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Literally, Right Before Aaron

Literally, Right Before Aaron

Why do we watch movies? For newer works, we go to see the newest effort from a favorite actor, writer, director or cinematographer, or we feel the story is something we can relate to, or because it comes recommended from friends or critics or has received a lot of awards buzz. Maybe we’ve not heard of the filmmaker, but a distributor who has acquired a reputation for giving chances to edgy and interesting work is releasing it. So while Screen Media isn’t quite at the level of a 1990’s Miramax, a 2000’s THINKfilm or a 2010’s A24 in terms of prestige, they have slowly been moving away from their former bread and butter of Z-level dreck like “Croczilla” and “Paranormal Whacktivity” and giving theatrical life to curious works from directors like Tobe Hooper and Paul Bettany. And while I have never heard of writer/director Ryan Eggold, he was able to nab an embarrassment of riches when it came to casting his feature debut, including Cobie Smulders, John Cho, Peter Gallagher, Ryan Hansen, Charlyne Yi, Briga Heelan, Luis Guzman, Dana Delany and Lea Thompson. Which is why I was interested in checking out “Literally, Right Before Aaron.” That’s one hell of an eclectic cast.

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Rating: D+
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Theatre Review: Angelika Film Center, New York City

The lobby of the Angelika Film Center

Since our re-launch a few months ago, we at FilmJerk have dedicated ourselves to focusing more on the smaller, less-advertised independent and foreign films. One aspect of the movie-going experience less often explored is the setting of the screening itself. So, from time to time, we will take a look at some of the places we enjoy going to see movies, or theatres new to us that we are discovering for the first time. Our first movie theatre review takes us to one of our favorite places to see a movie, the Angelika Film Center in New York City.

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Rating: A
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