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"THE SAMARITANS" - Good? Bad? Or Pure Evil?

    First look pictures have surfaced on the new film that tells us no good deed goes unpunished. Currently filming, from the minds of Award Winning Filmmakers Keith Collins ("The Meat Puppet","Clean Cut"), Doug Bollinger ("Waltzing Anna", "Mail Order Bride"), Cory Green ("The Jersey Devil"). The chilling pictures set the tone on where this new creep show seems to be heading. You be the judg...

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Q&A with Nia Vardalos and Elena Kampouris

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By Maria Esteves – April 5, 2016 The MOMS MAMARAZZI Special Presentation of MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, directed by Kirk Jones and written by Oscar nominee Nia Vardalos was held in New York, Friday, March 18, 2016. Actress/writer Nia Vardalos (Toula) and actress Elena Kampouris (Paris, Toula's daughter) appeared for a Q&A session after the presentation moderated by co-founders Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, The Moms Sirius XM. Questions and discussions posed by The Moms...

Film Review: Miracles From Heaven

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By Maria Esteves – April 3, 2016 The mystery of faith to believe in something we cannot see or hear like the air we breathe despite our circumstances in this life is a miracle! Scientists at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland calls it ‘The God Particle (Higgs Boson).’ MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is an extraordinary and powerful true story that captures the spiritual journey of the Beam family, ordinary American Judeo Christians from Texas who discove...

The Divergent Series-Allegiant Part I, Review: Alley Giant

The Divergent Series-Allegiant Part I, Review: Alley Giant Three down, one to go. This film is the first of two cinematic parts, based on the novel Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy, by Veronica Roth, and the third instalment in The Divergent Series of films. On the score board too, the series hits divergent marks. Neil Burger barely scraped through with the Divergent debut two years ago, while German director Robert Schwentke acquitted himself well in Insurgent last year. Sc...

Batman v Superman - Dawn of Justice, Review: Bruced ego and the krypTonite show

Is there no justice in this world? Lex Luthor argues that since God takes sides, he cannot be a just hero, and likewise Superman, who is revered as God’s agent on earth. What if Superman went rogue, he postulates? So, he asks the White House to allow him to import kryptonite (rock from Kal El’s native planet, Krypton, that robs him of his superpowers) from an ancient ship wreckage in the Indian Ocean, just in case.... Senators are not impressed, possibly because instead of behavin...

Maryland International Film Festival opens with 13 hours cast attending

Bad Boys 3 Director Joe Carnahan and actor James "Badge" Dale from 13 HOURS to attend opening night!!! 13 HOURS is our opening night film. This film's Executive Producer is Scott Gardenhour, a local who grew up in Smithsburg. He will be receiving the "Nora Roberts Award" for being one of the most successful filmmakers hailing from Maryland. 13 HOURS is about an American ambassador that is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya, a s...

A new Picasso: Gültekin Bilge, Redefining Modern Art, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   A new Picasso: Gültekin Bilge, Redefining Modern Art   Gültekin Bilge By Adrienne Papp Great art can come from many unexpected sources. In the case of international artist, Gültekin Bilge, the evolution of this most extraordinary artist came from Turkish Cyprus by way of Scotland. His is the story of an artist who has overcome immense odds. During a difficult...

American Cinematheque Schedule for March, 2016, BY AP

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   American Cinematheque Schedule for March, 2016   Program for March, 2016, Posted y Adrienne Papp           Egyptian Theatre Lawrence of Arabia, Sergio Leone, Antonioni,  Some Dirty Dancing & Crispin Glover Live! ...

Triple 9, Review: 9 pins

Triple 9, Review: 9 pins If bodies count in a crime drama, the body count in Triple 9 is very high. In fact, hardly anybody is left alive in the end. So that makes it morbid. Decapitation and gore galore make it really blood-curdling. Cops and criminals mixing and mingling, while betraying and killing each other, make it confusing. High-profile robberies, blackmail, drug dealers, buddy-buddy cops, uncle-nephew, brother-brother, alcoholic cop, titillation (if the censors have let it pass), bet...

NEW HORROR / THRILLER - "THE SAMARITANS" START PRODUCTION

  KEITH COLLINS -- DOUG BOLLINGER -- TIMOTHY LAUREL HARRISON -- ANNELISE NIELSEN SIGN ON TO STAR IN NEW HORROR / THRILLER "THE SAMARITANS"   "THE SAMARITANS" WILL POSSESS YOU FULL OF VENGANCE Award-Winning Team Begins Shooting in New Jersey March 2016   "No good deed goes unpunished"   Production is announced today for the frightening new Horror / Thriller fe...

13 Hours-The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Review: Michael? No Bay!

13 Hours-The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Review: Michael? No Bay! This 144 minute film is a good 44 minutes too long for its own good. It reconfirms the golden rule that true stories are not necessarily film material, unless worked-on real hard by a team of talented individuals, more behind the camera than in front of it. That it is produced and directed by Michael Bay adds to the disappointment. How accurate it is, in terms of recent history, is a matter of debate, both in the USA and in Li...

London Has Fallen, Review: The Butler did it

London Has Fallen, Review: The Butler did it If he can save the White House, can London be far behind? To be accurate, it never really fell. Yes, London Bridge was blown up. A few hundred armed terrorists, with a few dozen combat vehicles, had gained access to the city’s communications network, donned local police uniforms, blown-up most of the historical monuments and deployed surface to air missiles locked at the escaping US President’s helicopter, and all was well, until Mike B...

