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/
7 11, 2018

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

By | November 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 | October 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 | August 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 [...]

21 07, 2018

BO BURNHAM’S ‘EIGHTH GRADE’ IS AWKWARD, HONEST, AND ENDLESSLY LOVABLE

By | July 21st, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

Growing up, I always thought that by the time I got to high school, I’d look like the girls I saw in the movies. Cher Horwitz from Clueless. Veronica Sawyer from Heathers. Anyone from Cruel Intentions, 10 Things I Hate About You, Bring it On. You get the idea. To my vast disappointment, it was [...]

11 07, 2018

JORDAN RESSLER WINNER ‘CUSTODY’ WILL HAVE YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT

By | July 11th, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

Let’s face it: it’s not easy to drag yourself to a movie with super heavy subject matter. As someone who is constantly recommending movies to people, one of the most frequent reasons someone turns down a title is that they don’t want to watch something upsetting. I get it. But hard subjects are a part [...]

28 06, 2018

‘UNDER THE TREE’: CASTING A CLOUD OVER COMEDY

By | June 28th, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

When I introduced Under the Tree at the 2018 Miami Film Festival back in March, I was hesitant to say too much about the film. This is a movie best experienced, not explained. However, there was one small thing I told the audience to keep in the back of their heads: view this film through [...]

31 05, 2018

‘FIRST REFORMED’ IS AN INCENDIARY FILM FOR RIGHT NOW

By | May 31st, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

Cinema has always held the power to be a product of its time -- to be a stark reminder of the current social and sociopolitical climate, even when that reminder is buried under layers of plot details. Our collective fears, in particular, say a lot about us. So it should come as no surprise that Paul [...]

8 09, 2017

SALMA HAYEK AND JOHN LITHGOW GO HEAD-TO-HEAD IN ‘BEATRIZ AT DINNER’

By | September 8th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

If the Trump era has taught us one thing, it’s that some differences are irreconcilable; you can talk at each other for hours, and those at opposites sides of an argument will never see eye-to-eye. Beatriz at Dinner doesn’t do anything to help assuage the unpleasant nature of this basic truth. There’s no sugar-coating, and [...]

5 09, 2017

FAITH IS CHALLENGED IN 2015 VENICE AWARD WINNER ‘FREE IN DEED’

By | September 5th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

Faith-based cinema has been on the steady rise for a while now. Films like Heaven is for Real, God’s Not Dead and Miracles from Heaven have proven to be extremely lucrative, and Hollywood has taken notice, bringing what was once a distinctly niche genre into the mainstream. These films have managed to pull in big name [...]

18 08, 2017

‘INGRID GOES WEST’ IS A DARK COMEDY FILLED WITH DARK TRUTHS

By | August 18th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

When The Social Network came out back in 2010, more than one film critic dubbed it “a movie that defines a generation,” and it was a sentiment I despised. Yes, the plot revolved around social media. But the crux of that film had nothing to do with the millennial mindset, and the characters at its [...]

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