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/
9 12, 2018

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

By |2019-03-11T19:02:38+00:00December 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+00:00November 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+00:00October 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+00:00August 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 [...]

8 09, 2017

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

By |2019-03-11T19:02:58+00:00September 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 |2019-03-11T19:02:58+00:00September 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 [...]

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