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      Eddie Cockrell

      Eddie Cockrell

      Eddie Cockrell's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety Sydney Morning Herald The Australian indieWire

      East coast editor and video columnist, Nitrate Online ( Variety critic, Berlin, Toronto, Montreal, Karlovy Vary, Seattle, Denver festivals ( Catalogue editor/writer, Washington DC, Philadelphia,Hamptons, Sydney festivals Eddie Cockrell is a film critic, programmer and public speaker based in suburban Maryland. From 1994 to 1996 he presented sneak screenings at Washington's Biograph Theater, and continues to speak regularly at the Key Sunday Cinema Club, Talk Cinema and Sunday Cinema at the Charles program in New York, Washington, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Westchester. He contributes film catalogue notes to the Sydney and Hamptons film festivals, the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema and Filmfest DC, serving as Senior Catalogue Editor and Programmer for the latter since its inception in 1986. His recent programs for the Smithsonian Associates include "Understanding the Art of Film," "Comedy Today" and "The Hollywood Musical," and he has hosted programs at the Corcoran Gallery of Art exploring the films of Peter Weir and Stanley Kubrick and at the National Gallery of Art surveying contemporary Slovak Cinema. He has been film critic for Fox Morning News and Fox News at Noon in Washington, DC (Fox WTTG 5) and Programmer/Project Coordinator for "Films from the Americas," presented by the Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel. Since 1992 he has served as Executive Director of The Americas Film Festival Foundation, a non-profit organization which presents new Spanish- and Portuguese-language film events around the world. For many years he served as the Associate Director of Film Programming for The American Film Institute National Exhibition Programs, planning and presenting film and video series at the AFI's year-round repertory cinema at WashingtonÕs Kennedy Center. He researched and wrote Preview, the theater's monthly film schedule. Highlights include previously banned films from Romania, an ongoing weekly examination of new American Independent Cinema, contemporary German films and tributes to film personalities (including John Cassavetes, Greta Garbo, Satyajit Ray, Fred MacMurray, Barbet Schroeder, Marlene Dietrich, Ken Russell and the gangster in film). A veteran of television, radio, and classroom, he has appeared on the Panorama (WTTG), John McLaughlin (CNBC) and WorldNet (USIA) TV programs; the Derek McGinty (WAMU FM), Voice of America (USIA) and Morning Papers (WHFS FM) radio broadcasts; and at various movie presentations, on-stage celebrity interviews and fundraising events. A Washington area native, Cockrell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature/Cinema Studies from The American University and served on the adjunct faculty from 1990 to 1993. From 1979 to 1989 he was film critic for WGMS radio in Washington, and for a time wrote the "Film Talk" column for the Friday Weekend section of The Washington Post. As Film Specialist he was involved with the "Filmmaking in America" project for the United States Information Agency from 1982 to 1989. In this capacity he researched and wrote panels for the exhibit and traveled to Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, and Bratislava, where he trained the on-site tour guides and discussed the history of Hollywood with local media, academics and exhibit visitors. In 1992 he served as a juror for the inaugural edition of the Festival of First Films in Bratislava, (former) Czechoslovakia.


