April 22, 2018 § Leave a comment

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Instead of having parents who provide for her,  fifteen year old Sarah takes on the role of parent, and acts as the mother to her own mother, and her younger brother and sister. Her mother, who is suffering from bipolar disorder, recently had her welfare benefits cut.  Sarah is also being bullied at school by the popular kids from affluent backgrounds, and is working at the local arcade for food and rent money.

When her drama teacher picks up on Sarah’s angst (without knowing the full extent of her tumultuous personal life), he encourages her to channel her anger and frustration into standup comedy.

The film sheds light on mental health, and the psychologic damage of being bullied.

  • Bipolar I Disorder— defined by manic episodes that last at least 7 days, or by manic symptoms that are so severe that the person needs immediate hospital care. Usually, depressive episodes occur as well, typically lasting at least 2 weeks. Episodes of depression with mixed features (having depression and manic symptoms at the same time) are also possible.
  • Bipolar II Disorder— defined by a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, but not the full-blown manic episodes described above.
  • Cyclothymic Disorder (also called cyclothymia)— defined by numerous periods of hypomanic symptoms as well numerous periods of depressive symptoms lasting for at least 2 years (1 year in children and adolescents). However, the symptoms do not meet the diagnostic requirements for a hypomanic episode and a depressive episode.
  • Other Specified and Unspecified Bipolar and Related Disorders— defined by bipolar disorder symptoms that do not match the three categories listed above.

Great performance from the actress who plays Sarah, Liv Hil.

“Sunday’s Illness”

April 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

A Netflix release.  Director, Ramón Salazar, reflects on the movie’s title.  “I remember when I was eight years old, I deeply hated the feeling I got on Sunday afternoons.  That moment when the sun goes down and all you can do is wait for Monday to arrive.  It was incredibly distressing for me. I was invaded by unease, which went away once Monday came. I would face Monday with strength and hope that Friday would arrive as soon as possible.”

When Anabel, a sophisticated diplomat’s wife, hosts a charitable fundraiser, she comes face to face with one of the waitstaff,  her 43 year old daughter Chiara, who she abandoned 35 years prior.  There is a long pause in the film as Anabel and Chiara glance at one another from across a long banquet table with gazes of uncertainty and certainty, curiosity and disbelief.

Reunited, Chiara, proposes a strange request for her biological mother. She asks that her mother spend 10 days with her at her farmhouse in the country.  Due to the class differences, Anabel’s family is concerned for her safety, and forces Chiara to sign legal documents stating that she will never ask for anything else in the future. Chiara signs the document without any hesitation or review.  Skeptical, Anabel, agrees to the proposition, and with reservations is dropped off in the picturesque country setting.  Gradually, as the two spend time getting to know one other, Chiara, helps Anabel shed her pretension and upscale attire, for a more relaxed attitude, and jeans and sneakers. The two slowly begin to make up for lost time, however, Chiara has a deeper ulterior motive to their visit other than bonding and getting to know one another better.

Stars Barbara Lennie and Susi Sanchez.

A Netflix release.


April 19, 2018 § Leave a comment



“Lemonade” is a riveting story about immigration, a questionable marriage of convenience, cultural differences, abuse of power, corruption, and the desire for a better life for an 8 year old boy.  Female Romanian film director, Ioana Uricaru, stated, “the idea for the story was sparked by a true story based on her own experiences of discovering the American way of life, and the differences between the American and Romanian worldviews.”

Plot: Romanian born, Mara, comes to the US on a temporary work visa to work as a healthcare professional in a medical facility.  While working she meets an American man, Daniel, who sustained an injury on the job and requires dialysis.  The two quickly marry and she quits her job and cares for him.  Mara is the mother of one son, 8 years old, from a previous marriage.  The boy, Dragos, comes to the US to live with his mother and her ‘friend.’  Mara and Daniel are interviewed separately by an immigration officer, Moji, who is investigating the legitimacy of their marriage. Moji accuses Mara of marriage fraud,  and begins to ask her why she never married her son’s biological father in Romania. As the immigration process becomes very controversial, she begins to find herself seeking guidance from attorneys.

‘Lemonade’ is the harsh reality of one young immigrant mother and her 8 year old son who are striving for the American dream.

Must see.

6:00 PM – THU 4/19
 5:45 PM – FRI 4/20
5:45 PM – SAT 4/21
8:00 PM – FRI 4/27



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April 2, 2018 § Leave a comment

From the Director of “The Syrian Bride,” and “The Lemon Tree,” comes a story of a female Israeli Mossad agent who is sent to an apartment in Germany for two weeks to protect their Lebanese informant who is undergoing plastic surgery in order to claim a new identity.  Who can be trusted? Will they make it out alive?

Starts April 6, 2018

Santa Monica, CA-    Laemmle’s Town Center 5

Beverly Hills, CA-  Ahrya Fine Arts

“27 Gone Too Soon”

March 25, 2018 § Leave a comment

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Industry experts delve into and analyze the lives, human psyche, and family backgrounds of the “27 Club.”  Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse.  Screening tomorrow, March 26, 2018 at Regent St Cinema, London.

“Lives Well Lived”

March 16, 2018 § Leave a comment


Listen to the endearing stories of the lives of wise elders from all various backgrounds and ethnicities.  In theaters on April 20, 2018.  lives-well-lived.com





“Concert for George”

February 17, 2018 § Leave a comment


Beatle, George Harrison, was born on February 25, 1943. He left us on November 29, 2001.  On November 29, 2002, one year after his passing away from lung cancer, Olivia Harrison and Eric Clapton, organized a tribute concert, which was held at Royal Albert Hall in London. The concert was filmed.  In honor of what would be George’s 75th Birthday, the 2002 concert film will be re-released in theaters and remastered in 5.1 stereo surround sound. ‘Concert for George’ will be in local cinemas on February 20, 2018.

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