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Though it boasts a cult of stubborn supporters, Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus is widely regarded a failure; yet another misstep in a franchise that hasn’t offered us a thoroughly satisfying installment since the 1980s. Like Rob Zombie with his Halloween reboots and George Lucas with his Star Wars prequels, Scott decided the simple concept that made the initial movies such classics wasn’t enough, and retro-fitted a mythology that explained the origins of the series’ iconic extra-terrestrial terrors. It was a backstory most of us didn’t need, nor cared for, and audiences were left checking their watches throughout, wondering when the bloody aliens might show up.... READ ON

In her previous two films, Australian director Cate Shortland notably mined outstanding performances from then unknown young female leads - Abbie Cornish in her 2004 debut Somersault and Saskia Rosendahl in her 2012 sophomore effort Lore, the latter sadly disappearing off the scene soon after. With her third feature, an adaptation of author Melanie Joosten’s novel Berlin Syndrome, her lead is this time an established actress, Hollywood star Teresa Palmer, but with Shortland taking her to places we haven’t seen the Aussie actress venture before, it almost feels like we’re being introduced to a fresh new talent here.... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Montclair Film has announced the complete June 2017 film lineup for Cinema505, the organization’s new screening space located in the Investors Bank Film & Media Center at 505 Bloomfield in Montclair, NJ. June will feature two new ongoing series, Coming of Age in Suburbia, a retrospective of films about youth in American suburbs, and Filmmakers Local 505, a new initiative that partners with local filmmakers to showcase films by Montclair and other New Jersey artists. Finally, the lineup includes a special screening of the classic Thelma & Louise, co-presented by Watchung Booksellers, in conjunction with the launch of Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge with author Becky Aikman in attendance for a post screening Q&A. ... READ ON

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- In a first-time collaboration, the South Orange/Maplewood School District and The Parenting Center have partnered with SOPAC, the MAC Scholars and the Community Coalition on Race to bring a new and important film to the community. Derek Burrow’s Before the Trees Was Strange will be shown, free of charge, on Tuesday evening, May 30th from 7:00pm – 9:30pm at Columbia High School, 17 Parker Ave. Maplewood, NJ. Adults and children are welcomed, however the film is recommended for ages 12 and older. There are no reservations required. ... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Reality Disorder, a new comedy project from award winning filmmakers, Gerard Bianco Jr. and Nikki Gold, will be screening at the 2017 Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival in Asbury Park, NJ on Sunday, May 21, 2017.... READ ON

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- Teen suicide is the subject of a very popular book and television series entitled 'Thirteen Reasons Why'. Teen suicide has many causes, but the paths to prevention are few. In the simplest terms possible, suicide prevention is a question of empowerment. Teens must feel as though they have the power to overcome challenges - regardless of what those challenges might be. Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein's cutting edge selfie films and books for teens draw clear maps to empowerment that can help any teen overcome any challenge. She accomplishes this by utilizing a format that teens understand - selfie films.... READ ON

(NEWTON, NJ) -- New movie A Quiet Passion, the masterful biography of American poet Emily Dickinson, will be showing at The Newton Theatre on Monday, May 22nd and Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:00pm. Tickets are $7 and are on sale now. ... READ ON

(UNION, NJ) -- Daniel Baldwin will be the featured celebrity guest at New Jersey’s first Recovery Film Festival, with a screening of his feature film The Wisdom to Know the Difference. The event is taking place at Kean University in the STEM Building June 2-3, 2017. ... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) announced the winners of the 2017 film competitions at a ceremony held on Saturday, May 6th at the MFF’s new home, The Investors Bank Film & Media Center. This year’s festival featured four competitive categories with five films in each: Fiction, Documentary, Future/ Now, and New Jersey Filmmaking. The 2017 festival featured over 150 feature and short films screened over ten days.... READ ON

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