Filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz takes her audience to the Philippines and the world’s busiest maternity ward. Motherland is a powerful insight into the lives and the struggles of women and mothers far away from Western society’s planned C-sections. (MJJ: 4/5)
Ung’s time and care to make this passion project into a masterpiece is evident in this biographical, and historical drama. The cinematography is whimsical and shows Loung’s childlike wonder, and as she matures, so do the camera techniques, in this stunning and devastating film. Full review coming soon!
A Chinese teenager learns Spanish in her new home of Buenos Aires, imagining the myriad of possibilities her future holds. Winner of the Best First Feature prize at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival, The Future Perfect (also known as El Futuro Perfecto) is a charming, honest portrayal of the human’s ability to adapt. (BKP: 4/5)
A very pretty film that rewards familiarity with Fellini’s work. Nancy Cartwright does a good job with surrealist dialogue and keeps the film’s emotional arc clear despite its more whimsical elements. It’s a matter of taste whether its aesthetics appeal, and whether the expressionistic style makes up for the relative lack of plot. (GPG: 3/5)
Director Marina Willer presents a first-person account of her family’s history as Jews in WWII in the doc Red Trees. Their survival of the Holocaust, and the resonance their migrant past still has is Willer’s focus in this autobiographical story of migrants reaching their dreams in spite of an unbelievably painful history. (GEP: 3.5/5)
An endearing rom com about “Alice's” (Reese Witherspoon) journey to become whole again after uprooting her family and turning forty. After a wild night out, Alice brings home three, much younger men. Her unexpected houseguests become an unlikely support system as Alice struggles to find balance in her new life. (EBT: 3.5/5)
Scotland Yard is grasping at straws after a series of seemingly disconnected murders sweep the streets of London. Written by Jane Goldman, The Limehouse Golem, based on the novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem by Peter Ackroyd, is a fantastic tale of love, revenge, and murder. (LMB: 4.5/5)