Currently Browsing: May 26, 2017

BERLIN SYNDROME (2017): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Berlin Syndrome is named for both the city in which the film takes place, and Stockholm Syndrome, the psychological condition where a prisoner falls in love with their captor. From that title, you might guess that it’s a story about Stockholm Syndrome, taking place in Berlin, and you’d be very correct. Director Cate Shortland takes […]

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BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB – ADIOS (2017): Review by Georgi Presecky

Lucy Walker’s Buena Vista Social Club: Adios is a sentimental farewell to a musical group that brought Cuba’s culture to life for viewers in the 1999 film Buena Vista Social Club. With moments of pure fun and others of sad contemplation, Walker’s film is a reflection of changing times, but also a love letter to […]

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RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN

What does it take to be a ballerina? What does it take to be one of the best ballerinas in the world? We’ve sat through enough images of broken toes, stressful auditions, and tedious rehearsals to know that the journey to the center stage is long and onerous. Perfection is essential and everything less so […]

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THE WOMEN’S BALCONY (2016): Sneak Peek by Jan Lisa Huttner

Set in a close-knit community in Jerusalem, The Women’s Balcony is a parable about what happens when bad things happen to good people. But rather than weep and wail, screenwriter Shlomit Nehama, and director Emil Ben-Shimon create a joyous dramedy about faith and fellowship. Highly recommended! One of the best films of the year in any language. (JLH: […]

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