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Filtering Human Justice, Innocence, Heartache and Creativity

By Roger Costa THE INSULT Already on the shortlist up for the Foreign Film Oscar, accomplished Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri’s powerful courtroom drama has the ability to stir up controversy

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Reinventing the Art of Storytelling through Innovations

By Roger Costa Presented by the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, First Look Festival, an innovative platform showcasing new talents from around the globe, will screen Premiere

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Movie Review: Three fierce outsiders share a flat in the forbidden land

By Roger Costa In this refreshingly offbeat romantic comedy directed by newcomer Maysaloun Hamoud, three very different fierce Palestinian young women share an apartment in contemporary Tel Aviv, raising topics

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The Best Movies of 2017

By Roger Costa It was the year of social, political, economical and moral transformations, as well as the time when many people fought for their simple rights to be human,

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Movies Reviews: The Pleasures of being a vulnerable, ambiguous male

By Roger Costa CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Accomplished filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, composer of modern masterpieces such as “I Am Love” and “A Bigger Splash” comes out of the indie

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Movies Reviews: Disturbances of war and dreams of love in Coney Island

By Roger Costa FOXTROT A man, whose son has been sent to the war zone, knows exactly what to expect when he opens the door to a couple of military

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Movies Reviews: The Rules to Qualify for Love

By Roger Costa LOVELESS “Even the filthiest home beats the streets; no child wants to live there, they always come back”, a detective advises the mother of a runaway boy

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Movies Reviews: Giving the world a little hand, a kitsch future and a revolutionary dancer

By Roger Costa THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE A truck is unloading at a seaport somewhere in Finland also delivering a Syrian refugee fleeing the horrors of war; Loads of

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Movies Reviews: A star-packed season of Award Contender Flicks

By Roger Costa ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. Following up his acclaimed debut “Nightcrawler”, Oscar nominee writer-director Dan Gilroy’s new project brings Denzel Washington in another phenomenal performance, this time around,

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Movies Reviews: Men and the Uncontrollable forces burning inside

By Roger Costa PORTO Love is an unknown, uncontrollable force that burns inside, leading to impulse, risks and vulnerability. In some cases, it could be destructive, deceitful or simply pure

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Movies Reviews: Three shapes of modern Revolutions

By Roger Costa MAYHEM One of the most subversive and violent films of the season, director Joe Lynch’s latest has a lot to say about capitalism, greed and ambition through

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Movie Review: Secrets from the past may interrupt a community’s celebration

By Roger Costa 1945 A train arrives at a small town’s station, as the city’s clerk prepares for one more day of activities among the community and at his pharmaceutical

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Movies Reviews: Clashing with the Transformations in Life and Society

By Roger Costa THE SQUARE As a crowd walk off a train, careless, distracted and hypnotized on their mobile phones, a girl tries to handle them flyers asking if anyone’d

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Movies Reviews: Quest for protection, Going Backstage and Traumas of Human Trafficking

By Roger Costa WONDERSTRUCK Considering the great talent and prestigious career of one of America’s best contemporary filmmakers, Todd Haynes, this is a catastrophic experience. But not completely. Undoubtedly, the

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Movies Reviews: The iconic leather man and a love triangle during Holocaust

By Roger Costa TOM OF FINLAND Finland’s 2018 Oscar submission is a comprehensive and expansive biopic on the iconic and controversial Finnish artist, the creator of the “leather” gay man

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