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TONI ERDMANN

As the glass ceiling remains stubbornly intact, personal boundaries shatter in this beautifully witty and deeply thoughtful film. Written and directed by Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann is a delightfully uncomfortable interpretation of the complications of an atypical father-daughter relationship. As one gag-comedy-loving father tries to connect with his corporate business-only daughter, pandemonium ensues as their…

THE BOUNCE BACK

Here is the ultimate romantic comedy: boy meets girl, girl meets boy... tries to call him out as a fraud. The Bounce Back has “Matthew Taylor” (Shemar Moore) as a relationship guru and author of the book,"The Bounce Back." Matthew's philosophy is introduced in the  beginning of the film when he  says, "You are the…

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FIRST LADY OF THE REVOLUTION

Another wonderful "who knew" documentary. The focus this time is on Henrietta Boggs. Raised to be a decorous Southern Belle, Henrietta's rebellious energy crashed up against convention. She fled her home in Alabama and went to visit relatives in Costa Rica where she met and eventually married someone even more wealthy and better connected than she was. However, Jose "Don…

QUARRIES

In hopes of beginning her own journey to recovery and self-worth, “Kat” (Nicole Marie Johnson) leaves her abusive boyfriend and joins a hiking expedition, made up of other disparaged women, for a several-day long hike. Unfortunately, Kat gets much more than she bargained for, and so does the rest of the group when they realize…

ALWAYS SHINE

Takals’s film Always Shine successfully utilizes the best elements of several genres, excellent sound design, to produce a final product that is all at once horrifying and beautiful. The story is simple: two young actresses whose friendship has been tainted by one woman’s success and the other’s lack of success. But the film is incredibly…