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The Best Movies of 2020 (So Far)

By Roger Costa As the world remains on quarantine, theaters closed, and film releases being postponed, the only option remaining is looking up via streaming. As of now, the first

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A virus changing the course of Humankind

By Roger Costa ONLY Nature and cinema have always inspired or predicted each other in many ways. Ironically, sadly and scarily, writer-director Takashi Doscher’s “futuristic sci-fi” is an accurate and

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Inventive Stories at First Look Festival 2020

By Roger Costa BIRD TALK Euphoric and anarchist, director Xawery Żuławski’s adaptation of his late father’s last screenplay is a furiously enigmatic overview on a chaotic society of the near

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Must-See Films at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2020

By Roger Costa SOUTH TERMINAL An electrifying account of our troubled times, though set in the 90’s, director Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche’s ultra violent political thriller centers on the actions of a

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Speeding Up with Family Businesses

By Roger Costa SORRY WE MISSED YOU A father arrives home, exhausted, drained after a 16-hour shift work, humiliated by his boss, pressured by his competitors, and smitten by unjust

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Running Away from Reality, Cold War & Religious Tradition

By Roger Costa GOLDIE Living in a community shelter in the Bronx with her mother and two little sisters, teenager Goldie is running against time to gather everything she needs

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Expecting Better Days through New Latin Cinema

By Roger Costa AGAIN ONCE AGAIN Argentinian actress and author Romina Paula’s debut feature is a delicate, touching and humanistic look at the cycle of life, its ups and downs,

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Claiming Dignity through New Female Brazilian Cinema

By Roger Costa BLOCK An immersive experience depicting the financial and emotional troubles affecting Brazilian truck drivers, first-time Directors Victória Álvares and Quentin Delaroche’s documentary is a historical work that

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Surrendering Power, Love Affair and Political Sacrifice

By Roger Costa THE TRAITOR A sensational mobster epic spanning decades in the life of Tommaso Buscetta, one of Cosa Nostra’s Mafia organization most prolific associates, Marco Bellocchio’s stunning drama

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Forming a Special, Bizarre and Unique Feminine bond

By Roger Costa ZOMBI CHILD After his exquisite “Nocturama”, Bertrand Bonello returns with another raw, inclusive and accurate take on Millennials’ perspectives and behavior. Blending mysticism, social commentary, environmental issues,

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Music and Redemption at New York Jewish Film Festival 2020

By Roger Costa GOD OF THE PIANO A strong personification of a woman’s empowerment, Anat is determined to achieve her goals at any cost. She had been on a long

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Emerging Forces at New York Jewish Film Festival 2020

By Roger Costa LEONA An impressive, timely directorial debut, Isaac Cherem’s modern romance channels this generation’s emotional conflicts as they seek acceptance and meaning among family and society. Set in

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The Best Movies of 2019

By Roger Costa “Let us Dance to show God we are Grateful for being alive.” After watching 374 new films in 2019, here are my personal Top 10, essential picks,

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A Boy’s Innocence Brutally Taken Away

By Roger Costa THE PAINTED BIRD Life will not be easy for a Jewish boy during the Nazi invasion in Czech Republic, as he journeys through villages, tragically crossing paths

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Fighting for the Right to Be a Woman

By Roger Costa INVISIBLE LIFE In the opening scene, Gilda and Euridice, two inseparable sisters enjoying a summer afternoon in Rio, are separated as their individual impulses move them in

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