Israeli Film Center Festival 2019 Review: RED COW

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

In East Jerusalem, teenager Benni (Avigail Kovari) and her most devout father Yehoshua (Gal Toren) cling to their faith and traditions while dealing with political strife and still coping with the tragic death of Benni’s mother and Yehoshua’s wife. Things become rather complicated and challenging when Benni begins having romantic and sexual feelings toward another young lady named Yael (Moran Rosenblatt) As the two begin to act on these feelings, the distraught Yehoshua remains firmly undaunted in his beliefs and his relationship with his daughter suffers as a result.

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Israeli Film Center Festival 2019 Review: FIG TREE

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

This particular film from Ethiopian-Israeli director Aalam-Warqe Davidian tells a very desperate story of Jews in Ethiopia trying to escape persecution and civil war. The protagonist Mina (Betalehem Asmamawe), a 16 year-old young lady, and her family are attempting to illegally emigrate to Israel. Meanwhile, Mina’s Christian boyfriend Eli (Yohanes Muse) is also in great danger, as the country’s military has been abducting all young and able-bodied boys for forced service in the war. The rebellious Mina can’t bear to part with her first love; however, there is only so much she and her family can do to protect him and escape at the same time.

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Austin Screening Pass Giveaway: YESTERDAY

TVR is giving away passes (good for four people) to an advance screening of this movie in Austin, TX, scheduled for Monday,  June 24  at 7:30 p..m.  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. Must be 18 or older to enter. See this movie early and free of charge before it opens in theaters!

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Review: MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL

By: Renee’ C.

Rating: 4 (Out of 5 Reels)

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization (IMDB).

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Review: LATE NIGHT

By Renee’ C.

Rating: 3 (Out of 5 Reels)

A late-night talk-show host, Katherine Newberry (Emma Thompson), suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show (IMDB).

Mindy Kaling has written several television episodes but never a movie and she does an admirable job here. Unfortunately, there is rarely a new thought in Hollywood and the plotline of this film has definitely been done before to varying degrees.

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