TV Review: Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia ★★★1/2

At the core of this three-part documentary series, Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia, are previously unheard FBI surveillance recordings and enlightening, often riveting interviews with the operatives who planted the bugs in homes, cars and restaurants and monitored the audio for incriminating evidence. There are some lavish, high production value visuals, including sweeping... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Body Cam ★★1/2

The real life horror of young African American men being killed without any justice is given a supernatural twist in director Malik Vitthal’s effective if uneven cop thriller. Oscar-nominee Mary J. Blige stars as dedicated LA patrol officer Renee Lomito-Smith. Still grieving for the death of son, we join Renee on her first day back... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Cowboys ★★★★

Due to world premiere at last month’s Tribeca, Anna Kerrigan’s contemporary western Cowboys went on to win two jury awards in the festival's U.S. narrative competition, with Steve Zahn taking best actor and Kerrigan winning for her screenplay. As the film opens we take in some breathtaking vistas of rural Montana, beautifully captured by cinematographer John... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Fairytale/Favola ★★★1/2

If you’re looking for a queer film that’ll totally take your mind off the modern world, we may have found the perfect one: Sebastiano Mauri’s Fairytale (Favola). This Italian surreal comedy, starring Filippo Timi based on his stage play, throws you into a skewed vision of 1950s America as Mrs Fairytale plays the perfect (and... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Crisis Hotline ★★1/2

Director Mark Schwab's LGBTQ thriller Crisis Hotline (now streaming on Amazon Prime) tells the story of Simon (Corey Jackson), a man new to his job at the titular location. He expected to be talking people through the worst times of their lives, but after a week on the phones, he's bored because for the most... Continue Reading →

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