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A ‘town hall’ with a film director

Entertainment | Sitting through a press conference with director Alfonso Cuarón following his lovely film Roma
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/10/18, 05:05 pm

A New York moment: 

Last week I sat in a press conference with Alfonso Cuarón, one of my favorite directors, who discussed his new film Roma (see end of column). These film festival press conferences are always a mixed bag, sort of like a town hall meeting. There are sincere and ridiculous questions—I remember one member of the press last year asked a director what the “takeaway” from his movie was. People also stand up and make statements that are not questions as much as an attempt to impress whichever famous person is in the room.

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Shop of horrors

Movie | The excellent film Gosnell very effectively portrays the murderous Kermit Gosnell
by Megan Basham
Posted 10/09/18, 10:02 am

In a sane world, the crimes of late-term abortionist/serial killer Kermit Gosnell would receive the same Hollywood treatment as other horrifying true stories like ZodiacMonster, and In Cold Blood. It would have a large budget, a prestigious director, and A-list stars culminating in award nominations. But, of course, in a sane world the story would have received in-depth coverage from major media outlets as well.

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Rock star romance

Movie | A Star Is Born presents authentic characters yet offers no hope amid pain
by Megan Basham
Posted 10/04/18, 05:22 pm

If you could combine A Star Is Born, the remake already generating serious Oscar buzz, with Unbroken: Path to Redemption, the Christian biopic some WORLD Magazine readers and WORLD Radio listeners were unhappy with me for panning, you’d have the perfect dramatic film.

Unlike in Unbroken, nearly every moment of A Star Is Born feels real and specific. Often painfully so.

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