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This is not a film for the occasional movie-goer; it is an audacious, four-letter infused (“like”) tale of a teenage girl who performs sexual favors to earn funds to bail her errant father out of jail; she blackmails her “victims” by having her friends video the assignation. Appealing? Absolutely not, with the exception of Zoey Deutch’s performance as protagonist, seventeen-year-old ... Read More »


Emotionally flayed from the onset when “Michael and Dafna Feldmann” are informed of their son “Jonathan’s” (Yonaton Shiray) death.  For fifteen minutes viewers are exposed to raw, pulverizing pain; with bleeding souls, and splintered hearts, Lior Ashkenazi (“Footnote”) and Sarah Adler (“The Cakemaker”) hypnotically generate the unspoken magnitude of the insurmountable. Writer/director Samuel Maoz’s complex scenario uses the fluid structure ... Read More »


Highly anticipated, my expectations were painfully, slowly slaughtered as the film progressed; director Armando Iannucci’s dark parody, ironically and at times scathingly sharp, depicts the mendacious scavengers hovering around the stricken Stalin (Adrian Mcloughlin) in 1953. His greedy sycophants, acted by Steve Buscemi (Nikita Khrushchev, an unrealistic leap of faith required in his casting, not to disparage Buscemi’s impeccable comedic ... Read More »


By far the most refreshing, richly satisfying film of 2018; a coming of age movie, stunning in its originality, performed to perfection by a corps of prodigious young actors; prescient directing by Greg Berlanti and a unique, intelligent screenplay by Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker. Its poignant warmth, naturalness, genuineness saturates every scene, resonates with every viewer. I loved “Simon ... Read More »


From June 27 to July 4th, 1976, a hijacked Air France plane carrying 248 passengers was detained in Entebbe, Uganda, sanctioned by its leader Idi Amin; pro-Palestinian terrorists, eventually released all non-Israeli hostages; Israel initiated what was one of the most dramatic, sensational rescue missions in history. Directed by Jose Padilha, “7 Days in Entebbe” is a “starless” bastardized, diminished, ... Read More »


Cursed with a hollow, vapid, platitudinous script, bludgeoning narrative “A Wrinkle in Time” is a lackluster, uninspiring attempt at a geometric, morality play. Director Ava DuVernay’s exceedingly ambitious rendition of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 book focuses on “Meg Murry’s” (Storm Reid), her brother, “Charles Wallace Murry” (Deric McCabe), and friend “Calvin O’Keefe” (Levi Miller) quest for her father, scientist “Dr.Alex Murry” ... Read More »


Made the agenda of 2017’s Film Festivals’ highlights; it is a creepily compelling, unnerving tale starring two phenomenal ingénue actors (Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke) as  “Lily” and “Amanda” dames of privilege in the “Daisy Buchanan” league;  Lily, lazily living with her mother and stepfather, yearning for admission to an elite college is reunited, after years of non-communication, with a ... Read More »


Answering every question correctly (most of us were flayed by “Icarus”), with hundreds of entrees, for the first time in years, a winner is born;  I am ecstatic to announce that DAVID R. GUTHMANN takes home the Peneflix $250.00 prize!!! The toughest challenge is guessing the number of Academy Awards received for the Best Picture. “The Shape of Water” won ... Read More »


Jennifer Lawrence is one of Hollywood’s foremost talents; since 2010’s “Winter’s Bone” (at the age of 19) she has skyrocketed to deserved fame; an Oscar winner, in “Red Sparrow” (based on the book by Jason Matthews and directed by Francis Lawrence, no relation to Ms. Lawrence) she is “Dominika Egorova”, a renown Russian ballerina, manipulated by her uncle “Ivan” (Matthias ... Read More »

FINAL DAY!! Peneflix Annual Academy Awards Contest 2018 – Select and win!

To enter: 1)   To enter you MUST be a subscriber to 2)   You may only enter once. 3)   You MUST answer all questions correctly, especially, the last one: # of Oscars for the Best Film. 4)   ALL ENTRIES HAVE TO BE IN NO LATER THAN FRIDAY MARCH 2nd, MIDNIGHT The winner or winners will receive $250.00. Those new to the “game” should be apprised ... Read More »

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