About Lauren Cohen

Lauren Cohen is a Film Programmer with Miami Film Festival. In addition to programming, she also runs the Festival’s membership level for young professionals, CineClub. To learn more, visit http://miamifilmfestival.com/programmers/
29 11, 2019

South Florida-Set ‘Waves’ Is a Stunning Emotional Powerhouse

By |2019-12-05T10:23:13-05:00November 29th, 2019|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

The thing about waves is that they sometimes surprise you with their strength. What starts off as something calming and full of beauty can turn into a tsunami, leaving devastation in its wake. Waves, writer-director Trey Edward Shults’ third feature, is about just that. It’s about how life as we know it can change in [...]

10 04, 2019

Zac Efron stars as Ted Bundy in Miami-set ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’

By |2019-04-11T11:22:04-05:00April 10th, 2019|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

  Zac Efron became an overnight teen sensation after playing heartthrob Troy Bolton in Disney’s High School Musical. Ted Bundy was an infamous serial killer known for having murdered at least 30 women in brutal fashion before he was executed in a Florida prison. That their paths should cross via Efron’s latest film, Extremely Wicked, [...]

9 12, 2018

‘Shoplifters’ is a deeply moving look at the meaning of family

By |2019-03-11T19:02:38-05:00December 9th, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

In Shoplifters, family isn’t something you’re necessarily born with – it’s something you build. Winner of the top prize at the most recent Cannes Film Festival, Shoplifters is a film with a bottomless amount of compassion, one that very well may be one of the most emotional movie-going experiences of the year. In Hirokazu Kore-eda’s [...]

7 11, 2018

‘What They Had’ is a star-studded, authentic look at a family in crisis

By |2019-03-11T19:02:38-05:00November 7th, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

Memory loss has been fodder for quite a few movies in the past decade, from romantic weepies to dramatic depictions of Alzheimer’s disease in Oscar favorites such as Still Alice and Away From Her. Now it’s once again the focal point in writer-director Elizabeth Chomko’s family drama, What They Had. But Chomko’s debut doesn’t fall [...]

24 10, 2018

Rock climbing documentary ‘Free Solo’ is a thrilling big-screen experience

By |2019-03-11T19:02:39-05:00October 24th, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

To watch Free Solo is to willingly thrust yourself into a vertiginous, panic-inducing, heart-palpitating setting for nearly two hours. That right there alone would usually be the highest praise I have to offer a documentary of this nature. But the most impressive part of Free Solo isn’t the astonishing athletic feat that’s on display, nor is it the sweeping, enveloping cinematography [...]

31 08, 2018

Glenn Close gives a powerhouse performance in timely literary drama ‘The Wife’

By |2019-03-11T19:02:40-05:00August 31st, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

At exactly the 5-minute mark of The Wife, the camera sits on a close-up of Joan Castleman’s (Glenn Close) face as she holds a phone to her ear. While taking in what the person is saying on the other line, her face flips through a myriad of emotions: excitement, disappointment, bewilderment. Why the wide range [...]

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