The 88th Academy Awards

By Maria Esteves – March 2, 2016 The 88th Academy Awards hosted by Chris Rock commenced Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Dolby Theatre & Highland Center, Hollywood, C.A. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.), the Oscars honor outstanding film achievements of 2015. Mad Max: Fury Road was top winner with six Oscars including Best Film Editing MARGARET SIXEL and Best Production Design COLIN GIBSON. Three Oscars went to The Revenant including Best Dire...

Gods of Egypt, Review: With Gods like these…

An Australia-United States co-production, Gods of Egypt was shot in Australia, predominantly on green screens, at Fox Studios, Sydney. Most ‘Egyptian’ Gods are played by Caucasian actors and the boundaries between earth, the sky, heaven, hell, man, god, ferocious bird, plasto-metallic creatures, life and death, are all blurred. CGI, forced perspective, shooting with two cameras side-by-side, motion control, are the flavours of the day. Authenticity is conspicuous by its absence. R...

Carol, Review: Sensitised, Sanitised, Lesbianism

It happens around Christmas, so Carol is the quite the name of the season. Yes, there is snow and Christmas trees and gifts, but Carol is no innocent Santa Claus tale. Rather, it is an exquisitely woven love story, between two women. We can call them lesbians today, without looking over the shoulder, but when Patricia Highsmith wrote the novel, in Senator McCarthy’s America of the early 1950s, a time of witch-hunting, the term would surely invite wrath. Sixty-four years later, there are ...

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Review: Gory pride, bloody prejudice

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Review: Gory pride, bloody prejudice It’s not quite like anything you have seen before. Imagine going on a cruise, in a carrier that is part horse-drawn and part ship. On board, there are two sets of activities going on: a family of five sisters and their parents are trying to get the girls married by hook or by crook, and another set of creatures, called the zombies or the undead, are fe eding on human flesh, threatening to eat up all the humans who in...

How to be Single, Review: Not this way, for sure

How to be Single, Review: Not this way, for sure There is no success formula to being single, just as there is no magic prescription for being married. Time was when you were either single or married. Time is when you could be single, married, twice married, thrice married, nth time married, divorced, nth time divorced, undergoing trial separation, in a relationship, into one-night stands…. But the title of this film indicates that is about persons who are single, so let’s keep i...

Deadpool, Review: Deaddy Cool

After it was shown to the Central Board of Film Certification in Mumbai last week, I learnt that Deadpool was offered a U/A (under 16 not allowed unless accompanied by adults), if they deleted some content, otherwise the certificate would say A (for Adults Only). The distributors were happy with an A rating, so the content was left intact. But the question that arose then, as it had arisen when I learnt that it was rated R abroad, was why is a super hero comic cartoon character film being rest...

Trumbo, Review: Oh my God! A Communist wrote Roman Holiday!

Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) is a successful American screen-writer in the Hollywood of the 30s and 40s. However, his outspoken support for labour unions, and his membership of the Communist Party of the USA, draws the contempt of staunchly anti-Soviet entertainment industry figures, such as columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and actor John ‘Duke’ Wayne (David James Elliott). J. Parnell Thomas (James DuMont) heads the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Trumbo is one o...

Rivetting Spanish Movie on Real-Life Spanish teacher, in Nepal

  Arresting Movie on Real-Life Spanish Teacher in Nepal “ The film romanticized my life, which was much tougher in actuality!”   An arresting movie called "Kathmandu, A mirror in the sky", by noted Spanish Director Iciar Bollain, was made on an amazing real-life Spanish teacher in Nepal, starring talented actress Veronica Echegui, who won many awards for her performance. The film  was screened at  Bangkok recently, in the presence of the real-li...

Room, Review: Psychopathos

24-year-old Joy (Brie Larson) and her five-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) live in a squalid shed they call “Room”. They share a bed, toilet, bathtub, a rickety old television, and a rudimentary kitchen; the only window is a skylight. They are captives of a man they call ‘Old Nick’ (also an old Christian nickname for the Devil), Jack's father (Sean Bridgers), who abducted Joy seven years ago, and routinely rapes her, while Jack appears to be sleeping in the wardr...

Joy, Review: Mop to the Top

Joy, Review: Mop to the Top Is it possible to watch a film based on a true story and feel that some of the scenes are unreal, artificial or contrived? It is. Probably more so, when the writer/director takes liberties galore with the original story and tries to universalise it, adding smart anecdotes and witticisms where honest narrative might have worked better. Joy is one such example. It’s a genre-defying tale, and that’s welcome. Half-baked plot points and half-hearted characte...

The 5th Wave, Review: Earthnic cleansing

The 5th Wave, Review: Earthnic cleansing Aliens want the earth, without the baggage of humans. Obviously, 6.5 bn humans are not going to commit mass suicide, to oblige the extra-terrestrials, so the aliens decide to exterminate them. But, for reasons unclear, they are unable to do so in one attempts; several ‘waves’ are launched, some of them literal and tidal, to carry out operation decimation. Nothing new, except plot structure. And the not entirely credible premise that childre...

The 33, Review: Deep, Down, Dark, and Die-hard

The 33, Review: Deep, Down, Dark, and Die-hard A Chilean-Colombian co-production, The 33 (Los 33 in Spanish) has a Mexican director, Puerto Rican and the son of Guatemalan immigrants as two of the writers, American, British, Irish, French, Brazilian and Filipino members in the cast, and even more nationalities in the production. This is what we can call an international ensemble film, in the real sense of the world. It is an almost true reproduction of a mining disaster that trapped 33 miner...

AKIRA KUROSAWA, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   AKIRA KUROSAWA RETROSPECTIVE, By AP   ...
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