occurrence, the narrative features this year are stronger entries than the documentaries. But there are some standouts.

Review: 'Mean...Moody...Magnificent!: Jane Russell and the Marketing of a Hollywood Legend' a Phenomenal Biography

Review: 'Mean...Moody...Magnificent!: Jane Russell and the Marketing of a Hollywood Legend' a Phenomenal Biography

By Bill Biss | Jun 23, 2021

A phenomenal biography of the famed and glamorous actor — believe it or not, the first full bio of Jane Russell.

Review: With 11 Nude Dancers, 'Bare' Celebrates Masculine Beauty

Review: With 11 Nude Dancers, 'Bare' Celebrates Masculine Beauty

By Roger Walker-Dack | Jun 22, 2021

This new documentary is the story of the making of a performance piece with 11 naked men.

Frameline45, Part 2: Folks, Fun and Fate

Frameline45, Part 2: Folks, Fun and Fate

By Brian Bromberger | Jun 22, 2021

One idiosyncrasy of Frameline45 is that the international films are superior to the US/English language movies, especially because of their daring content. Check out our second batch of notable narrative films, including a few cinematic jewels.

Review: Arrow's 'Years Of Lead: Five Classic Italian Crime Thrillers 1973-1977' is Worthy of Your Attention

Review: Arrow's 'Years Of Lead: Five Classic Italian Crime Thrillers 1973-1977' is Worthy of Your Attention

By Sam Cohen | Jun 22, 2021

Arrow Video's "Years of Lead: Five Classic Italian Crime Thrillers 1973-1977" gives the poliziotteschi genre the proper showcase at home. These shocking and morally ambiguous eurocrime films hearken back to a time of great social upheaval in Italy.

Review: Revisit 'For Those Who Think Young' to Catch the Film Debut of Ellen Burstyn

Review: Revisit 'For Those Who Think Young' to Catch the Film Debut of Ellen Burstyn

By Frank J. Avella | Jun 22, 2021

The real discovery here is a young, green Ellen Burstyn showing off her comic chops in her film debut.

Love, Sex, and Death... François Ozon on 'Summer of 85'

Love, Sex, and Death... François Ozon on 'Summer of 85'

By Kilian Melloy | Jun 22, 2021

Prolific out French director François Ozon adapted one his favorite YA novels into "Summer of 85," a sunlit coming-of-age romance bookended by a criminal procedural that follows the romance between two young men.

Review: 'Walking With Shadows' is Predictable and Flat

Review: 'Walking With Shadows' is Predictable and Flat

By Roger Walker-Dack | Jun 22, 2021

This film about a gay men who marries to meet his religious family's religious expectations under-delivers on its dramatic possibilities and plods to a predictable destination.

Spielberg's Amblin to Make Several Films a Year for Netflix

Spielberg's Amblin to Make Several Films a Year for Netflix

By Jake Coyle | Jun 22, 2021

Steven Spielberg has set a new deal with Netflix in which his production company will make multiple feature films per year for the streaming giant.

Review: 'Milkwater' a Captivating Character Study

Review: 'Milkwater' a Captivating Character Study

By Kilian Melloy | Jun 21, 2021

Morgan Ingari's comedy is a stirring, poignant character study of a young woman caught in one of life's dead zones, where she's not making progress — and not even sure she's feeling a need to.

Review: 'P.S. Burn This Letter Please' a Colorful Glimpse Into 50s/60s Drag

Review: 'P.S. Burn This Letter Please' a Colorful Glimpse Into 50s/60s Drag

By Roger Walker-Dack | Jun 21, 2021

"P.S. Burn This Letter Please" is a glimpse into NY's gay drag scene in the 1950s and '60s

'The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' Hits Top Mark at Box Office

'The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' Hits Top Mark at Box Office

By Jonathan Landrum Jr. | Jun 20, 2021

The Lionsgate's film starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek brought in $11.6 million domestically to claim the No. 1 spot in its debut.

Review: Affecting 'Jump, Darling' Succeeds Because of Cloris Leachman

Review: Affecting 'Jump, Darling' Succeeds Because of Cloris Leachman

By Roger Walker-Dack | Jun 20, 2021

Cloris Leachman's exquisite swan song is poignant and affecting.

Are Black Queer Women in Hollywood About to Shatter Another Glass Ceiling?

Are Black Queer Women in Hollywood About to Shatter Another Glass Ceiling?

By Darian Aaron | Jun 20, 2021

After more than a century, the glass ceiling may finally be shattering for Black queer women in the entertainment industry.

15 Months Later, Radio City Reopens with Dave Chappelle

15 Months Later, Radio City Reopens with Dave Chappelle

By Jake Coyle | Jun 20, 2021

Fifteen months after shuttering for the pandemic, New York's Radio City Music Hall reopened its doors Saturday for the Tribeca Festival premiere of a new Dave Chappelle documentary.

Review: 'Charlatan' Diagnosis the Problem with Blind Faith

Review: 'Charlatan' Diagnosis the Problem with Blind Faith

By Roger Walker-Dack | Jun 19, 2021

This dour story has layers of meaning just under the surface.

Beyond 'In the Heights,' Colorism Persists, Rarely Addressed

Beyond 'In the Heights,' Colorism Persists, Rarely Addressed

By Astrid Galvan | Jun 18, 2021

Every year, Hollywood inevitably comes under criticism for its lack of racial diversity. But another lesser-known yet still pervasive problem also resurfaces: the lack of diversity in skin tone.

Review: Documentarian Edgar Wright Strives to Illuminate 'The Sparks Brothers'

Review: Documentarian Edgar Wright Strives to Illuminate 'The Sparks Brothers'

By Karin McKie | Jun 18, 2021

The most underrated, influential, and overlooked band of the modern era.

Review: Candid 'Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It' Proves Rita Moreno is a Legend

Review: Candid 'Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It' Proves Rita Moreno is a Legend

By Rob Lester | Jun 18, 2021

A candid, warts-and-all look at the long career of a true star of stage, screen, TV and nightclubs, with emphasis on the unfortunate legacy of limited opportunities due to Hollywood typecasting and stereotyping due to ethnicity.

Review: Mother Earth is Not Playing in Creepy 'Gaia'

Review: Mother Earth is Not Playing in Creepy 'Gaia'

By Kevin Taft | Jun 18, 2021

"Gaia" is a skin-crawling eco-horror movie that presents a good argument for leaving modern society behind, but also a really good reason to get the fuck out of the forest.

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