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“Sarang” is the Korean word for “love.”  It is also the name of the 3-month-old baby who died from malnutrition in 2010 while her parents were out on a 10 hour online gaming binge.  The couple, a Mr. and Ms. Kim, spent 6-12 hours every day playing the online game Prius which, ironically, involves raising a virtual child named Anima.  Unfortunately, Anima took precedent over Sarang, their real-world baby.  “The ... Read More
  Jim Henson’s film Labyrinth has been my favorite movie since I was seven. For 14 years I’ve been an adamant fan of the dark children’s movie staring a young Jennifer Connelly and a not-quite-so-young David Bowie. I was entranced by the playful but undeniably sinister nature of the film and still to this day watch it at least once a week.   However, I also think that exposing me to this movie at a young and primitive age ... Read More
Opens today in theaters! The elevator pitch for Obvious Child is startlingly simple: Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), a 20-something comedian nursing a broken heart, has a drunken one-night stand with a stranger, gets knocked up, and has an abortion. The end. But the experience of watching the film is much more than the sum of its parts. Carrying the distinction of being one of the first ever pro-choice comedies, Obvious Child—which was a Sundance favorite—is also ... Read More
Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is a shaggy-haired, chain-smoking, alcoholic divorced dad with a broken dream of running his own record label. Gretta (Keira Knightley) is a down-on-her-luck young New York émigré with a song in her heart and a battered past of her own. Begin Again is less about the new beginning these two lonely city dwellers find, and more about coming to terms with previous endings. Light on plot and heavy on stubbly Mark Ruffalo grins, Begin ... Read More
I Am Divine (directed by Jeffrey Schwarz) documents the true larger-than-life story of Divine, the three-hundred-pound drag trailblazer and star of many well-known John Waters films, such as Hairspray and Female Trouble. A fashion godsend and pre-punk muse, Divine bent gender and social norms to play some of the most inspirational queer roles of all time. The documentary features insightful personal interviews ... Read More
On My Way - the new film featuring Catherine Deneuve - tells the story of an older woman struggling to keep her life together as she juggles a restaurant, a nagging elderly mother, and a mostly tumultuous relationship with a moody daughter. Under the pressure of keeping it all together, she snaps, and embarks on an unanticipated road trip that turns her life upside down. As she journeys down this new and unexpected road of life, she meets many zany strangers, ... Read More
The movie industry is no stranger to baby mama drama--from the creatively titled Baby Mama starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, to Teen Mom on MTV, there are countless tales of white folks struggling through unconventional parenthood.On My Own is a desperately needed breath of fresh air among otherwise painfully white-washed portrayals. The documentary tracks the lives of single African-American mothers, some of whom are raising as many as eight children on ... Read More
Tris (Shailene Woodley) is forced to come of age in a dystopia where individuals are placed into factions based on which of five virtues they value most highly. But when the time comes for Tris to take her own place in society, she turns out to be Divergent, valuing more than one virtue. She tries to switch out of her family's humble Abnegation Faction to Dauntless Faction, who value bravery, to fake out a government that punishes non-conformity. Unfortunately for ... Read More
Okay, so I'm guessing that if you have a TV or any access to the Internet, then you've probably heard about Elaine Stritch. Recently, the 89-year-old actress/genius visited the Today Show and uttered the word "fuck" on live television. As you can imagine, the clip went viral.Whoddathunk that when you bring one of the funniest women in the entertainment business onto a live TV program, she's going to speak her mind? (Or in this case, just do ... Read More
Jennifer Siebel Newsom made a name for herself with the mind-blowing 2011 documentary Miss Representation (which highlighted the mainstream media’s under-representations of powerful women), and now she and the team behind The Representation Project are back with a new gender-focused doc: The Mask You Live In. The film explores the ways in which society’s construction of masculinity is damaging to young men, and asks the question, “As a ... Read More
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