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Fighting for Family Matters

By Roger Costa DOONYBROOK Almost two decades after stealing audiences’ hearts with his breakthrough performance in the Oscar-nominated drama “Billy Elliot”, 32-year-old actor Jamie Bell finds acting perfection here, giving

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Haunted by a Restless Ghost & a Serial Killer

By Roger Costa TO DUST Following up his breakthrough performance in the Oscar-winning film “Son of Saul”, Hungarian actor Géza Röhrig makes his English-speaking feature debut in this charming, wisely

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Communion Strength at Film Comment Selects 2019

By Roger Costa LOS SILENCIOS A simple quest for a child’s school uniform becomes a turbulent reflection for the struggle, poverty and negligence of a tribal community living under edgy

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Hiding out while Resisting Nazism, and Other Flicks

By Roger Costa THE INVISIBLES Set in 1943 Berlin, director Claus Räfle’s debut follows the risky adventures of four people who managed to skip deportation and camp incarceration, hiding under

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Surviving Disorder, Hormones and War

By Roger Costa THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS Just like any other kid of his age, 10-year-old Oleg is experiencing the transition between childhood and teenhood with diverse effects. There’s

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Human Conditions at the 2019 New York Jewish Film Festival

By Roger Costa ECHO A complex and modern look at a troubled couple, directors Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir’s sophomore project is a haunting marital crisis examination. In an absorbing,

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Decisive Encounters while Riding the Holy City

By Roger Costa A TRAMWAY IN JERUSALEM A woman sings a saddened song aboard a tramway crossing the Holy City through the night. A police officer confronts a few people

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The Best Movies of 2018

By Roger Costa It was a fantastic year for film in general and after seeing 375 new releases, here are my favorites. 1- THE RIDER As a young American cowboy

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One Final job, before finding Redemption

By Roger Costa THE MULE For the past decades, Clint Eastwood had conceived precious examples of American way of living, marking his political, social and moral perspectives throughout fresh, familiar,

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When One Life Is at Risk, Everyone Is Affected

By Roger Costa BEN IS BACK As soon as her troubled young son arrives back home from rehab, an anxious mother collects everything valuable and hides them away. Witnessing her

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Unwanted Love, Abandoned Kids and Dark Socialism

By Roger Costa THE GREAT PRETENDER Following his intriguing tragicomedy “Thirsty Street”, Award-winning director Nathan Silver returns with a lovable, insightful and funny romance shot over the effervescent heat of

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Complex Refugee, Online Revolution & Rolling Freedom

By Roger Costa THE CHARMER Iranian director Milad Alami’s sophomore feature is an intense dramatically-charged sexy thriller that subtly addresses the refugee issue with brilliant insights. Ardalan Esmaili gives a

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Facing Social Rebellion and the Risks of Tech

By Roger Costa BECOMING ASTRID In these times of women’s liberation, Danish Director Pernille Fischer Christensen’s biopic on Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren feels utterly relevant and timely. Sensitive and provocative

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Looking for a Place to Call Home

By Roger Costa WHO WILL SAVE THE ROSES? A couple of gay Seniors is the focus of this charming Italian melodrama, highly supported by the incredibly touching performances. The pair

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A Modern Age In Need of Healing and Direction

By Roger Costa Showcasing the best in documentaries from around the globe, DOC NYC 2018 will present important revelations about our days, society, politics, behavior and other issues, making it

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