Review: THE TOMORROW MAN Is A Well-Acted Young-At-Heart Romance

(From L to R) Blythe Danner as “Ronnie” and John Lithgow as “Ed” in director Noble Jones’ THE TOMORROW MAN a Bleecker Street release. Credit: Courtesy of Bleecker Street.

The Tomorrow Man is a new romantic drama that serves as the feature debut of writer-director Noble Jones. The film stars John Lithgow as a doomsday prepper and Blythe Danner as a hoarder who come together in an attempt to find love. It debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and played at the 2019… Continue reading Review: THE TOMORROW MAN Is A Well-Acted Young-At-Heart Romance

Review: TEEN SPIRIT Is A Visually Striking Underdog Story

Elle Fanning stars in Max Minghella’s TEEN SPIRIT. Photo courtesy of LD Entertainment & Bleecker Street.

Teen Spirit is the directorial debut of Max Minghella (actor in The Handmaid’s Tale and The Social Network). The film follows a teenage girl who, dreaming of escaping her small-town life and pursuing her dreams, signs up for a televised singing competition that tests her body and spirit. It debuted at the 2018 Toronto International… Continue reading Review: TEEN SPIRIT Is A Visually Striking Underdog Story

GIFF 2019 – Review: FAMILY Is A Mostly Average And Mildly Funny Comedy

Family is a new comedy film written and directed by Laura Steinel and starring Taylor Schilling. The movie follows a serious work-minded businesswoman whose life is turned upside down when she has to babysit her introverted outcast niece for a week. It debuted at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and played at the 2019 Gasparilla… Continue reading GIFF 2019 – Review: FAMILY Is A Mostly Average And Mildly Funny Comedy

GIFF 2019 – Review: GUEST ARTIST Is A Poetic Movie About Theatre

Guest Artist is a new drama film written by and starring Jeff Daniels and directed by Timothy Busfield. The film tells the story of an aspiring playwright who is sent to pick up his hero in a train station, an alcoholic has-been that has been commissioned to write a new play for a small town… Continue reading GIFF 2019 – Review: GUEST ARTIST Is A Poetic Movie About Theatre

GIFF 2019 – Review: WALKING ON WATER Isn’t A Divine Experience

Walking on Water is a new documentary film directed by Andrey Paounov about famous environmental artist Christo. The movie tells the story of Christo’s journey to realize a lost passion project of his and his wife’s: “The Floating Piers”. It has played at festivals including the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2019 Gasparilla… Continue reading GIFF 2019 – Review: WALKING ON WATER Isn’t A Divine Experience

GIFF 2019 – Review: LIFE AND NOTHING MORE Is A Boring Slice-Of-Life Film

Life and Nothing More is a new drama film written and directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza. The movie follows a young black man as he faces both societal and familial pressure because of his absent father and his unsatisfied mother who wants more in her life than work and motherhood. It debuted at the 2017… Continue reading GIFF 2019 – Review: LIFE AND NOTHING MORE Is A Boring Slice-Of-Life Film

GIFF 2019 – Review: ONE CUT OF THE DEAD Is An Impressive And Ambitious Zombie Film

One Cut of the Dead is a new Japanese zombie movie written and directed by Shinichiro Ueda. It follows a film crew that is shooting a low-budget zombie movie in an abandoned warehouse when real zombies begin to attack them. The film was a box office hit in Japan and played at the 2019 Gasparilla… Continue reading GIFF 2019 – Review: ONE CUT OF THE DEAD Is An Impressive And Ambitious Zombie Film

GIFF 2019 – Review: TOMORROW Is An Unusual And Genre-Bending Ensemble Film

Tomorrow is a new British ensemble drama film directed by Martha Pinson. The movie tells the interconnected stories of a veteran with PTSD, a man who lives every day like it’s his last, an ambitious business school student, and a struggling artist. It played at the 2019 Gasparilla International Film Festival. The most frustrating part… Continue reading GIFF 2019 – Review: TOMORROW Is An Unusual And Genre-Bending Ensemble Film

GIFF 2019 – Review: WRESTLE Is A Touching And Meaningful Doc About More Than Sports

Wrestle is a new sports documentary directed by Suzannah Herbert. Described as a Hoop Dreams for wrestling, the film tells the story of four high school wrestlers at a failing school in Alabama as they aim to compete and win at the State Championships and deal with their complex personal lives. It played at the… Continue reading GIFF 2019 – Review: WRESTLE Is A Touching And Meaningful Doc About More Than Sports

GIFF 2019 – Review: AMAZING GRACE Offers A Great Concert But Little Else

Amazing Grace is a new concert film directed by Alan Elliot and Sydney Pollack. The film uses lost footage shot by Pollack of Aretha Franklin performing the eponymous famous live album in Los Angeles in 1972. It played at festivals including the 2018 AFI Fest, the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, and the 2019 Gasparilla International… Continue reading GIFF 2019 – Review: AMAZING GRACE Offers A Great Concert But Little Else

GIFF 2019 – Review: LITTLE WOODS Is A Somewhat Boring Neo-Western

Little Woods is a new drama film directed by Nia DeCosta and starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James. The movie tells the story of an ex-con nearing the end of her parole for smuggling Canadian drugs across the border that is forced back into the drug trade to help her sister out of a bind.… Continue reading GIFF 2019 – Review: LITTLE WOODS Is A Somewhat Boring Neo-Western

GIFF 2019 – Review: YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY Is A Charming Comedy

You Can Choose Your Family is the directorial debut of producer-turned-director Miranda Bailey (Swiss Army Man, Don’t Think Twice). It stars Jim Gaffigan as a father whose life is upended when his son discovers that he has been hiding the fact that he has another family with a different woman. The film debuted at the… Continue reading GIFF 2019 – Review: YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY Is A Charming Comedy

GIFF 2019 – Review: FREAKS Is An Intriguing Indie Superhero Horror Film

Freaks is a new sci-fi thriller written and directed by Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein. The film tells the story of a young girl who, sheltered from the hostile outside world by her father, ventures out to discover that she has a special and dangerous gift. It debuted at the 2018 Toronto International Film… Continue reading GIFF 2019 – Review: FREAKS Is An Intriguing Indie Superhero Horror Film

GIFF 2019 – Review: THE BRINK Is A Fascinating Documentary About An Ousted Political Figure

Steve Bannon in THE BRINK, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

The Brink is a new fly-on-the-wall documentary film about Steve Bannon directed by Alison Klayman. The movie follows the former White House chief strategist’s worldwide journey to spread extreme nationalism. It debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and played at the 2019 Gasparilla International Film Festival. A significant part of what makes the film… Continue reading GIFF 2019 – Review: THE BRINK Is A Fascinating Documentary About An Ousted Political Figure

GIFF 2019 – Review: THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT Moves Along At A Rapid Pace

The Hummingbird Project is a new drama-thriller film written and directed by Kim Nguyen and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, and Salma Hayek. The movie tells the story of a pair of high-frequency traders who set out to create a communication system that will allow them to be a millisecond faster than their competition and… Continue reading GIFF 2019 – Review: THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT Moves Along At A Rapid Pace

GIFF 2019: Program Announcement Includes Films Like THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT and TEEN SPIRIT

On February 26, the Gasparilla International Film Festival announced their program of films that will be shown during the festival, which runs from March 19-24 in Tampa, FL. The program includes many exciting prospects, from favorites of the festival circuit to brand new films making their premiere. The Opening Night Film is The Hummingbird Project,… Continue reading GIFF 2019: Program Announcement Includes Films Like THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT and TEEN SPIRIT