Currently Browsing: February 19, 2016

MAVIS!

Jubilant new BioDoc about Chicago singer Mavis Staples. Her phenomenal career began in Gospel but her unique voice finds a home in multiple settings and her upbeat personality is embraced by every generation. Kudos to filmmaker Jessica Edwards and HBO for bring Mavis and the Staple Singers to the screen. (JLH: 4/5) Top Photo: Joe Alper/Courtesy of […]

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NEERJA

Neerja is a stunning biographical thriller from India. With a skillful team of filmmakers, including screenwriter Sanyukta Shaikh Chawla, the film is incredibly well done and features moving performances from its talented cast. Based on the real life hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in 1986, the film tells the remarkable true story of how […]

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RACE (2016)

Stephan James stars in this inspiring, albeit slowly paced, true story of as 1936 Olympic Gold Medalist Jesse Owens. Although the elements are there: breaking through boundaries, tackling racism and incorporating Hitler’s Nazi regime, it takes around 90 minutes for Race to turn into something more than a lackluster biopic. (BKP: 3.5/5) Review by Associate […]

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AFF 2016 Begins

Ring the bells: The fifth annual Athena Film Festival opened at Barnard College in Manhattan last night under the magnificent leadership of Co-Founders Kathryn “Kitty” Kolbert and Melissa Silverstein. And this year, FF2 Media is a Silver Level Co-Sponsor 🙂 The first film was Dawn Porter’s Trapped about the consequences of new TRAP laws–Targeted Regulation […]

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