BY SIDNEY LUMET

Director Sydney Lumet released his first feature film, Twelve Angry Men, in 1957. He released his last feature film, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, in 2007. That's fifty years! Furthermore, for all those years, he released a new film almost every year, films filled to the brim with some of the greatest actors in cinema history!!…

NEW LIFE

New Life, co-written by Erin Bethea and Candice Irion, attempts to capture the complicated relationship of two childhood sweethearts as they learn to deal with long distance, and the pay-off of sticking together through thick and thin. Unfortunately, with overly dramatic writing and unsupported melodramatic performances, the film has trouble relaying the beautiful nature of…

PORTRAIT OF A GARDEN

From Rosie Stapel, Portrait of a Garden is a slow-moving Dutch documentary about two gardeners doing expert work as they move through the seasons. We see them in the greenhouse picking grapes and tending to the trees outside, their passion for what they do evident in their faces and their extensive knowledge of cultivation. Their…

CREEPY

Based on the novel by Yutaka Maekawa and co-written by Chihiro Ikeda and Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Creepy will absolutely give you the creeps. It's brilliant cinematography and near-perfect casting lead to a final product that will have audiences wincing. That being said, the story line drags and isn't as fleshed out as a 2 hour movie should be. (RAK:…

THE HANDMAIDEN

Ever since Oldboy (2003), Park Chan-wook has been one of the most exciting filmmakers out there. And with the recent release of The Handmaiden, adapted from Sarah Waters’s Fingersmith, he has proved yet again he is able to reinvent the thriller genre. Set in Japanese-occupied Korea in the 1930s, The Handmaiden revolves around a bright-eyed…

I'M NOT ASHAMED

From screenwriters Robin Hanley and Philipa A. Booyens comes I’m Not Ashamed, a Christian – but predominantly human – story about the first victim of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. Rachel Scott’s story is breathtaking and heartbreaking in its simplicity – a child of divorce and a lover of God, a giver of joy…

THE UNCONDEMNED

The Uncondemned, written and directed by Michele Mitchell, takes an inside look at the first trial of rape as a war crime in history. The documentary follows the lives of lawyers and activists that charged Mayor Akeyesu with crimes against humanity, and shows interviews with the women who were brave enough to speak out against…

THE WHOLE TRUTH

Director Courtney Hunt’s thriller stars Keanu Reeves as a defense attorney for a high school senior accused of murdering his father. Although the courtroom drama feels like an extended version of a Law and Order episode, the performances and twisty script keep you in 93-minute-long suspense. (BKP: 4/5) Review by Managing Editor Brigid K. Presecky…