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Review: ‘Mommy’s Box’ is an exceptional film by Johnny Greenlaw (Includes first-hand account)

Greenlaw takes on the lead role of New York music producer Nick who is battling his own demons and he find out about his unstable mom’s death. When Nick returns to his Long Island home for the mom’s wake, many of the family secrets unfold, and they intertwine well with the different story-lines. The film lives up to its tag-line where “the past is never where you left it.”

The fact that Greenlaw has left the idea of the “box” open to interpretation, makes it an even more compelling motion picture. Actors Billy Sorvino and Kelly Karavites triumph in their roles as Joey and Stavros Papadopoulos respectively; moreover, Gina Scarda is a revelation as the mother.

The Verdict

Mommy’s Box garners an A rating. It is rich in symbolism and it will leave the viewer drenched in a wide spectrum of raw emotions. Anybody who is from New York, especially Long Island, will find this movie relatable. It is filled with wit, mystery, suspense and the acting is superb. It was worthy of all the awards and accolades it received at the 2016 Long Island International Film Expo for “Best Film,” “Best Music Score” and “Best Original Song in a Feature Film.” The Manhattan Film Festival got it right when they named it “Best Feature Film” of 2016.

Digital Journal chatted with the film’s lead actor, writer and director Johnny Greenlaw.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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