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Tribeca Film Festival 2024: Elexis Ray Goodwin Details The Power of Following Your True Passions in “Smile, God Loves You”

Interview with Elexis Ray Goodwin A film festival debut for any aspiring filmmaker would bring about incredible elation but the premiere of “Smile, God Loves You” is especially heartwarming for writer/director Elexis Ray Goodwin. Coming from an extremely personal place, the short film, featured in the Unbought & Unbossed block of films, chronicles the life […]

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The Tribeca Film Festival 2024: They’re Here Bridges a Desire For Transcendence and The Extraterrestrial

Interview with Pacho Velez and Daniel Claridge The UFO and extraterrestrial being represent more than a conglomerate of fear and speculation, that usually results in an image of a circular metallic ship and a green specimen with abyss-black eyes. There is almost a universal longing to definitively confront something larger than us, occupying the very

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The Tribeca Film Festival 2024: Julia Aks and Steve Pinder Entwine Comedy and Education With “Jane Austen’s Period Drama”

Interview with Julia Aks and Steve Pinder    Truly successful comedy provokes meaningful thought and conversation from audiences, providing laughs first, but ultimately saying something more profound underneath its jovial exterior. This is a clear throughline in “Jane Austen’s Period Drama,” a short film premiering at the 2024 Tribeca Film Festival on June 7, written

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The New Screen Fest Solidifies a Film Community at The New School

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School celebrated an eclectic display of creativity and dedication earlier this month with the 2nd edition of The New Screen Fest.  Started last year, The New Screen Fest is a student-run, faculty-assisted film festival that showcases short films made by The New School students and alumni.

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Pop Culture Press Movie Review: Miller's Girl

Miller’s Girl Clashes Dedicated Performances with a Rushed, Reluctant Story

Review of Miller’s Girl  Most of us know what it’s like to be “18 and entirely unremarkable.” The solution to this predicament being an emotionally-driven attempt to seduce a teacher poisoned by mediocrity however, is probably not as familiar to many.  The student-teacher relationship has been portrayed, fetishized, and critiqued countless times and Jade Halley Bartlett’s

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Sugar, Butter, Big Screen! Waitress The Musical’s Pro-Shot Hits Theaters Just in Time for a Holiday Treat

It only takes a taste when it’s something special, or in the case of the Tony award nominated Broadway musical Waitress, it only took a listen of its original cast album for fans to be hooked and wanting to see the show up on stage.   The musical, based on the 2007 film of the

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The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: The Worst or Best Film in The YA/SCI-FI Series

Review of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes    When The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins published The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, a prequel to the 3 insanely popular Hunger Games books, fans were reignited with new material to interact with dissect. While some series are known for having an unnecessary amount

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Five Nights at Freddy’s Leaves Fans Elated but Casual Horror Viewers Disappointed

Review of Blumhouse Productions’s Five Nights at Freddy’s   Indie game developer Scott Cawthon was in a cyclical rut. He couldn’t seem to create a connection with audiences through his games which mostly took inspiration from religious allegories and Biblical stories. He decided to shift gears after scathing criticism towards his game Chipper & Sons

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Rehya Stevens Gives a Show-Stopping Voice to The Soundtrack of Secrets of a Celebrity Nanny

Review of Rehya Stevens’s songs in Secrets of a Celebrity Nanny   The new Lifetime drama Secrets of a Celebrity Nanny doesn’t only portray a riveting story about a young woman desperate to save herself from the dangerous inner circle of a glamourous superstar, the film also features an eclectic soundtrack fronted by the lively

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Exclusive From PFF: Maestro: Sonically Masterful but Narratively Faulty

Review of Maestro  Bradley Cooper’s sophomore film Maestro has generated much excitement and controversy since the announcement of its production. Produced by legendary filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg coupled with a star-studded cast, the film was anticipated to be an even more exceptional addition to Cooper’s filmography than A Star is Born.  Following the

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Philadelphia Film Fest Exclusive Review: The Holdovers is a New Must-Watch During the Holiday Season

Review of The Holdovers   Alexander Payne’s films have always been known for their biting satirical commentary and unmatched comedic timing. Now he’s bringing a handful of heart home for the holidays to mesmerize audiences with The Holderovers. Set against a Wintery New England backdrop in the 1970s, The Holdovers follows the story of a cynical

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Charles Newman On Creating The Diverse Soundtrack From Universal Pictures’s The List

We all remember those iconic scenes from a selection of films that have remained a staple of cinema. From the actor’s performance to the sharp editing and mood-determining lighting, every little intricate detail melds together to create a moment that audiences will soon label as unforgettable. Of course, there’s another key element that assures a

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The Latest MCU News

The MCU is where Marvel canon is loosely interpreted for the uninitiated Marvel movie fans. Read about all that influences the original characters as they come to the big screen, from actors to behind-scenes gossip through 2023.  2023 MCU News From the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pop Culture Press offers you a unique perspective on everything

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Production Designer Caitlin King Shares Exclusive Details of the Inner Workings of The Art Department 

A Conversation With Caitlin King From the time she was a little girl, Caitlin King wanted to immerse herself in the world of storytelling. In the midst of all the intricate roles that make up the magnificent process that is filmmaking, Caitlin found herself longing to be a part of crafting the film’s unique and

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Rehya Stevens Celebrates What Makes Us Unique With “Love Party”

Being a session singer, Rehya Stevens has mastered the art of being able to adapt vocally and creatively to whatever task she’s assigned. Her songs have been featured in an array of films, video games, and TV, including her Christmas song “Jingle Jangle” which has been used in eleven movies to date. Though emphasis has

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Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman Make Their Directorial Debut With the Nostalgic, Energetic Theater Camp 

A film as niche and personal as Theater Camp could only have been made by unabashedly eccentric theater kids themselves. It probably also didn’t hurt that the cast and crew were incredibly close knit.  Childhood best friends Molly Gordon (Booksmart), Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), and Nick Lieberman along with Platt’s fiance and Gordon’s Booksmart

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Barbie is so Much More Than A Campy Film Wrapped in a Glittery, Glamorous Package

Review of Barbie  It’s hard to pinpoint when exactly the hype for the Barbie movie began considering the multiple promising attachments the film had secured, generating massive conversation even before the first teaser trailer dropped in late 2022.  The very idea of a live-action film depicting the various intricacies and complexities of the massive toy icon

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Oppenheimer is a stunning spectacle of filmmaking but you’ll probably need a rewatch to catch everything

Review of Oppenheimer  Despite their drastic contrasting tones, two of 2023’s Summer blockbusters in particular have dominated the collective consciousness of movie fans around the globe: Barbie and Oppenhemier. Dubbing July 21, the release date of the two films “Barbenhemier” day, fans flocked to the theater to catch both films on the same day resulting in

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A24’s Past Lives Will Dazzle You With its Moving Story and Enchanting Visuals

Review of Past Lives    “[In-Yun] means providence or fate,” says Nora Moon to her future husband right before their first kiss. A canopy of string lights hanging from the tall Montauk trees surround them, encasing them in their perfect moment and yet, this isn’t the love story audiences are attracted to.  Distributed by entertainment darling

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The Flash Fails to Revive Hope for the Future of the Now Reset DCU

Review of DC Studios’s The Flash  DC Studios has seemingly always remained a step behind its rival studio Marvel, both critically and financially.  With four Marvel films in the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time and DC not even making the top 30, the studio has struggled with gaining positive reception from fans and critics

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