Flipping the Script on ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Welcome to “Flipping the Script,” a monthly column where I will reconsider recent films that have been panned, frowned upon, or simply under appreciated. I believe that movies should speak to us on a deep, personal level, and this column will consist of films that have done that for me despite widespread derision or apathy. Join me on my noble quest for cinematic redemption!

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Kyra Sedgwick Talks Directing Journey And ‘The Edge of Seventeen’


Actress/producer Kyra Sedgwick (TNT’s The Closer, Heart and Souls) stars in The Edge of Seventeen, a first rate feature about Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager who’s suffering her share of emotional trauma in high school. Sedgwick is Nadine’s oftentimes clueless mother Mona, a woman who also needs a bit of growing up to do. Check out our Q&A with Sedgwick as she talks about The Edge of Seventeen and her directing journey with Story of a Girl.

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Film Q&A: ‘Loving’ Actress Ruth Negga

Awards season are in full swing, and one of my favorite performances this year comes from Ruth Negga, co-star of Jeff Nichols’ drama Loving. Negga, who will receive the Rising Star Award, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s “Film Awards Gala,” has made her rounds with the press to promote the film. I was one of the interviewers at the following press junket roundtable, and check out the full interview below:


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Exclusive Q&A: Actress Ella Ballentine (“The Monster”)


Ella Ballentine first came on my radar after watching the tense thriller Standoff earlier this year. Her latest film The Monster is a unique horror/thriller and coming-of-age mash-up, featuring first rate performances from Zoe Kazan and Ballentine. During our talk, Ballentine talked about her memories of The Monster, deep love for acting, and why West Side Story is one of her favorite films. It was a very engaging conversation, and hopefully her easygoing humor comes off in that chat.

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Dream Factory: A Lifelong ‘Vertigo’ Obsession Takes Its Toll

Cinema fully took hold of my senses in 9th grade, some 30 years ago, and during that year I was shaped by the stories of director Frank Capra (Mr. Smith Goes To Washington) and Woody Allen (Manhattan). But it was Alfred Hitchcock who shook me to the core. As millions of movie buffs can attest, ‘Vertigo’ is an experience that’s simply unforgettable.

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Exclusive: Kate Moennig Talks ‘My Dead Boyfriend’ And Acting Priorites

Kate Moennig, best known for her work on the series Ray Donovan and The L Word, co-stars with Heather Graham in the romantic comedy My Dead Boyfriend. Directed by ER vet Anthony Edwards, the story centers on Mary (Graham), a temp worker who walks into her NYC apartment only to find her slacker boyfriend (John Corbett) dead on the couch. Moennig has a scene stealing part as Zoe, Mary’s best friend who, while stuck in a dead-end cubicle job, still has a rocker’s spirit. During our phone convo with Moennig, she talked about the film, Ray Donovan, and her work as a DJ.

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Determined Actress Terri Abney Reflects On ‘Loving’ Journey

Director Jeff Nichols’ Loving, the story of how Richard and Mildred Loving’s (Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga) relationship led to the landmark Supreme Court case ‘Loving v. Virginia,’ is one of this year’s finest films. A huge reason for its creative success rests on the organic, lived-in performances delivered by its ensemble. Terri Abney, who plays Mildred’s loyal to the bone sister Garnet, talked to us about her personal acting journey.

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