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Heartaches, Forbidden Desire & Driving America

By Roger Costa GENESIS After being asked by her boyfriend to allow themselves into an open-relationship status, Charlotte walks away to cry her disappointment out. In an attempt to consummate

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Scary Movies XII at Film at Lincoln Center

By Roger Costa Here are some not-to-be-missed horror flicks at the 2019 Scary Movies Festival at Film at Lincoln Center, running August 16-21. BLOODLINE Provocative, extremely gore and surprisingly original,

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Times of Racial Conflicts & Social Abandonment

By Roger Costa WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE? Award-winning documentarian Roberto Minervini returns with this shocking, raw and inclusive take on the contemporary (and very violent)

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The Art of Manipulation & Adolescence in Conflict

By Roger Costa TEL AVIV ON FIRE Extremely irreverent and brilliantly cynical, Palestinian director Sameh Zoabi’s romcom is a delightful and smart look at the never-ending conflicts among Jews and

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A Feminine Perspective On the Horrors of War

By Roger Costa FOR SAMA Looking around the devastation and hopelessness around her, a young journalist apologizes to her baby daughter for bringing her into this chaotic world. Directed by

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A Country’s Personal Journey into a Tragic Past

By Roger Costa I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS During the rehearsals of a theater production narrating the Odessa tragedy, where thousands of Jews

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Memories, Millennials, Refugees and True Crime

By Roger Costa LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Visually arresting and poetically contagious, Gan Bi’s sophomore feature is one of this year’s most celebrated films. Its dazzling aesthetic, colors, and

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More Essential Cinema at New York Asian Film Festival 2019

By Roger Costa FURIE In his seventh feature, Vietnamese director Le-Van Kiet conceives his most accomplished film yet, an exciting, well-done action thriller filled with sensational chases and martial arts

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Must-See Flicks at New York Asian Film Festival 2019

The New York Asian Film Festival continues its 2019 edition at Film at Lincoln Center, showcasing essential new cinema from both established and emerging filmmakers. Running thru July 14, here

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Modern Faith, Lone Maid, Comradeship & Jealousy

By Roger Costa THE OTHER STORY An emergency call brings an estranged father back home in Jerusalem, as an entire family gathers forces to sabotage the premature wedding of a

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Collecting Memories for Life at BAM CinemaFest 2019

By Roger Costa DE LO MIO From the rooftop of their late grandmother’s home in Santiago, Dominican Republic, two sisters contemplate the surroundings, as a first step for a bitter

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Crisis among Fathers and Sons & Husbands and Wives

By Roger Costa ACCEPT THE CALL A striking and revelatory documentary following a Somali immigrant trying to figure out whatever happened to the exemplar education given to his son, director

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Family Bond at Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2019

By Roger Costa THE VICE OF HOPE Director Edoardo De Angelis’ latest project is an audacious look at sex trafficking and human abuse set in a remote oceanside community infested

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Capturing this Generation’s Behavior and Aspirations

By Roger Costa Open Roads: New Italian Cinema kicks off the 2019 edition at Film at Lincoln Center with a selection of award-winning films capturing this generation’s behavior, aspirations and

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A Writer’s Journey for Understanding and Forgiveness

By Roger Costa MOUTHPIECE The camera follows Cassandra, a young female writer seeking emotional stability, as she gets back home after a party. Her strong, complex, ambiguous personality is expressed

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