Tribeca Film Festival 2021 Review: The God Committee

Year: 2021 Runtime: 98 minutes Director: Austin Stark Writers: Austin Stark (story by), Mark St. German (based on the play by) Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Julia Stiles, Colman Domingo By Tom Moore Writer/director Austin Stark’s sophomore effort, “The God Committee”(2021), is full of strong thrills and a deep dissection of the effects of life-altering decisions. The film brings us into the room of a hospital committee of … Continue reading Tribeca Film Festival 2021 Review: The God Committee

Although uneven, The “FAST & Furious” Franchise also has fierce women

By Valerie Kalfrin Helen Mirren looks gleeful in her few moments in “F9: The Fast Saga.” “Get the e-brake for me, would you?” she says, driving a Noble M600 away from a London jewelry store with the cops hot on her tail. They want the emerald and diamond necklace she lifted moments earlier that looks oh-so-chic with her white outfit and zebra-patterned boots.  Vin Diesel, … Continue reading Although uneven, The “FAST & Furious” Franchise also has fierce women

Tribeca Film Festival 2021 Review: How It Ends

Year: 2021 Runtime: 84 minutes Director: Zoe Lister-Jones, Daryl Wein Writers: Zoe Lister-Jones, Daryl Wein Stars: Zoe Lister-Jones, Cailee Spaeny, Larmorne Morris, Logan Marshall-Green By Tom Moore Full of delightful, offbeat comedy and a variety of familiar faces, “How It Ends” is a unique journey of self-discovery and self-love on the eve of the apocalypse. “How It Ends” might be the first film I’ve seen that clearly … Continue reading Tribeca Film Festival 2021 Review: How It Ends

TRIBECA 2021 REVIEW: “7 DAYS”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 86 minutes Director: Roshan Sethi Writers: Roshan Sethi, Karan Soni Stars: Karan Soni, Geraldine Viswanathan By Peggy Marie Adding into the mix of films featuring romance during Covid, Tribeca gives us what one is to presume, a fun comedic look at dating, but not regular dating, dating from the point of view of more the traditional arranged marriage ways with “7 Days”(2021). At the start of the film, … Continue reading TRIBECA 2021 REVIEW: “7 DAYS”

Review: Luca, from an Italian American’s Point of View

Year: 2021 Runtime: 101 minutes Director: Enrico Casarosa Writers: Enrico Casarosa, Jesse Andrews, Simon Stephenson, Mike Jones, Julie Lynn (consultant), Randall Green (consultant) Actors: Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Saverio Raimondo, Maya Rudolph, Marco Barricelli, Jim Gaffigan, Sacha Baron Cohen By Joan Amenn **Spoilers: The following is a discussion of major plot points for the film, “Luca.” If you have not seen the … Continue reading Review: Luca, from an Italian American’s Point of View

TRIBECA 2021 REVIEW: “CLEAN”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 94 minutes Director: Paul Solet Writer: Adrien Brody, Paul Solet Stars: Adrien Brody, RZA, Chandler DuPont, Glenn Fleshler, Richie Merritt By Peggy Marie “Clean”(2021) from director Paul Solet, is the Tribeca Film Festival offering in the crime-action genre. It also gives us Adrien Brody as writer/lead and impressive as that is, I can’t say I’m rolling out the ‘Welcome’ mat to Brody as an action star from this one. … Continue reading TRIBECA 2021 REVIEW: “CLEAN”

TRIBECA 2021 REVIEW: “DO NOT HESITATE”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 91 minutes Director: Sharif Korver Writer: Jolein Laarman Stars: Joes Brauers, Tobias Kersloot, Spencer Bogaert, Omar Alwan By Peggy Marie The Dutch military mission in Afghanistan which had started in 2006 is coming to an end, though a redeployment task force would stay on to oversee the return of vehicles, military hardware and equipment to the Netherlands. This is the lead into … Continue reading TRIBECA 2021 REVIEW: “DO NOT HESITATE”

Tribeca Film Festival 2021 Review: False Positive

Year: 2021 Runtime: 92 minutes Director: John Lee Writers: Ilana Glazer, John Lee Actors: Ilana Glazer, Justin Theroux, Pierce Brosnan, Gretchen Mol By Tom Moore A24 has offered plenty of intriguing slow-burn horror stories, but “False Positive” is one of its most inquisitive in recent time with its thematic perspective on pregnancy and disturbing realizations. The film is meant to be a contemporary take on … Continue reading Tribeca Film Festival 2021 Review: False Positive

Tribeca Film Festival 2021 Review: No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics

Year: 2021 Runtime: 79 minutes Director: Vivien Kleiman By Joan Amenn There is something very poignant behind the generally light, amusing tone of “No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics” (2021). Beyond the funny drawings and zany situations they illustrate is real pain, as the LGBTQ+ artists tell their stories for the camera in this sometimes heartbreaking documentary by Vivien Kleiman. It is also … Continue reading Tribeca Film Festival 2021 Review: No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics