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Why Should You Choose Talking Movies?

Talking Movies is a FILM SERIES where you’ll see HOLLYWOOD, INDEPENDENT, FOREIGN FILMS and DOCUMENTARIES before they open. Share the inside stories with DIRECTORS, PRODUCERS, ACTORS, CRITICS and other FILM EXPERTS.

What makes “Talking Movies” unlike any other Film Series?

Talking Movies is very proud to be affiliated with Hunter College, one of New York’s most prestigious Institutes of higher learning.

The Hosts: Jeffrey Lyons has reviewed some 15,000 movies on TV over the past 42 years and some 900 actors more than any other critic. Roberta Burrows brings a unique perspective, as she was an executive for Warner Bros, whose duties included public relations. She also was the co-host on Flick Chicks, a global Internet show where she reviewed film and interviewed actors. As a journalist she interviewed filmmakers and actors for many national magazines including GQ, US and Interview Magazine. What sets Talking Movies apart from other film series is that you hear expert observations and perspectives from a man AND a woman. In film, as in life, they see things very differently.

Talking Movies is a series for people whose passion for film includes a real interest and curiosity about the “behind the scenes” making of a film. Creating a film is a collaborative process. In an open conversation following the films, you engage in Q&A – with the producers, directors, screenwriters and actors who share their personal experiences. This fascinating process comes alive in vivid detail. The joys and challenges they face on their cinematic journey will become indelibly etched in your mind.

Location, location, location. It is conveniently located in midtown Manhattan. Sign-up today for Talking Movies, an experience you will never forget!


Jeffrey Lyons & Robert Burrows

Jeffrey Lyons

Jeffrey Lyons has enjoyed a career on television, radio and print spanning 42 years. He has reviewed more than 15,000 movies, 900 Broadway and off-Broadway plays, interviewed nearly 500 actors, written or co-authored six books, co-hosted three national movie review shows on PBS, MSNBC and the NBC stations interviewing nearly every movie star of the past four decades. He received two honorary degrees so far. He’s lectured at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., four times at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in venues all over the country.

On radio, he reviews movies, Broadway shows, and conducted interviews with major stars for WCBS and CBS stations from 1974-92 and recently rejoined the station reviewing movies. He's now heard on WNYM radio in New York. Being the critic for the Mutual Broadcasting System and CBC Radio Canada. "LYONS DEN RADIO" is Jeffrey’s current nationally syndicated outlet.

In 1996 he joined WNBC as their film and theater critic interviewing everyone from Clint Eastwood to Dame Judi Dench, James Earl Jones, Penelope Crúz, Javier Bardem and Antonio Banderas ; Sir Michael Caine, Sir Ben Kingsley, Dame Helen Mirren, Dame Julie Andrews, Morgan Freeman, George Clooney, Seth Rogen, Robin Williams, Sir Anthony Hopkins, to name just a few.

In 2004 Lyons created and co-hosted REEL TALK. That year he also reviewed movies with his son Ben Lyons on MSNBC's AT THE MOVIES and is currently reviewing films with Ben, who is correspondent and film critic for the syndicated TV series "Extra".

Jeffrey's written six books to date. His newest is “Stories My Father Told Me, Notes From the Lyons Den”. The book received rave reviews and is a collection of anecdotes from his father Leonard Lyons’ iconic Broadway 12,400 columns, along with his own interviews and includes interviews with family friends Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, two-time Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, Joe DiMaggio, Ingrid Bergman, Richard Burton, Sofia Loren, Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, John Steinbeck, President Harry S. Truman, and dozens more.

Jeffrey has lectured all over the country on movies, his baseball books, and television techniques and lectured on bull fighting in Madrid.

Jeffrey’s other books are pictured here: (the latter four he co-authored with his brother and the last with former Yankee hero Jim Leyritz) His baseball books had introductions by Bob Costas and Oscar winners Robert Redford and Billy Bob Thornton and quotes from Billy Crystal, Hall of Famers Dave Winfield, Bob Feller and Willie McCovey, and Rosie O’Donnell.

Roberta Burrows

Robert Burrows is partnered with film critic, Jeffrey Lyons in Talking Movies a film series she produces and co-hosts. The series features Hollywood, Independent, foreign films and documentaries BEFORE they open followed by interviews with filmmakers, i.e. directors, actors, screenwriters, film critics and other industry related people. Films have ranged from the Academy Award winning GLADIATOR to landmark independents like THE ARTIST.

Roberta Burrows has been involved with various aspects of the film industry for over 20 years. She was East Coast Director of Publicity for Warner Bros. At Orion, she was in charge of the music and book marketing strategies for Orion’s Silence of the Lambs. She was part of a team whose efforts resulted in the film winning several Academy Awards. Additionally she was in charge of marketing and publicity of numerous films for publicity agencies.

She was a co-producer of GRACE IS GONE, winner of Audience Favorite at Sundance Film Festival and starring John Cusack. She co-hosted Flick Chicks, a global internet program reviewing films and interviewing filmmakers.

As a writer, Miss Burrows freelanced writing filmmaker profiles for national magazines such as US, Interview, GQ, Ladies Home Journal and Time Out New York. She was a weekly columnist for Sunday Supplements available in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. She is the author of the Betty Hutton autobiography.

At the School of Visual Arts, Miss Burrows was host and interviewer for Cinemascope, a film series where she introduced films before they opened and interviewed the filmmakers.

Early in her career, Miss Burrows was a fashion stylist, a runway model and a fashion columnist. She also worked for a rock ‘n roll concert producer. The company produced concerts with all the major groups at some of the biggest venues: Madison Sq. Garden; The Academy of Music. Her favorite part of the job was as a rock ‘n roll bouncer.

She lived in Italy for three years and is madly in love with Mediterranean food, the sea, the light and yes, men!