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ALEX OF VENICE

Sweet, earnest, perfectly-crafted first feature from actor Chris Messina about an LA family in transition. The delicate plot is graced with wonderful performances in all major and minor roles. Low-key and luminous. Directed by Chris Messina. Screenplay by Jessica Goldberg, Katie Nehra, and Justin Shilton. Not yet seen by Rich. (JLH: 4/5) ************************* "Roger" (Don…

THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT

Review of The Human Experiment by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Dana Nachman’s documentary studies the correlation between chemicals in everyday products and the increasing health defects infiltrating America. The film intimately follows three women and their stories of infertility, autism, and painful skin conditions, along with other environmental issues lobbied for lawmakers to change.…

THE ROAD WITHIN

Review of The Road Within by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Gren Wells' road trip dramedy tells the story of three young mental facility patients and their fun-filled car ride of misadventure, mayhem and their imminent friendship. However clichéd the plot, the well-intentioned film recovers thanks to its sincerity and performances from Robert Sheehan, Zoë…

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IT HAPPENED HERE

Review of It Happened Here by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky  Lisa F. Jackson’s timely documentary It Happened Here follows five young women as they share their testimonies of surviving sexual assault. Through intimate interviews, the film documents harrowing first-hand accounts of rape on America’s college campuses. (BKP: 5/5) ************************************ Angie Epifano. Kylie Angell. Sarah O’Brien. Carolyn…

FREETOWN

Well-intentioned but ultimately unsuccessful dramatization of a true story about Mormon missionaries caught in the middle of the Liberian Civil War. Directed by Garrett Batty who wrote the screenplay with Melissa Leilani Larson. NOT YET SEEN BY RICH. (JLH: 3/5) ************************* At great personal risk, a Liberian man named "Phillip Abubakar" (Henry Adofo) agrees to drive…

IN COUNTRY

Well-intentioned by ultimately confusing muddle about a group of guys who tromp around the woods of Western Oregon pretending they are "on patrol" in Vietnam. Co-Directed by Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara. Not yet seen by Rich. (JLH: 3/5) ************************* Full-Disclosure: I am a member of the Vietnam War Generation. I fought about about the War in Vietnam…