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Alison Zimmer — Originally from Halifax, Alison has worked as a film programmer, distribution executive and host. She is currently a cast member with Drunk Feminist Films. She likes a lot of high-brow movies, but prefers Center Stage to The Red Shoes.

<i>Atonement</i> – A Lush Period Drama Starring Saorise Ronan, Keira Knightly and James McAvoy

A war epic, a doomed romance, a tale of betrayal with a tinge of mystery – Atonement sees director Joe Wright adapt Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel for the big screen in lush period style. Read More

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Cult Film that Launched the Hit Series

Opening to middling box office and critical response upon its 1992 release, Buffy the Vampire Slayer didn’t exactly scream franchise. A seemingly vapid valley girl, Buffy was an unlikely hero, and challenged the trope of a helpless blonde needing rescuing Read More

<i>Enough Said</i>: Unexpected Performances from Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini in one of his Final Roles

Nicole Holofcener made a name for herself with indie breakouts. She continued her impressive run of observant and warm dramedies with 2013’s Enough Said, giving stars James Gandolfini and Julia-Louis Dreyfus their most memorable film roles. Read More

All hail the Queen! How Helen Mirren has Beat the Odds

Helen Mirren’s film career continues to flourish into her seventies – an unfortunately unusual feat for a female actor. Her exceptional career has been full of rare feats – she is one spoken word album short of an EGOT. Read More

“How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?” – A Brief History of Adults Playing Teens

In Grease (1978), Stockard Channing is the lone cast member who actually lived through the era as a teen. While she was the oldest actor playing a high school student, the great majority of the cast were playing younger. Read More

Penny Marshall’s <i>Big</i> Break: Her $100 million Body-Swapping Breakthrough

Penny Marshall’s second feature set 1988’s box office aflame and received almost universal critical praise. Big was the first film directed by a woman to cross $100 million at the domestic box office. Read More

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