What to Stream While Quarantined: The Time is NOW

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With mass protests against police brutality and racial injustice underway all over the country, now is a time for self-reflection, education, and action. Miami Film Festival’s ongoing mission to connect art to audiences leads us this week to foreground stories by Black filmmakers that illuminate the real issues of today. We urge you to watch […]

‘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 […]

Miami Film Festival to Present Delayed World Premiere Screening of THEY CALL ME DR. MIAMI Online

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Miami Film Festival to Present Delayed World Premiere Screening of THEY CALL ME DR. MIAMI Online Online World Premiere Now Scheduled for April 25 to April 29 Miami Dade College’s acclaimed Miami Film Festival will present the World Online Premiere of the Canadian documentary They Call Me Dr. Miami, directed by Jean-Simon Chartier, after the Festival’s intended […]

“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 […]

‘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 […]

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.

‘Marriage Story’ Is Perfect from Start to Finish

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In his musical Company, Sondheim offered the world a musical about the highs and lows of marriage and singledom. As the cavalcade of couples featured in “The Little Things You Do Together” sing, “It’s the little ways you try together, cry together, lie together, that make perfect relationships,” so it’s only appropriate that Noah Baumbach’s […]

‘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. […]

Unmissable Festival Favorite ‘Diamantino’ Returns

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Imagine a Roger Moore-era James Bond film where the Bond girl takes the lead role. In fact, she isn’t a girl at all, but rather a vapid yet sweet, gorgeous male soccer player whose life is upended by global conspiracies and familial trauma. This is Diamantino and it has everything: undercover lesbian agents in love, characters posing […]

Happy Mother’s Day: The Time of Lola Dueñas

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One of my favorite Spanish actresses is Lola Dueñas. She may not be as famous as Penelope Cruz or Carmen Maura, but for more than 20 years she has been delighting me in both leading and supporting parts that I love to recall. You may remember her from such terrific character turns in Pedro Almodóvar […]

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 […]

BECOMING ASTRID at 35th Miami Book Fair

Miami Film Festival is partnering with Miami Book Fair at the Fair’s upcoming 35th Anniversary Edition with a screening of the film BECOMING ASTRID. In the film, young Astrid Lindgren, future author of the beloved Pippi Longstocking series, is eager to break free from the confines of her religious upbringing, so she accepts an internship […]

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 […]

‘Capernaum’ Wins Gigi Guermont Audience Award

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After four days of amazing films, Miami audiences have voted Capernaum as the winner of the Gigi Guermont Audience Award. Directed by Nadine Labaki, the film’s politically-fueled drama has a unique storyline that brings attention to the issues of children in Beirut’s slums. The film was also winner of the Jury Prize at 2018 Cannes […]

Meet Goya Award-Winning Bárbara Lennie at Gems 2018

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One of the finest actors of her generation, Spain’s Bárbara Lennie achieved international attention when she played a young filmmaker questing to capture the essence of a small town in Montxo Armendáriz’s Obaba (2005), and in the process discovered herself. That role provided a neatly microcosmic glimpse of the complex screen persona that Lennie would […]

The Case for ‘Champions’ and ‘Capernaum’

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Today is the deadline for nations to submit films to the Oscars for consideration as the Best Foreign Language Film of 2018. Last year, Chile (for the first time) won the annual global honor, and at this year’s fifth annual Miami Film Festival GEMS, you can see nine of this year’s strongest contenders. Which country […]

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