Currently Browsing: January 2016

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, […]

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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 … […]

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RABIN THE LAST DAY

In their docudrama, Rabin, the Last Day, co-writers Amos Gitai and Marie-Jose Sanselme utilize both dramatizations and live footage to recount the events that led to the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, and the implications of this event on Israel and Middle Eastern peace. (EML: 4.5/5) Review by FF2 Associate Eliana M. Levenson […]

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THE 5TH WAVE

Based on the novel of the same name, The 5th Wave, directed by J Blakeson is a high stakes teenage science fiction thriller that feels part Hunger Games, part alien apocalypse. The “Others” need our planet, and they intend to do anything in order to take it. The aliens attack in waves, slowly wiping out […]

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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. […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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MONKEY UP

From the creators of Air Bud, writers Kirsten Hansen, Anna McRoberts, and Robert Vince, bring us Monkey Up. A tale about an entitled monkey who believes he deserves better acting roles than the commercial spot he has been given. Monkey Up has the potential to be another great children’s movie, but sadly, this one is […]

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HO MANN JAHAAN

Ho Mann Jahaan is a 3-hour dramatic Pakistani coming of age story, delivered by a directing team that includes filmmaker Shehrazade Sheikh. Three friends seek to pursue music together once they graduate from college. But outside pressures build, and pursuing their dream of music within a conservative culture may not be as easy as planned. […]

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IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN

Writers Jean-Claude Carrière, Caroline Deruas-Garrel, Arlette Langman, and Philippe Garrel illustrate a sentimental and hilariously complicated romance. Casually set against Parisian architecture and in soft black-and-white, director Philippe Garrel crafts In the Shadow of Women beautifully. “Pierre” (Stanislas Merhar) and “Manon” (Clotilde Courau) seem to be having trouble with both their artistic ambitions and their […]

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Transition to Bechdel-Wallace Test!

FF2 Media is proud to announce the launch of The Bechdel-Wallace Test! Formerly known as “The Bechdel Test,” based on the 1985 comic strip by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the measurement of female significance in film is now “The Bechdel-Wallace Test.” The change honors Liz Wallace, a friend of Alison Bechdel and the originator of the test. How […]

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THE FOREST

Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer stars in a dual role as twin sisters, successful blondie “Sarah” and gothic, anxiety-ridden “Jess.” When Jess disappears in a Japanese forest (known for their infamous suicide rates) Sarah sets out on a journey to save her sister. Taylor Kinney co-stars as her hunky forest guide, the only highlight […]

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WAZIR

Written by a team of writers including Natasha Sahgal, and directed by Bejoy Nambiar, Wazir is quite an odd combo—part action film, part Chess playing drama. When a cop loses his young daughter from the bullet of criminal he was after, he befriends an old man who also lost his daughter at the hands of […]

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OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN

Diane Marshall-Green stars as “Samantha Trassler,” the daughter of a famous artist whose recent death kicks off the plot. After blowing off her respectable friend Josh–who may or may not have been the father’s assistant but definitely aspires to be the daughter’s lover–Sam takes up with a family of street people headed by a patriarchal junkie named P.K. […]

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YOSEMITE

Three kids who share the same 5th grade classroom have portentous coming-of-age adventures vaguely connected to the growing presence of mountain lions on the outskirts of their upscale suburban community. OK, I get it: Boys will be boys… And filmmaker Gabrielle Demeestere–who both wrote and directed a screenplay based on stories by James Franco–doesn’t need permission from […]

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