Category Archives: Reviews: K-M

THE WRONG LIGHT (2016): Review by Roza Melkumyan

Directors Josie Swantek Heitz’s and Dave Adams’ documentary The Wrong Light takes place in Thailand, where the business of human trafficking is prevalent. The film begins by diving into the personal story of activist Mickey Choothesa, focusing on his work … Continue reading

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MISTER UNIVERSO (2016): Review by Georgi Presecky

Director Tizza Covi and longtime film partner Rainer Frimmel follow the life of a circus lion tamer who loses something important to him in Mister Universo, an Italian drama with surprising depth, realistic friendships and a poignant portrait of the monotony … Continue reading

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LADY MACBETH (2016): Review by Elyse Thaler

Based on the 1865 Russian novella, “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” by Nikolai Leskov, and adapted for the screen by Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth is a chilling period drama about “Katherine’s” (Florence Pugh) loveless marriage to “Alexander” (Paul Hilton), the metaphorical … Continue reading

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LOOK & SEE – A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY: Review by Rachel Kastner (2016)

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry is less a portrait of the American novelist-poet-farmer than it is a portrait of the issues facing rural American farming communities. In this documentary, directed by Laura Dunn and Jef Sewell, the audience … Continue reading

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MARIE CURIE (2017): Review by Georgi Presecky

Writer-director Marie Noelle explores the personal struggles of the titular scientist in Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge. (GEP: 3.5/5) Review by Social Media Manager Georgiana E. Presecky Students might remember Marie Curie’s name emboldened on the pages of their … Continue reading

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MAUDIE (2016): Review by Elly Levenson

In this understated BioPic, director Aisling Walsh and screenwriter Sherry White explore the dark circumstances that served as the starting point for the paintings of Maud Lewis. Though not well-known [yet] in the USA, Lewis --who lived her entire life … Continue reading

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LOST IN PARIS (2016): Review by Rachel Kastner

A beautifully colorful and artistically whimsical film, Lost In Paris enchants the eyes, ears and hearts of its viewers –never allowing a second of screen time to be mundane. From directors Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, this film comes to … Continue reading

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MEGAN LEAVEY (2017): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Kate Mara gives a beautifully modulated performance as a young woman who finds her life's purpose as a member of the US Marine Corp's K-9 unit. Partnered with Rex -- a ferocious German Shepherd who is as much a canine misfit as Megan is … Continue reading

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LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD (2016): Sneak Peek by Jan Lisa Huttner

Look closely at this photo. What do you see? This photo was taken in Egypt during the Cairo Conference of 1921. The two men on camels are Sir Winston Churchill (left) and T.E. Lawrence aka "Lawrence of Arabia" (right). And the … Continue reading

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LIKE CRAZY (2016): Review by Georgi Presecky

Screenwriter Francesca Archibugi’s film Like Crazy (La Pazza Gioia) is the story of an unlikely friendship between two patients at an Italian psychiatric facility. These two women believe breaking out of the physical walls that hold them will set them free, … Continue reading

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