Archive for tag: Zoe Kazan

Film Review: ‘What If’

7 August, 2014 (06:19) | by Robert Horton, Film Reviews | By: Robert Horton

The underlying subject of many romantic comedies is chemistry, the mysterious rapport that draws people together despite whatever circumstances—being already married, having different sexual orientations—might be working against them. It’s a tough thing to simulate in movies because, well, that’s the nature of chemistry. So What If has a sizable gift in the casting of […]

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“Meek’s Cutoff”: Lost on the Trail

14 September, 2011 (11:57) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Westerns | By: Sean Axmaker

Kelly Reichert’s Meek’s Cutoff (Oscilloscope) opens without preamble. We are given a place and a year —”Oregon, 1845,” stitched into a piece of homespun embroidery—and then dropped in the high desert to observe three frontier families ford a river. They wordlessly, almost morosely, march across, then take the opportunity to fill canteens, wash and check […]

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Playing for Time, Exploding Kazan and CinevardaDVD – DVDs of the Week

7 September, 2010 (00:44) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Playing For Time (Olive Films) Television has offered epic portraits of the Holocaust, notably the excellent 1978 mini-series Holocaust. This 1980 TV movie, based on the memoir by Holocaust survivor Fania Fénelon and scripted for television by Arthur Miller, is a far more intimate drama and one of the most powerful TV events of its […]

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