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For the past 14 years writer/director Brad Bird has had to endure one question more than any other: When was he going to make a sequel to his animated superhero romp “The Incredibles?” Well, a few years ago Pixar let it slip that he was har…

Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” is the art-house horror sensation of the summer.  Of course, it opened wide in over 2,900 theaters this past weekend, but the critically acclaimed A24 release is much more of a prestige play than “The Fi…

Time for another go ’round, Indie Beat listeners. We’re back this time with filmmaker, editor, and critic Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli. After a number of shorts, Rovinelli embarked on her first feature “Empathy.” The film foll…

Ravenous Indie Beat fans, it’s been a minute, but the wait is now over. On this episode, we spoke to Rachel Morgan, creative director for the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. Morgan started out as a volunteer at the festival, splitt…

Apocalyptic visions are in vogue at the moment, yet no one has been playing this game for longer than Paul Schrader, who as a young man traded in his ambitions to join the priesthood for a career first as a film critic, then as a writer/director, trans…

After having disappeared from our screens for nearly two years following the muted release of “Star Trek Beyond,” actor Simon Pegg returned in recent months to seemingly appear in every other film release. From the Steven Spielberg spectacl…

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: For over three decades, Molly Ringwald has made an undeniable impact on film and pop culture. The former teen superstar is best known for her roles in “The Breakfast Club,” “Pretty in Pink” and “Sixt…

Sofia Coppola‘s striking debut feature “The Virgin Suicides,” was a type of cotillion in its day: an coming out announcement signaling the arrival of a remarkable new feminine voice in cinema, and a new auteur that was here to stay. T…

If you’re hungry for more, and better roles, for women, you’re probably already obsessed with Diablo Cody. The same screenwriter who gave us iconic lines like Juno MacGuff’s “I’m calling to procure a hasty abortion” and Mavis Gary’s “Life, here I come,…

Screenwriting partners Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely work in what they describe as the “best place in town.” They mean, Marvel Studios in Los Angeles, and they have a rare seat at the table of one of Hollywood’s biggest empir…