FED UP

It’s the Worst Case Scenario: An excellent film is released that is timely, informative, and directed by a woman filmmaker (Stephanie Soechtig)… And yet the implications of Fed Up are so discouraging that I left the theater ready to pull the covers over my head. Journalist/activist Katie Couric is great as the narrator/champion who is leading the…

MOM'S NIGHT OUT

Quick-paced comedy about a happily married Mom who sets off on a night out with her GalPals… and hilarious consequences ensue! Yes, there is some “Christian Messaging” in the background, but I doubt there is a woman in America who will fail to relate to delicious Sarah Drew as “Allyson.” (JLH: 4/5) Click HERE for…

PALO ALTO

Debut feature by  Gia Coppola (the 3rd generation of Coppola filmmakers) focuses on the relationship between two teenage boys — “Teddy” (Jack Kilmer) and “Fred” (Nat Wolff) — who egg each other on to ever more dangerous behavior (drinking, drugs, reckless driving, etc). Kilmer and Wolff are both good, charismatic young actors, but Palo Alto…

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BHAJI at 20

“I know how personally empowering it is to show the world from my own perspective.” That’s what filmmaker Gurinder Chadha said last night at the New York Indian Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary celebration of her breakthrough film Bhaji on the Beach (which was originally released in the USA in May 1994). Since Bhaji’s release, Chadha…