Category | Danny Peary on Film

Emma Roberts Enters the “Adult World”

Posted on 12 February 2014

Perhaps it was because so few comedies were screened at last April’s Tribeca Film Festival that I was so charmed by writer-director Scott Coffey’s Adult World, a sweet-spirited little oddity featuring an engaging all-out lead performance by Emma Roberts.

Zoe and Jenée on “The Pretty One”

Posted on 06 February 2014

The Pretty One opens theatrically this Friday, and it’s always worth noting when a new Zoe Kazan film is released. I’d say no actress gives more feeling when playing underdogs than the immensely talented Indie star, which is why we always fall in love with her characters.

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Russell Brown on His New Film with Cybill Shepherd

Posted on 31 January 2014

I am pleased that Russell’s Brown’s new indie, Annie and the Gypsy, is now available on DVD, iTunes, and VOD on most satellite and cable systems across the country. The talented writer-director makes character-and-dialogue driven films that are witty and perceptive but are so quirky and personal—one might say “noncommercial”–that he has probably sabotaged his own best efforts to find a mass audience, so I hope his third feature gets him some deserved exposure.

Flip, Flop and Fly to “Run & Jump”

Posted on 23 January 2014

by Danny Peary Run & Jump fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  I was rooting for this splendid German-Irish co-production to be voted Best Narrative Feature at 2013’s Tribeca Film Festival.  It took a while but I’m delighted that this Friday it will be released theatrically, as well as debut on [...]

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Beware of Big Bad Wolves

Posted on 15 January 2014

Beware that this Friday, Big Bad Wolves opens in New York theaters and also can be seen on VOD and iTunes. I saw Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s first film, Rabies, on a whim at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and afterward I tried to coax everyone into seeing it. I’m not sure if they wrongly believed it was about rabid dogs–rather than vociferous and dangerous human hunters and prey–and weren’t intrigued that it was being hailed as “the first Israeli horror film,” but no one seemed interested. So I was a bit surprised that the writer-directors’ second film, Big Bad Wolves, was one of the most anticipated films at the 2013 TFF.

Long Island’s Nemiroff Does Double Duty as a Film Critic and Filmmaker

Posted on 08 January 2014

Film critics and filmmakers usually stay away from each other as much as possible, but that’s not the case with Long Island’s own Perri Nemiroff.

The Hobbit’s Hunks, Part II: Lee Pace and Richard Armitage

Posted on 02 January 2014

The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug continues to do astonishing business around the country and locally at the UA Southampton 4, where it is playing in both 3-D and 2-D formats. It’s my contention that sex appeal is a major reason for its success.

The Hobbit’s Hunks Part I: Orlando Bloom

Posted on 20 December 2013

It’s an amazing statistic. In its first week in theaters nationwide, The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug bested the second-place movie at the box-office, Frozen by a whopping $50 million. Among the theaters that contributed to its $73.6 million gross was the UA Southampton 4, where there have been repeat viewers at both its 3-D and 2-D screenings. That nearby theater will surely continue do boffo (an industry word!) business through the holidays. There are many reasons that the second part of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s marvelous fantasy classic–a prelude to his The Lord of the Rings trilogy–is attracting so many viewers. One reason that is getting little mention is sex appeal

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Pom Injects Life into “Oldboy”

Posted on 14 December 2013

In Spike Lee’s Oldboy, Pom Klementieff proves that you don’t necessarily need to speak to get the viewer’s attention.

Sophie Helps Judi bring “Philomena” to Life

Posted on 04 December 2013

Philomena, a highly-recommended crowd-pleaser that is playing at the UA East Hampton Cinema 6, boasts of a director, Stephen Frears, and male lead/screenwriter, Steve Googan, who each have a legion of fans, me among them. But certainly its top drawing card is its beloved leading lady, Judi Dench.