Currently Browsing: November 2016

ALWAYS SHINE

Takals’s film Always Shine successfully utilizes the best elements of several genres, excellent sound design, to produce a final product that is all at once horrifying and beautiful. The story is simple: two young actresses whose friendship has been tainted by one woman’s success and the other’s lack of success. But the film is incredibly […]

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BADEN BADEN (2016)

Twentysomething at lose ends returns home (in this case the city of Strasbourg on the border between France and Germany) to visit the grandmother who has long been her anchor. Writer/director Rachel Lang succeeds in making Ana totally real and totally loveble. Although the action is jumpy with poor continuity between scenes, the tone of each episode is […]

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BAD SANTA 2

Bad Santa 2 brings back the alcoholic con artist who masqueraded as a not-so-jolly old St. Nicholas in the 2003 original. Starring a wasted Billy Bob Thornton – implying both connotations of “wasted” – Shauna Jones and her co-writers will make audiences’ stomachs churn with this overly vulgar heist flick. (BKP & GEP: 2/5) Review […]

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Behind “The Cove”-The Quiet Japanese Speak Out

Behind “The Cove”-The Quiet Japanese Speak Out is filmmaker Keiko Yagi’s response to The Cove, which won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. In her bold pursuit of the truth, Yagi produces a film that breaks down the whaling industry, explains the historical significance of whaling, and bravely highlights the one-sidedness of […]

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THE C WORD

A scathing expose of the cultural and industry contributors to the current cancer epidemic, Meghan O’Hara’s The C Word provides an easily digestible education to the public on the lifestyle choices that contribute to cancer risk, while providing guidelines for creating healthier habits.  (EML: 3.5/5) Review by FF2 Associate Eliana M. Levenson Documentary filmmaker Meghan […]

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DEAR ZINDAGI

Director Guari Shinde’s Dear Zindagi is a refreshing take on the romantic comedy, where romance exists but is not all we see from our female protagonist “Kaira” (Alia Bhatt). Kaira is driven in her career as a cinematographer, but when a setback forces her to move back home, she is able to finally confront her […]

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EVOLUTION

Opens this week in NYC. Review coming soon…

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3000 NIGHTS

When an innocent Palestinian woman is thrown into a jail cell with Israeli women, her life becomes a living hell as she struggles to survive. Unfortunately, it is only the beginning for this young schoolteacher, she faces almost a decade of long nights, hard days, and endless fighting. 3000 Layla, also known as 3000 Nights, […]

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MARIAM

Congratulations to the team behind NYC’s first Arab Cinema Week! The schedule featured FIVE films directed by women filmmakers & FF2 is proud to announce that we saw every single one!

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NARAWA (2015)

Narawa is a young woman living in a Cairo slum during the early days of the Arab Spring. When the film opens, her life is full of hope. Hosnei Mubarak has been deposed, and for the first time in their lives, ordinary people are feeling their collective power. They genuinely believe that their lives will get […]

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TICKLING GIANTS

Congratulations to the team behind NYC’s first Arab Cinema Week! The schedule featured FIVE films directed by women filmmakers & FF2 is proud to announce that we saw every single one!

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RESILIENCE

During the 1990s, Dr. Robert Anda and Dr. Vincent Felitti discovered the connection between emotional childhood trauma and physical health risks. While not well received at the time, by some, it intrigued and informed the masses. Their  research study, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) asked people about their health and difficulties in their childhoods. Writer/Editor […]

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A STREET CAT NAMED BOB

A heartbreaking portrayal of drug addiction and homelessness, writers Maria Nation and Tim John’s cinematic rendition of the true story and bestselling novel,  A Street Cat Named Bob, forces audiences to stare the horrors of these issues in the face with bluntness and honesty. (EML: 4/5) Review by FF2 Associate Eliana M. Levenson The film […]

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DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (2016)

25 years after its world theatrical premiere at NYC’s Film Forum, Julie Dash’s groundbreaking Daughters of the Dust (originally released in 1991) returns in a stunning new restoration. The Peazant family is divided by tradition and the modern times of 1902 in Daughters of the Dust, a riveting film about the Gullahs (descendants of African slaves […]

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THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

Written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, The Edge of Seventeen is being called an “instant teen classic,” compared to the likes of Clueless, Mean Girls and Juno. What was promoted as a comedic, heartwarming depiction of teen angst feels more like a missed opportunity. The relatable message of The Edge of Seventeen unfortunately gets […]

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FANTASTIC BEASTS & WTFT

Full Title = Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them For those of us nostalgic for the Harry Potter days, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the highly anticipated return to the wizarding world. If you’re looking for pure entertainment, to be transported to a new, yet familiar, magical world, then Fantastic Beasts […]

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MAGNUS

Magnus Carlsen, deemed the Mozart of chess, is a prodigy who works his way to India’s 2013 World Chess Championship, facing five-time defender Viswanathan Anand. Written by Linn-Jeanethe Kyed, Magnus is a documentary 10 years in the making (from 2004 to 2014). While the movie was interesting and intense at times, it was a bit […]

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MARATHON: PATRIOT’S DAY BOMBING

Writer/Directors Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg’s Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing takes viewers back to Boylston Street, documenting the lives of the families who were impacted by a moment of terror that forever changed the city of Boston, the country and the world. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by Managing Editor Brigid K. Presecky April 15, 2013: […]

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THE RED TURTLE

The Red Turtle (screenplay by French writer Pascale Ferran) is an animated story of a washed up man on a seemingly deserted island, whose only inhabitants are crabs, birds, and of course, turtles. His prospects of survival seem hopeless until one day his path crosses with a beautiful red turtle. (EBT: 4.5/5) Review by FF2 […]

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THE LOVE WITCH

Written, produced and directed by Anna Biller, The Love Witch is aptly titled. It follows a witch…looking for love… And that’s about as in-depth as it gets, aside from Biller’s attempt to make a kitschy noir that feels like it’s from a different era. The entire film tries so hard to be novel and strange […]

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NATIONAL BIRD

This documentary follows the stories of three whistleblowers who were a part of the U.S. drone program. The film follows these veterans closely through the aftermath of their actions, and provides an inside look on the effects of the drone war, which has been kept hidden from the public eye. Daring, fearless, and chilling, Director Sonia […]

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SHUT IN

Unlike its marketing campaign as a spooky horror film, Christina Hodson’s thriller tells the disturbing story of a mother caring for her paralyzed son in an isolated, snow-covered mansion. Shut In’s the stellar cast of Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt and Jacob Tremblay strengthen a questionable, less-than-thrilling plot that leaves you with questions and very little […]

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DON’T CALL ME SON

Writer/Director Anna Muylaert brings to life the absolute and utter chaos that one family endures in her film Mãe Só Há Uma also known as Don’t Call Me Son. The film is about what happens when two kids suddenly discover they are not their mother’s children. It deals with the struggle to accept ones new […]

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THE AMBASSADOR’S WIFE

This short feature from Israel–playing this week in the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema–is a poignant and beautifully acted drama directed by Dina Zvi-Riklis, working once again with her frequent collaborator Alma Ganihar (who also wrote the screenplays for The Fifth Heaven and Three Mothers). Ester Rada stars as the wife of the Eritrean Ambassador to […]

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