AT THE FORK

From husband-wife team John and Lisa Papola, At The Fork is an educational documentary about the exploitation of farm animals and the disconnect between these “living, thinking beings” and the meat on our plates. The film’s strengths lie in information provided by its featured farmers and less in its saccharine attempts to evoke sympathy in its…

MEN GO TO BATTLE

It ain’t right. Something is missing. Either a plot or a spirit. Whatever it is takes away the merits of the set, the costume, and the camera. Despite the heroic feat to film a civil war movie on a limited budget, Men Go to Battle leaves little impression. Nobody is against a slow-moving picture on…

THE MERMAID

China’s biggest box office winner tackles the subject of pollution and the ever-present and continuous threat it poses to our world. Director Stephen Chow and a team of screenwriters, including Miu-Kei Ho and Ivy Kong, use fantastical elements to drive home the importance of this issue, interweaving a romantic storyline throughout, between a powerful businessman…

NORMAN LEAR JAVOY

Directed by Oscar-nominated documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is a chronicle of Norman Lear (one of the greatest television producers and writers that has ever lived). Now 94 years old, Lear changed the game of prime-time television in the 1970s. Ewing and Grady break the fourth wall…