Currently Browsing: February 2017

MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI (2016): Snippet by Jan

Perfectly told tale of a French boy who is sent to a group home after his mother dies. Screenplay by award-winning filmmaker Céline Sciamma, best-known for her 2014 film Bande de filles (called Girlhood in English although Girl Gang would be a better translation), is based on Gilles Paris’ 2002 novel Autobiographie d’une Courgette. Animated with dazzling style and state […]

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KIKI (2016): Review by Lindsy

To everyone and anyone who has ever felt like an unsafe outsider, know that you are not alone. Know that underneath the hustle and raucous of New York City is the throbbing heartbeat of the Kiki scene singing “you’re safe, you’re safe, you’re safe” to any and all young adults who will listen. With help […]

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LOVESONG (2016): Review by Giorgi

Lovesong’s many excellent performances are both sensitive and satirical at once, and the cinematography, while less flashy than most, is unassuming and soft in its storytelling. Filmmaker So Yong Kim’s latest is a bittersweet, character-driven film about a young mother and the long-time best friend who becomes her lover, with an ending not altogether happy […]

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AMERICAN FABLE (2016): Review by Lindsy

American Fable, written and directed by Anne Hamilton, is the fairytale thriller of a young pre-teen “Gitty” (Peyton Kennedy) and her family’s struggle to make ends meet when a corporation comes to buy all the farms. Feeling left out from the financial situation by her parents and older brother, Gitty is left alone with her […]

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FROM NOWHERE (2016): Review by Lindsy

While other teenagers worry about prom and college, this film follows three students from the Bronx who have much bigger things to worry about. Unlike their friends, they are undocumented. With the help of a kindhearted teacher and lawyer they hope to stay in the US and attend college, but will they be able to […]

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1 NIGHT (2016): Review by Brigid

Writer/Director Minhal Baig tests the boundaries of time in a reflective drama about young love, fading love and one eventful night at a Los Angeles hotel. Anna Camp and Justin Chatwin star as a married couple who are reminded, by an unlikely source, of why they fell in love in the first place. A sweet […]

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A UNITED KINGDOM (2016): Review by Elyse Thaler

A United Kingdom, directed by Amma Asante (best known for the 2013 film Belle), is based on the true story of the marriage of Seretse Khama from Bechuanaland (now the nation of Botswana) and his English wife Ruth Williams. Their love does not come without a fight as they must both battle against the racism […]

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I AM JANE DOE

I Am Jane Doe is a harrowing documentary about the disturbing and abusive world of child trafficking. Painful in its honesty and incredibly informative, the Mary Mazzio film is honing in on a horrifying online world that is only growing while most Americans aren’t paying attention. (GEP: 4.5/5) Review by Social Media Manager Georgiana E. […]

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KEDI

Kedi takes the Internet’s fascination with cat gifs and videos to an extreme level, following the stray cats that inhabit the streets of Istanbul and become quiet allies to its residents. (GEP: 3.5/5) Review by Social Media Manager Georgiana E. Presecky Montages of cats of all sizes, ages and colors wandering the streets are depicted […]

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RUNNING WILD

When widow Stella Davis is left with a sea of debt, she enlists the help of convicts to rehabilitate a herd of wild horses and bring life back to her ranch. Sharon Stone stars as the greedy activist opposite Dorian Brown in this feel-good, sometimes preachy Running Wild. (BKP: 3.5/5) Review by Managing Editor Brigid […]

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SEX DOLL

Written and directed by Sylvie Verheyde, Sex Doll is surprising in its poignant and raw take on modern day romance. Set in London, the film follows “Virginie” (Hafsia Herzi), a high class call girl, as she begins to question her life and career when a handsome stranger, “Rupert” (Ash Stymest), enters her life and turns […]

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SPEED SISTERS

In this fast-paced documentary, director Amber Fares gets up close and personal with the members of the Speed Sisters, the first all female car racing team in the Arab world, as they struggle with their identities as women, Muslims, athletes, and Palestinians. (EML: 3/5) Review by FF2 Associate Eliana M. Levenson Meet the Speed Sisters, […]

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THE LURE (2015): Review by Katusha Jin

The Lure is Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s debut feature-length film. Originally named órki dancingu, which literally translates as “Daughters of the Dance Club”, this horror musical film is about two mermaids, “Silver” (Marta Mazurek) and “Gold” (Michaline Olszanska) who become fascinated with their new lifestyle as humans. They join a family of musicians and explore the world humans live in whilst performing at an adult entertainment club. However, the choice between staying a mermaid and becoming a human begins to create a divide between the sisters, who cannot live without one another. (KIZJ: 3.5/5)

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SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN (2016): Review by Kimi Kumar

Directed by Maggie Greenwald, Sophie and the Rising Sun is a wartime melodrama that meets interracial romance. Set in the fall of 1941, in the days leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Southern white woman, “Sophie” (Julianne Nicholson), and a mysterious Japanese man, “Grover” (Takashi Yamaguchi), fall in love in a small […]

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THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS

Renowned documentarian Barbara Kopple teams up with Youtube star Gigi Gorgeous to bring Gigi’s gender transition to the screen. From her Youtube channel’s beginnings in makeup tutorial videos, we follow her through surgery and down runways as she seeks to find, and be, herself. (GPG: 3.5/5) Review by FF2 Contributor Giorgi Plys-Garzotto (with Two Cents […]

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