Submergence is a perfect example of a story that would have been better served by not employing Hollywood stars. Resisting the attraction of the many close-ups on the stunningly made-up Vikander, or McAvoy’s tantalizing and immensely blue eyes, perhaps the washy story would have stayed longer on the drawing table and a more focused rewrite…
Vazante is painful to watch. Director and co-writer Daniela Thomas challenges the viewers in both subject matter and execution, but if you can stay with the long takes, presented without score and without color, a slow momentum is created that leads to an extraordinarily powerful ending. (MJJ: 3.5/5)
32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide is Hope Litoff’s directorial debut and depicts her experience of coming to terms with her sister, New York artist, Ruth Litoff’s suicide seven years earlier. Unfortunately, the film is hampered by an unfinished storyline and overlooked details. (MJJ: 3/5)
Director Rebecca Cammisa’s documentary is a testament to the minimizing and denying by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the danger that exists in North County, and how the sacrifice of war is always the greatest in communities furthest from the decision-makers in Washington D.C. (MJJ: 4.5/5).
Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman is the fictional behind-the-scenes flick about the creators of the comic book heroine Wonder Woman. Director and writer Angela Robinson’s story is as visceral and multifaceted as its muse, if given the open-minded attention it deserves. MJJ: 4/5