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Jordan Ruimy

Jordan Ruimy

Described as “the greatest literary hoax of our time,” the infamous unmasking of cause célèbre persona/author JT LeRoy in 2005 turned the world of pop culture media upside down. An extraordinary story that made headlines around the globe, the tale in s…

Filmmaker Panos Cosmatos‘ “Mandy” is batshit crazy — and that is meant as the high compliment possible. This 120-minute hallucination into dreamy hell is visually stunning, and unlike anything, you’ve ever seen before. Yes, ther…

Ever since he shook the cinematic world with the release of his visionary first feature, “Japón,” and then followed that up with his mesmerizing magnum opus “Silent Light,” director Carlos Reygadas struggled to find the same kin…

Movies about unsolved cases can be a tricky proposition for audiences. After all, the notion that a case may not be wrapped up by a film’s end is a risky commitment for creatives because the mainstream is used to resolution at the end of a movie….

Music competition shows have been a TV mainstay in America ever since the Brits imported “American Idol” in the early-2000s, which in turn kickstarted a slew of copycats, including NBC’s incredibly popular “The Voice.” Eve…

Mikhail Gorbachev’s legacy is that of being the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union, but this often misunderstood leader had a much more significant role in the world stage. Prolific director Werner Herzog‘s powerful documentary …

Long fascinated by emotionally complex family dynamics and the way the smallest of events can shatter a clan, writer/director Peter Hedges explored those themes to great effect in such films as “Pieces of April,” “Dan in Real Life,&#8…

Director Michael Winterbottom (“24 Hour Party People,” “A Mighty Heart“) has had a career filled with ups and downs. His knack for jumping into different genres and has always been commendable, but it makes for a rather patchy f…

In a summer of weekly blockbusters, it’s easy for some of the best, and culturally significant, films to get lost in the shuffle. Let’s try to not make that be the case with “Crazy Rich Asians,” which is the first Hollywood stud…

Daniel Goldhaber‘s “Cam” feels like a great, un-aired episode of Netflix’s acclaimed anthology series “Black Mirror.” Goldhaber’s film is a mysterious dive into the unknown, a dreamy and surreal take on social …