9 12, 2018

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

By | December 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 | 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 [...]

25 10, 2018

BECOMING ASTRID at 35th Miami Book Fair

By | October 25th, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

15 10, 2018

CAPERNAUM wins the Gigi Guermont Audience Award!

By | October 15th, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

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 [...]

8 10, 2018

Meet Goya Award-winning Bárbara Lennie at GEMS 2018

By | October 8th, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

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 [...]

1 10, 2018

The Case for Champions and Capernaum

By | October 1st, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

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 [...]

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


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


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 [...]

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