Currently Browsing: February 2019

‘The Competition’ exposes troubling inner workings of France’s Elite Film Institute

The Competition (2016) follows the application process of France’s premier film institute La Fémis. Claire Simon’s observational style delivers moments of insight and honesty that are enough to keep any viewer thoroughly engaged. Even so, there are times when this documentary film feels, perhaps unintentionally, directionless and obscured. (AG: 3.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Anika […]

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A glimpse into battling structural poverty and racism in ‘Wrestle’

Wrestle, written and directed by Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer, is an emotional coming-of-age documentary centering on four boys and their struggle for recognition by participating in their high school’s wrestling team, as an attempt to overcome the cycle of poverty they’ve been born into. (BV 4.0/5.0) Review by Intern Beatrice Viri Wrestle takes the […]

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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ fights for her identity

In Alita: Battle Angel, written by Laeta Kalogridis and James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez, an amnesiac cyborg discovers her instinct to fight— and uses this key to salvage her memory. (BV 3.0/5.0) Review by Intern Beatrice Viri Alita: Battle Angel is an adaptation of the Japanese cyberpunk series Battle Angel Alita/Gunnm by Yukito […]

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‘Birds of Passage’ is a frightening, striking masterpiece

During the 1960s marijuana craze in Colombia, an indigenous family finds itself further and further entrenched in a lucrative yet dangerously corrupt drug business. Directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra deliver the frightening yet startlingly beautiful masterpiece, Birds of Passage (in Spanish, Pájaros de verano) that chronicles this family’s rise and destruction. (RMM: 5/5) Review […]

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‘Fall in Love at First Kiss’ is a feel-good romantic comedy with cultural undertones

Fall in Love at First Kiss (Yi Wen Ding Qing in Mandarin), directed by Yu Shan Chen, is a charming romantic comedy about a ditzy and dedicated high school student named Yuan Xiang-Qin who sets her sights on Jiang Zhi-Shu (the most intelligent and popular boy in her school). (DLH: 3.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern […]

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Mumbai street rappers try to make it in ‘Gully Boy’

Gully Boy is a monumental and inspiring story about following your dreams in a world going against you. It follows street rappers trying to make it in Mumbai. (HRM: 4/5) Review by FF2 Intern Hannah Mayo “Murad” (Ranveer Singh) is a 22 year old boy living in the ghettos of Mumbai who has a passion […]

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Thoughtful satire ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ is a guaranteed laugh

Written by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox and Katie Silberman, Isn’t It Romantic is a satire about an Australian architect who is knocked out and wakes up in her own romantic comedy. Though its purpose in satirizing the genre of rom-coms is somewhat unclear, the satirical recreation of wildly unrealistic rom-com tropes is pretty much guaranteed […]

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‘The Unicorn’ brings courage and hope through the sound of music

Isabelle Dupuis and Tim Geraghty co-direct The Unicorn, a documentary about Peter Grudzien—the creator of the first openly gay country album. Dupuis and Geraghty’s film is not for the faint-hearted; it digs deep into a family wrought with mental disturbances where the musician finds his sole escape in the world of his music. (KIZJ: 3.5/5)

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‘Berlin, I Love You’ paints spectacularly horrid picture of Germany’s capital

Berlin, I Love You is a messy portrait of the capital of Germany that knits together ten short stories told from the perspective of ten different directors. (AG: 1/5 stars) Review by FF2 Intern Anika Guttormson Berlin, I Love You undertakes a difficult challenge in its compilation of ten different short stories but ultimately fails […]

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A proposal gone awry sparks countryside romance in ‘Under the Eiffel Tower’

 Under the Eiffel Tower is a romantic comedy co-written by Judith Godrèche, in which a middle-aged man is rejected by his best friend’s daughter but finds romance in the French countryside. (BV 3.0/5.0)  Review by Intern Beatrice Viri Under the Eiffel Tower starts off with protagonist Stuart (Matt Walsh) in a rut due to a […]

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‘Untogether’ is a fresh take on romance from first-time director Emma Forrest

Created by first-time writer and director Emma Forrest, ‘Untogether’ is about two sisters navigating their uncertain identities, troubled pasts, and imperfect relationships with men who are grappling with the same things. Though it lacks substance and cohesion at points, ‘Untogether’ is certainly a fresh take on romance. (JRL: 3/5) ‘Untogether’ opens with a one-night stand […]

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‘What Men Want’ is predictable fun

What Men Want is a refreshing and hilarious comedy that celebrates women and people of color. While it follows the formula of  Hollywood blockbusters, it will make you laugh and warm your heart. (HRM: 3/5) Review by FF2 Intern Hannah Mayo   Career driven sports agent “Ali Davis” (Taraji P. Henson) is constantly struggling to […]

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