Posts Tagged ‘film’

Ad of the Day: This Harrowing Anti-Abuse PSA Might Be the Most Powerful This Year

June 8, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Bursts of sudden, searing violence scattered among scenes of sunny but slightly askew domesticity help make "Do You See Her," a harrowing two-minute film for U.K. charity Women's Aid, one of the most memorable PSAs so far this year. "I wanted to try and show how someone suffering abuse could appear totally normal and happy in front of those closest to them," RSA Films director Paul Andrew Williams tells Adweek. "We all have the possibility of being very close to this problem without even knowing." Williams focuses on a sadly overlooked target of domestic abuse, establishing a cozy but mildly "off" atmosphere—note the vibe during the family meal—that explodes about 40 seconds into the narrative. Watch "Do You See Her" before reading further: "Older women are often invisible in many spheres of life, and it can be all too easy to not see what is really going on," says actress Tessa Peake-Jones, who portrays the grandmother.

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Film Review: ‘Honeyglue’

June 5, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

For a film about throwing caution to the wind and bucking conventions, “Honeyglue” diligently adheres to clichés.

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Film Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’

June 2, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The heroes in a half shell return for more halfhearted fun.

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Cannes Festival Review: ‘Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy’

May 30, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Director Haroun is careful not to present too many voices recounting the nightmare of torture, thereby ensuring the stories avoid becoming a numbing litany.

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Film Review: ‘Women Who Run Hollywood’

May 29, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Despite evident good intentions, and some excellent interviewees, this is a frustrating effort in many ways, not least of which is its slightly misleading title, which suggests a more contemporary than historical slant.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Wolf And Sheep’

May 21, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The action is set in an Afghan village that 26-year-old, tyro director-writer Shahrbanoo Sadat, Afghanistan’s first-ever distaff feature helmer, was forced to re-create in the dusty mountains of neighboring Tajikistan because of security concerns for her mostly foreign crew -- and the tale’s naked, green, female fairy.

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Film Review: ‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’

May 20, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Veteran documentarian Brendan J. Bryne’s feature does an excellent job contextualizing this famous chapter for viewers not already steeped in modern Irish history.

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Cannes Film Review: Harmonium

May 15, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

"Harmonium" is a quietly combustible tale of punishment and crime set in motion when a family lets a mysterious man move in with them.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Cinema Travelers’

May 15, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

If the cinema is magic, then the nomadic projectionists and technicians of “The Cinema Travelers” are its Oz-like wizards.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Raw’

May 15, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

"Raw" is a deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel that hangs together with a breezily confident sense of superior craft.

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