Linda Jager

Reviewer

One of KPCW's Friday Film Review, reviewers.

Add another film to the rock idol genre with the new release of “Blinded by the Light”, a film that plays homage to The Boss through the eyes of a die-hard fan.

I’ve seen my fair share of rock-inspired films recently, including the biopics of Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Elton John in “Rocketman”, and the Beatles fan narrative “Yesterday”.

There’s no arguing that the list of rockers ripe for a film profile is long, and it’s not surprising that a film about an avid Bruce Springsteen fan has rounded out this year’s trend.

A standout at Sundance 2019, "The Farewell" is a dramedy that’s based on an actual lie.

Family dynamics and the dichotomy of Asian-American culture are at the centerpiece of filmmaker Lulu Wang’s comedy/drama “The Farewell”. The film, which premiered this year at Sundance and was based on as Wang calls it “an actual lie” was really a true story that originally aired on This American Life.

Imagine there's no--Fab Four. That's the premise of a new film that blends classic rock and the Twighlight Zone.

Have you noticed a trend in rock-genre movies lately? Starting with the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”, followed by the Elton John extravaganza – “Rocketman”, and now “Yesterday” – a romantic comedy/fantasy based on the Beatles songbook.

Lady Bird, the new film directed by Greta Gerwig, has been gathering rave reviews and multiple nominations as the movie awards season heats up. Linda Jager with the Friday Film Review tells us if the film lives up to the early buzz.

  

How do two 12-year-olds, living 50 years apart, find each other and discover a treasured connection? Linda Jager with the Friday Film Review has the answer in her report of the new film Wonderstruck.

Film Roundtable
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Get the lowdown on what summer movies were disappointing and which ones should be put in you video que this fall. Panelists Mark Harrington, Barb Bretz and Linda Jager join host Rick Brough to confess films they haven't seen yet and look forward to films of the fall and winter (including Subdance!)

Reese Witherspoon stars as an almost forty-something woman who befriends three millennial filmmakers in the new film, "Home Again." Linda Jager is here for this week's Friday Film Review.

Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Ingrid Goes West opens in theaters today. Linda Jager has this week's Friday Film review of the social media-themed dark comedy. 

"The Hero" a modern-day drama about a lonesome cowboy in L.A., premiered at last winter's  Sundance Film Festival, and now has made its way to a theater near you.  Linda Jager takes a look for this week's Friday Film Review:

On today’s Sundance Reel, Leslie Thatcher and Co-Host Linda Jager speak to:

9:12 am

Director of The Incredible Jessica James, Jim Strouse.    

9:22am

Directors Feras Fayyad and Steen Johannessen with Last Men in Aleoppo

9:36am

Director Mark Pellington and Screenwriter Stuart Ross for The Last Word. 

9:48am

Director Rory Kennedy and the subject of her new film Laird Hamilton-Take Every Wave – The story of Laird Hamilton

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Friday Film Reviewers Linda Jager and Mark Harrington and filmmaker Jill Orschel join host Rick Brough to talk Oscar buzz, preview Sundance announcements and take on film and politics.

What happens when two documentary filmmakers are given all access to cover a promising political campaign that implodes? Friday Film Reviewer Linda Jager is here to talk about Weiner, a winner at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Film Roundtable - May 28, 2016

May 28, 2016
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KPCW's Film Reviewers are back, and ready to talk about summer movies coming up. Hosts Rick Brough, Linda Jager, Mark Harrington and Patrick Hubley reveal their superhero names, talk Bond, James (or Jane) Bond and drive-in theaters.

Friday Film Reviewer Linda Jager explores the newest character for the indomitable Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van. The film's (and Smith's) Miss Shepherd is a far cry from Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess.

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KPCW News Director Leslie Thatcher reclaims the Sundance Reel today, with guest co-host, and Friday Film Reviewer Linda Jager.

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