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‘Reach Me,’ A Dozen More Reach Out To Specialty Film Audiences This Weekend

20 November 2014 4:17 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

A long time in the making, Reach Me, from filmmaker/actor John Herzfeld brings ‘positive thinking’ and ‘self-help’ to the big screen. It stars a bevy of Herzfeld’s actor friends and friends of friends, including Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Connolly.

The title is one of a dozen or so newcomers opening in limited release this weekend. Music Box’s Happy Valley and Kino Lorber’s Monk With A Camera are among Friday’s debuting documentaries.

Happy Valley, named after the area where Pennsylvania State University is located, dives into the child sexual-abuse scandal that rocked Penn State, while Monk looks at an unlikely ascetic who gave up life in the fast lane.

Kino Lorber also is launching Iranian Western Vampire pic A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, which it is releasing with Vice Films. The title, which was born out of a previous short film, debuted at Sundance in January. »

- Brian Brooks

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Movie Review – The King and the Mockingbird (1980)

14 April 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The King and the Mockingbird (French: Le Roi et l’oiseau), 1980.

Directed by Paul Grimault.

Featuring the voice talents of Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti, Raymond Bussières, Agnès Viala and Renaud Marx.

Synopsis:

A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

The modern animation industry is very much a business, as opposed to an art-form or creative industry. Looking at recent uninspired projects and unnecessary sequels such as Monsters University and Planes just to name a few, it’s easy to come to some clear conclusions about the state of contemporary animation. If it’s not highly merchandised, franchised or derivative, it doesn’t seem to get made, at least by the likes of Disney or Pixar.

The recent retiring of the masterful Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame only helps further cement this uninspired era in animated history. To bring this seemingly irrelevant introduction full circle, »

- Sam Thorne

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