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      Chutney Popcorn (1999) Ganatra and co-writer Susan Carnival do a fine job of illuminating and contrasting the Indian and lesbian cultures, drawing subtle yet strong visual linkages and peppering their script with healthily acerbic observations. - indieWire
      Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
      (undefined) Director Adrian Buitenhuis made the revealing documentary I Am Heath Ledger two years ago, and he brings the same meticulous research to this project. - The Australian
      Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
      Hearts and Bones (2019) The intuitive selection of the four leads, and their complex, perceptive playing of the material, is a credit to Lawrence's deft direction of both veteran and non-professional talent. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
      Emu Runner (2018) Thomas has made a deep, rich meditation on family, community, country and racial tensions that strides well beyond its girl-meets-bird logline. Flightless the Dromaius novaehollandiae may be, but "Emu Runner" soars. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
      Palm Beach (2019) This isn't so much a movie as a Venn diagram of working talent, cashing in their chips to have a good time together creating accessible entertainment. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jun 05, 2019
      Stuck (2017) A modest achievement that benefits from a lot of heart and not being like anything else out there. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
      Jirga (2018) Unfortunately cryptic but nonetheless fascinating... - Variety
      Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
      The Second (2018) "The Second" is a sexy and satisfying thriller that toys with time, memory and the provocative side of storytelling. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
      Brother's Nest (2018) Though brimming with pitch-black comedy, "Brothers' Nest" actually plays like more of an absurdist tragedy as it pits good brother against good-brother-gone-bad in a cautionary tale of longing and desperation that packs a surprisingly affecting punch. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
      Australia Day (2017) It holds a mirror up to contemporary Australian society and offers those unfamiliar with its tensions a relatively factual dramatic experience. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jul 04, 2017
      The Forest of the Lost Souls (2017) A nasty and impressive little thriller that goes about its business with ruthless cinematic efficiency. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jul 04, 2017
      Ellipsis (2017) An accidental encounter in Sydney leads to a night of whimsical discovery in this multicultural pastiche. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jul 04, 2017
      We Don't Need a Map (2017) The film manages to achieve that unique tone of Australian self-deprecation tempered by frustration but resolutely remaining positive about the future. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jun 09, 2017
      For Here or to Go? (2015) Bhilawadikar's too-busy script nevertheless scores legitimate points ... - Variety
      Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
      Pork Pie (2017) Hello, "Pork Pie." - Variety
      Read More | Posted Mar 09, 2017
      Red Dog: True Blue (2016) As an original Boys Own adventure, the film succeeds in painting a vividly nostalgic, if necessarily episodic, picture of an old-fashioned European Australian outback experience of sturdy men in a hard land. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
      Hounds of Love (2016) Australian director Ben Young's debut offers a bold new spin on the serial-killer genre. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Sep 02, 2016
      Red Christmas (2016) An energetic, candy-colored romp through genre tropes that manages to take its subject matter seriously while poking fun at itself at the same time. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
      Women He's Undressed (2015) The film overstays its welcome by punctuating his story with ill-advised dramatic fantasy sequences that are meant to illustrate the anguish of a gay man in mid-century America, but come across as heavy-handed and mean-spirited. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
      Girl Asleep (2015) A strange, savvy, big-hearted teen adventure that feels perfectly pitched to its target audience as well as those of all ages in search of something unquestionably unique. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jul 07, 2016
      Thank You for Bombing (2015) Affecting and well-made ... - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
      Goldstone (2016) [A] socially conscious, supremely accomplished procedural thriller. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
      The 5th Wave (2016) An effectively decent post-apocalyptic, young-adult, world-in-the-balance survival thriller. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
      The Daughter (2015) Theater director Simon Stone delivers a powerful, low-key yet achingly intense reimagining of Ibsen's 'The Wild Duck.' - Variety
      Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2015
      Kick-Ass 2 (2013) Should Kick-Ass 2 represent the end of the line for this polarising, guilty pleasure-defining franchise, it sure was fun while it lasted. -
      Read More | Posted Jul 07, 2015
      Love & Mercy (2014) The Dano sequences also benefit enormously from the dense sound collages created by composer Atticus Ross and utilised by director Bill Pohlad to dramatise Wilson's inner turmoil. -
      Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
      Last Cab to Darwin (2015) It's not so much the destination but the physical and emotional journey embarked on in this thoughtful, culturally authentic road trip. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jun 07, 2015
