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The New Jersey Film Festival begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 and will continue on select Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings until Friday Feb. 28. The festival will be located at Rutgers University’s Voorhees Hall, Room 105, on 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick. ... READ ON

When Hitchcock attempted to create the illusion that his 1948 thriller Rope had been shot in a single take, he was forced to disguise cuts every 10 minutes, as that’s how long a reel of film lasted. In today’s digital filmmaking era no such limitations apply, which is why long takes and ‘single take’ movies are growing increasingly popular. Give a filmmaker too much...well, rope and they can hang themselves, with many long take sequences and single take movies feeling gimmicky at best, a waste of the powerful tool of editing at worst. The best of the recent crop of single take movies is the German thriller Victoria, which uses the format to immerse us in the head of its titular heroine, who is swept along on an increasingly dangerous adventure that plays out in real-time as dawn breaks on Berlin.... READ ON

"I don’t mind the machine, I just don’t want to be its victim…" Ever since the industrial revolution workers have been face to face with technologies that helped their productivity while threatening their jobs.  In the documentary Work Songs, New York filmmaker Mark Street takes a look at how people are coping with work and today’s challenges.  He interviews people in a range of industries who are trying to survive economically while finding meaning in their jobs and sometimes doing so alongside the very technology which may eventually replace them.... READ ON

Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women opens and closes with two cracking scenes. Playing an amalgamation of Alcott and her novel’s heroine, Jo March, Saoirse Ronan sparkles in her interactions with Dashwood, a stoic publisher played by the always watchable Tracy Letts. Not wanting sexism to scupper her chances, Jo presents him with one of her short stories, which she claims was written by “a friend.”... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies, presents the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020 from January 25 through February 28. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries, the festival includes over 35 screenings and more than 40 films will have their New Jersey or Area Premiere (Middlesex County) screenings as part of the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020 and the United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival.... READ ON

The elevator (or in this case, dumb waiter) pitch for In Fabric, writer/director Peter Strickland's fourth feature, ostensibly concerns a cursed dress, which may remind horror buffs of Robert Bloch's short story 'The Weird Tailor', adapted for the screen as an episode of the '60s Boris Karloff hosted show Thriller and an installment of the 1972 Amicus anthology Asylum. Splitting the film into two distinct though interconnected stories, Strickland's movie recalls the output of Amicus, and while he continues to channel the exotic spirit of '70s Euro horror, In Fabric is distinctly British in its self-deprecating humor. A succinct elevator pitch might read 'Dario Argento's Are You Being Served?'... READ ON

Hopewell Theater will screen four holiday favorites while holding a fundraising drive for HomeFront NJ - an organization whose mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey by harnessing the caring, resources and expertise of the community.  Hopewell Theater patrons can add a donation for HomeFront to their ticket purchase online or in person at the box office  now through Monday, January 6, 2020. ... READ ON

Ian McKellen and director Bill Condon reteam once again for this adaptation of Nicholas Searle... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Montclair Film is accepting submissions for the annual Emerging Filmmaker Competition (EFC), a film competition open to students from around the world interested in submitting short films in the Narrative, Comedy, Documentary, and Experimental film categories. EFC also offers special Social Impact Awards for young filmmakers who engage with social issues in their work. The Emerging Filmmaker Competition is made possible with support from Gelati by Mike. Submissions will be accepted until March 8, 2020.... READ ON

She put a spell on the Mayo Performing Arts Center and they were hers…Kathy Najimy held the audience entranced with her personal take on the “Hocus Pocus” experience Oct. 26. For about an hour, the almost full house listened to Najimy recount tales of her co-stars – in particular Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker - on the set of the 1993 movie. The witty Najimy also delved into her days as a child “creating her own fun” making up skits and shows in her San Diego backyard, often singing her idol and future co-star Bette Midler’s songs. Then she chatted about being an up and coming actress and self-confessed “crazy, sycophant rabid fan” and “Bette Midler stalker” before she got her break with “Soapdish” in 1991. The next year, Najimy hit it big with “Sister Act” in 1992 - which she auditioned for five times.  ... READ ON

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