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When the second annual Monmouth Film Festival rolls into Red Bank next weekend, one of the top selections is a movie about the making of a movie — more specifically, the most famous movie in Monmouth County history.... READ ON

The 2nd Annual Monmouth Film Festival will take place August 11-13 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. Here's a special preview of the festival.... READ ON

Too often, history disappears in a fog of dates. We all know the year the Battle of Hastings was fought, or when Columbus discovered the Americas, but beyond that the details aren’t so clear. We know more about WWII, chiefly because it was the first war of the media age, documented in real time by radio coverage and for posterity on film. We can counter the claims of Holocaust deniers thanks to footage shot by allied cameramen during the liberation of death camps, whereas the voices of victims of earlier campaigns of genocide are growing more silent with every passing day. And of course there are still some living among us who experienced the conflict first-hand.... READ ON

We’ve seen so many dramas exploring failed relationships recently that it can seem like a crowded market; what more can be said on the subject? With After Love, Belgium’s Joachim LaFosse takes a unique approach in two distinct ways. While recent movies on this topic (Blue Valentine, The Broken Circle Breakdown) have contrasted the end of relationships with their beginnings, LaFosse’s movie begins long after things have broken down between his protagonists, pragmatic Marie (Berenice Bejo) and wastrel Boris (Cedric Kahn), and he steadfastly refuses to contextualize the end of their 15 year long partnership. There are no flashbacks. No references to prior indiscretions. No clues.... READ ON

Ever since James Cagney met his death to the strains of ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ in 1931’s The Public Enemy, popular music and the crime film have gone together like ham and cheese. Filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Guy Ritchie have used the crime genre as a means of showing off their record collections, and it’s difficult to imagine their movies with traditional orchestral scores rather than soul, funk and rock cuts from the ‘60s and ‘70s.... READ ON

Anyone who falls asleep at the mention of Shakespeare can rest easy. Director William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth doesn’t feature Marion Cotillard mumbling her way through the bard’s text; rather it’s an adaptation of a 19th century Russian novella, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov.... READ ON

Beth Kruvant’s timely documentary Levinsky Park will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 11!... READ ON

Mischa Marcus’s riveting feature I Am Still Here will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Sunday, June 11! ... READ ON

Gladys Bensimon’s timely documentary A Way Out will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 10!... READ ON

Juan Pablo Martinez’s moving feature Emma will Premiere at the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 10! ... READ ON

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