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So far Megan Fariello has created 82 blog entries.

Wedding Doll

Depicting a mental disability on film is always tricky, but actress Moran Rosenblatt does a fine job balancing her character's inherent sweetness with an underlying sense of frustration.

By |April 14th, 2016|Family drama, Israeli|0 Comments

The Invitation

After gradually building up the suspense, the last 20 minutes of The Invitation are incredibly intense, mirroring the film’s opening, and violent, scene.

By |April 7th, 2016|DVD/Streaming/On Demand, Thriller|0 Comments

The Automatic Hate

An engaging and steady-paced drama, driven by the mystery of a family grudge and by its well-drawn characters.

By |March 11th, 2016|Family drama, Top Picks|0 Comments


As in the recent documentary Amy, questions of who has the right to tell a deceased musician’s story come into stark question. (Fans? The family?) Tumbledown, from first-time feature director Sean Mewshaw, brings up a lot of arresting issues. A talented musician dies after releasing only one brilliant album, and as his widow struggles to […]

By |February 5th, 2016|DVD/Streaming/On Demand, Indie|0 Comments

I Smile Back

It would be a gross understatement to say that I Smile Back is a bit of a downer. The film covers depression, drug use, and childhood trauma, among other things. The story itself is fairly straightforward, but it’s the main performance that makes the experience worthwhile: Sarah Silverman commits completely to an extremely challenging character.

Laney […]

By |December 19th, 2015|Book adaptation, Drama, DVD/Streaming/On Demand, Featured|0 Comments

Sand Dollars

The Dominican Republic’s Oscar submission for best foreign language film is an intriguing and somber look at life on the island. Set against the beautiful Caribbean backdrop, Sand Dollars explores love and money and sex tourism, while juxtaposing those who choose to take holidays on these sandy shores and those who call the island home, […]

By |November 12th, 2015|Book adaptation, Top Picks|0 Comments


The directorial debut of cinematographer Reed Morano (The Skeleton Twins, Kill Your Darlings) is an emotional roller coaster from its first moments as it follows a young couple in the aftermath of a horrifying tragedy. Morano keeps Meadowland hauntingly realistic; its devastating subject matter feels all too possible.

New Yorkers Sarah (Olivia Wilde) and Phil (Luke […]

By |October 15th, 2015|Drama, Tribeca Film Festival|0 Comments

Tab Hunter Confidential

Embarrassingly, the first Tab Hunter film I ever saw was Grease 2 (1982). He played the hunky biology teacher opposite his longtime costar Connie Stevens. It wasn’t until many years later when I saw him in John Waters’s Polyester (1981), and even then I didn’t really understand his pop cultural significance.

The documentary Tab Hunter Confidential […]

By |October 15th, 2015|Pop Culture, Top Picks|0 Comments

The Keeping Room

“Why do you come like you want a war?” protagonist Augusta (indie-darling Brit Marling) asks her Union soldier attacker. He states that, after all the fighting he has done, it is impossible to stop.

Set during the last days of the Civil War, The Keeping Room presents a distinctly revisionist Western, taking a feminist approach to […]

By |September 25th, 2015|Indie, War, Western|0 Comments