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Under the banner of their specialty divisions, major studios are now able to have their cake and eat it too by making films that also satisfy the bottom line. Not too big, not too small, but just the right…midsize.
Moderator: Charles Taylor
Panelist(s): Tom Bernard (Sony Pictures Classics), Bob Berney (Newmarket Films), Keri Putnam (HBO Films), Ruth Vitale (Paramount Classics) | Read More
Today's Hollywood blockbusters are geared more toward a global audience. That means fewer scripts that represent who Americans really are and more green ogres and action heroes. Is the classic American export, the classic American movie a thing of the past?
Moderator: Lynn Hirschberg (New York Times)
Panelists: Tom Shone (How Hollywood to Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer.) | Read More
Freedom in South Africa after 1994 means the freedom for Tumelo and Dominique, two female hip-hop DJs, to express themselves in ways that genuinely baffle their parents. Communication breakdowns between parents and children, young and old, strikingly represent the clash between attaining personal freedom and satisfying family obligations. Screens with Nabantwa Bam. | Read More
A recently widowed woman (Anne Reid) becomes involved with a much younger man, who had been dating her daughter, in this superbly acted drama from the director of Notting Hill. Alwin Kuchler's exquisite photography ably abets a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, The Buddha of Suburbia) that intelligently probes its central character's predicament without descending into sensationalism. | Read More
Brazilian Nelson Freire is one of the best-kept secrets in the world of piano -- his mastery rivals Rachmaninov, Cortot, Hofmann, Rubinstein, and Gould. This marvelous documentary by Joao Moreira Salles, brother of renowned filmmaker Walter Salles, is a lovely portrait of a supremely talented but unusually private and humble man. | Read More
In the tradition of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the action comedy New York Minute follows one monumental day in the lives of Jane and Roxanne Ryan (Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen), sister adversaries who begrudgingly journey together from their Long Island home to New York City. Pursued by an overzealous truant officer (Eugene Levy) and accused of kidnapping a Senator's dog, the Ryans must work together to thwart the forces threatening to jeopardize Jane's college dreams and ship Roxy off to a convent school.
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