THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD

Filmmaker Jen Senko’s documentary The Brainwashing of My Dad shows the transformation of her father’s political views from a Kennedy-loving Democrat to a crazed, right-wing extremist. Although the film only points out the problems – and suggests little solutions – Senko succeeds in highlighting one of America’s ever-growing problems: “the media.” (BKP: 3/5) Review by…

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MY GOLDEN DAYS

Returning home after many years abroad, a French intellectual–now in middle age–finds himself bombarded by memories (with precious few actual face-to-face encounters). Unfortunately,  director Arnaud Desplechin’s film (which he co-wrote with screenwriter Julie Peyr) is solipsistic in the extreme, and since “Paul” (Mathieu Amalric) doesn’t really seem to care about anyone but himself, it becomes very hard…

THE PREPPIE CONNECTION

The Preppie Connection, written by Ashley Rudden and Joseph Castelo, is a thought-provoking drama based on the incredible true story about one teen’s desire to fit in. And how that desire led him to smuggle three hundred thousand dollars worth of cocaine across the U.S. border in 1984. (JEP: 4/5) Review by Contributing Editor Jessica…

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SWEET BEAN

Directed and adapted by Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase, Sweet Bean tells the story of a pancake shop, its caretaker “Sentaro” (Masatoshi Nagase), and of the people who find refuge there. When elderly “Tokue” (the absolutely charming Kirin Kiki) offers her expertise at making the bean paste for Sentaro’s pancake confections, the caretaker realizes what her…