THE RED CARD

Written and directed by Dana Brawer, our filmmaker to watch, The Red Card does not shy away from pressing social issues. Instead, Brawer focuses her lens on the realities of sexual assault in high school, effectively opening a dialog instead of closing one. When “Sam” (Amber Collins-Ives) gets an invite to the most coveted party…

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IRUDHI SUTTRU/SAALA KHADOOS

Fabulous film set in Chennai–on India’s southeast coast–uses all the well-known boxing tropes to tell the story of a young woman who refuses to stay down. Kudos to writer/director Sudha Kongara for introducing a new feminist shero girls everywhere will root for with pride. (JLH: 4.5/5) JLH NOTE: Unfortunately, Sala Khadoos is not available at this time, however,…

KUNG FU PANDA 3

Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s Kung Fu Panda 3 reunites “Po” (Jack Black) with his biological father, “Li Shan” (Bryan Cranston) in an enjoyable, heartwarming third installment of the Dreamworks franchise. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky When “Master Shifu” (Dustin Hoffman) announces his retirement, he hands the reigns over to Po ……

THE BOY

Screenwriter Stacey Menear draws viewers into an eerie mansion as American nanny “Greta,” (Lauren Cohan) babysits an eight-year-old, life-sized doll. The unpredictable and peculiar plot engages viewers for the majority of the film, making them wonder if young “Brahms” is a real boy, haunting his new housekeeper. (BKP: 3.5/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K.…

CAGED NO MORE

Inspired by a true story, Caged No More tackles the serious subject of human sex trafficking. Director/co-writer Lisa Arnold and writer Molly Venzke do their best to shed a light on a seldom-discussed topic, however, the film struggles to maintain momentum. (BKP:  2.5/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Desperate “Aggie Prejean” (Loretta Devine)…

IP MAN 3

Director Wilson Yip and screenwriters Tai-Li Chan, Lai-yin Leung, and Edmond Wong have created the third chapter of the Ip Man series, paying tribute to master martial artist and teacher Yip Man. Like the other Ip Man movies, the third is heavy on action and speed. A number of high-stakes subplots concern the future of…