‘Military Wives’ is a feel-good dramedy about music and friendship

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In the time of coronavirus and social distancing, we could all use a little pick-me-up. Military Wives, directed by The Full Monty’s Peter Cattaneo, is a film that’ll do just that. Charming and emotional, it’s a movie that just hits the spot. All you need to do is let it wrap you up in its […]

What to Stream While Quarantined: Part 6

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As we all try to navigate the quickly-changing film landscape in the time of coronavirus, we’re committed to continuing our mission of connecting art with audiences, and bringing you world-class cinema to watch on a daily basis. With 37 wonderful editions of Miami Film Festival behind us, we’ve assembled a list of some of our […]

What to Stream While Quarantined: Part 5

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As we all try to navigate the quickly-changing film landscape in the time of coronavirus, we’re committed to continuing our mission of connecting art with audiences, and bringing you world-class cinema to watch on a daily basis. With 37 wonderful editions of Miami Film Festival behind us, we’ve assembled a list of some of our […]

What to Stream While Quarantined: Part 3

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As we all try to navigate the quickly-changing film landscape in the time of coronavirus, we’re committed to continuing our mission of connecting art with audiences, and bringing you world-class cinema to watch on a daily basis. With 37 wonderful editions of Miami Film Festival behind us, we’ve assembled a list of some of our […]

“You Are The Boss”: ‘Alice’ is a thought-provoking look into the world of high-end escorts

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Alice is now playing at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami Virtual Theater. Watch on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. For tickets, click here. The prostitution genre has long held a certain allure for filmmakers. Belle de Jour (1967), The Girlfriend Experience (2009), and Young & Beautiful (Miami Film Festival 2013) all deal with beautiful women […]

What to Stream While Quarantined: Part 2

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As we all try to navigate the quickly-changing film landscape in the time of coronavirus, we’re committed to continuing our mission of connecting art with audiences, and bringing you world-class cinema to watch on a daily basis. With 37 wonderful editions of Miami Film Festival behind us, we’ve assembled a list of some of our […]

‘Saint Frances’ is an honest look at the clumsy road to womanhood

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From the very beginning of Saint Frances, it’s clear we’re in for something special. Inclusive, blunt and unapologetically feminist, this is a film that explores millennial milieu in all its chaotic glory. And if it has one thing to say, it’s this: let’s stop trying to avoid talking about what life is really like. Period […]

What to Stream While Quarantined: Miami Film Festival Edition

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As we all try to navigate the quickly-changing film landscape in the time of coronavirus, we’re committed to continuing our mission of connecting art with audiences, and bringing you world-class cinema to watch on a daily basis. With 37 wonderful editions of Miami Film Festival behind us, we’ve assembled a list of some of our […]

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Is a Passionate Romance That Embraces the Female Gaze

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In “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” a single look holds so much power and intensity that it might as well be an explosion. A film about looking – and being seen — this achingly romantic drama is such a constant burst of fireworks that it feels like the 4th of July. Set on an […]

All About Opening: Charles Willeford & ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’

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The lineup for the 2020 Miami Film Festival has been revealed, and with it comes a sexy kick off that sets the perfect tone for our 37th edition. On March 6th, the historic Olympia Theater will steam up with The Burnt Orange Heresy, starring Donald Sutherland, Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, and Mick Jagger. Having had […]

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

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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 an instant; it’s about the reverberating nature of familial pain, and how despite all the bad in the world, love will always be the ultimate healing force.

This is the type of film where it’s best to go in with just a faint mental sketch of the plot. Don’t dig for information beforehand; just go to the theater and let the story wash over you. With what is quite possibly the best ensemble cast of the year, just trust that you’re in good hands.

‘Midsommar’ Throws Us Into a Horrific Pagan Paradise

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Call it cynicism, but we humans tend to get suspicious anytime anything is too cheerful. I’d imagine it’s one of the reasons clowns and dolls have long been horror fixtures; the smiles are just too broad, the eyes just too wide. It’s joy on crack, and our natural inclination is to back away from it. […]

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

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  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, […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

‘UNDER THE TREE’: CASTING A CLOUD OVER COMEDY

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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 […]

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