      Charlie's Country (2013) The tangled tale of Aboriginal relations in Australia is rendered richly personal in director Rolf de Heer's 14th dramatic feature, Charlie's Country. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jun 01, 2015
      Champs (2015) [A] clearly sincere but achingly cliched look at what's good and bad about the sport and the society that sanctions it. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
      Tender (2014) A compassionate, gently funny look at life and mortality through the prism of an Australian local government. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2015
      Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014) The single most kinetic, over-the-top and refreshingly low-budget (in spirit, if not execution) horror exercise in recent Australian industry memory. -
      Read More | Posted Feb 05, 2015
      Mortdecai (2015) Look past the vicious reviews and the film reveals itself to be squarely in the genial, proudly silly spirit of everything from The Pink Panther to Austin Powers. -
      Read More | Posted Feb 05, 2015
      Ida (2013) A film about history and identity that will long linger in the mind. -
      Read More | Posted Jan 05, 2015
      The Water Diviner (2014) An often capriciously mixed cocktail of war film and cross-cultural family melodrama, "The Water Diviner" marks an ambitious if emotionally manipulative directing debut for Russell Crowe. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Dec 09, 2014
      Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Scott's film never drags. Credit the committed acting of Bale and Edgerton, the former taking all the time necessary to connect with his inner Hebrew, and the latter finding his arrogance giving way to a touching mixture of bluster and grief. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 04, 2014
      Serena (2014) Some novels just shouldn't be adapted for film. Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. These two truisms come to mind in the wake of Serena. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 04, 2014
      Interstellar (2014) Dramatically awkward and visually ravishing -- often within the same sequence -- Interstellar is director Christopher Nolan's ninth and most ambitious film to date. -
      Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2014
      Canopy (2013) To the suddenly white-hot adventure subgenre of one or two souls alone against nature... add the more modestly scaled but no less absorbing wartime survival adventure "Canopy." - Variety
      Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2014
      Words and Pictures (2013) The performances are first-rate. - The Australian
      Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2014
      Venus in Fur (2013) What plays out is roller-coaster ride of shifting identity and sexual brinkmanship...Mischievous and sadistic by turns, it becomes a deadly serious battle of the sexes. - The Australian
      Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2014
      Jersey Boys (2014) The combination of... [Woody Allen & Clint Eastwood] has resulted in a Broadway adaptation that hums with vigour, sings with the capricious unpredictability of fate and fame, and does firm and lasting justice to the legacy of that vintage studio logo. - The Australian
      Read More | Posted Jul 09, 2014
      Tim's Vermeer (2013) Perhaps the ultimate take-away from Tim's Vermeer is the unquenchable curiosity of certain people, albeit those with the money to finance that inquisitiveness, to get to the bottom of history's mysteries. In that respect, Jenison is an artist. - The Australian
      Read More | Posted Jul 09, 2014
      The Last Impresario (2013) Warm-hearted, respectful and somewhat melancholic. - The Australian
      Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014
      Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) There has been a puzzling yet distinctive tonal shift in this new edition. - The Australian
      Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014
      Rising From Ashes (2012) So while the subjects explored in Rising from Ashes are worthy of contemplation, the methodology of doing so puts the brakes on the film's ability to inspire and persuade. - The Australian
      Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2014
      How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Those who made [this film] know the kids who adored the original have grown since the [first one] and they're trying mightily to grow with them. That counts for something in today's popular culture universe, even if they seem to be trying awfully hard. - The Australian
      Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2014
      Ernest & Celestine (2012) Two styles combine to create a world at once impressionistic and lived in, infused with the kind of warm glow which emanates from a cosy fireplace. - The Australian
      Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2014
      Gabrielle (2013) As a thought-provoking valentine to tolerance, acceptance and the yearning for love, Gabrielle wears its heart comfortably, and proudly, on its sleeve. - The Australian
      Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2014
      Good Vibrations (2012) The team behind Good Vibrations have made a film that is determined to live up to its title, and does so. - The Australian
      Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2014
      Blended (2014) It has become something of a tradition to dismiss the latest Adam Sandler movie outright or, if one is feeling particularly generous, damn it with faint praise. Blended is no exception to this strategy. - The Australian
      Read More | Posted Jun 06, 2014
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