Currently Browsing: March 2019

The Brink reveals Bannon’s true character through cinéma vérité

The Brink, directed by Alison Klayman, documents former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon’s efforts to align with far-right world leaders and spread his nationalist agenda around the world. The film is expertly nuanced in position, and although it might appear to give Bannon the attention he loves, it succeeds in undermining him at every […]

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Teen girl friendship and sexuality in ‘Slut in a Good Way’

From French-Canadian filmmakers Sophie Lorain and Catherine Léger, Slut in a Good Way is a comedy about three friends who start working in a toy shop–one where there are so many cute boys. The film celebrates teen girlhood, sexual freedom, and the special humor shared among best friends. (AEL: 4/5)

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‘A Vigilante’ is a powerful must-see

Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s directorial debut A Vigilante is a moving and incredibly important story about one woman’s journey to heal from domestic abuse. It is compassionate, beautiful, and deserves to be celebrated.. (HRM: 4/5) Review by FF2 Intern Hannah Mayo Sadie lives on the road working as a vigilante who helps people who are victims of […]

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WORKING WOMAN (2018): Review by Farah Elattar

A film by feminist filmmaker Michal Aviad, Working Woman chronicles the painful story of a woman who returns to the workplace to support her family and their new business, and is faced with increased sexual harassment from her employer, in a job she comes to depend on. (FEA: 5/5) “Orna” (Liron Ben Shlush) finds her […]

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BUDDY (2018): Review by Katharine Cutler

Directed by Heddy Honigmann, Buddy is more than just a movie about dogs; its emotional depth and respect for the subjects propels it miles above its peers. Buddy takes a long look at the special relationship that people have with their dogs. (KC: 4.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Katharine Cutler Buddy is an emotionally intense […]

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Patricia Clarkson leads neo-noir homicide investigation in ‘Out of Blue’

Based on Martin Amis’ 1997 novel “Night Train,” Patricia Clarkson stars as a lead investigator in the death of a leading astrophysicist (Mamie Gummer). Although the stellar cast is more compelling than the story itself, the science fiction elements make director Carl Morley’s Out of Blue a unique homicide puzzle to piece together. (BKP: 3.5/5) […]

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‘Roll Red Roll’ Delivers Honest Look Into The Toxic Masculinity That Defines One Small Town

Director Nancy Schwartzman delivers a hard-hitting portrait of a small Ohio town that is forced to reconcile with a culture that keeps women from coming forward about assault and the technology that helped a young woman find justice. (AG: 4/5) Review by FF2 Intern Anika Guttormson [Content warning for mentions of sexual assault] Budding director […]

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A never-ending search in historical drama ‘Sunset’

In Sunset, directed and written by László Nemes and co-written with Clara Royer, a young woman travels to Budapest in order to work for her family’s namesake. She discovers an estranged brother, and pandemonium follows as she attempts to learn more familial secrets. (BV 3.0/5.0) Review by Intern Beatrice Viri Sunset starts with introducing protagonist […]

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‘The Aftermath’ of WWII leaves people lost and heartbroken

Anna Waterhouse co-writes The Aftermath, directed by James Kent, where Keira Knightley plays the new guest to Hamburg from England, a destroyed German city. The beautiful film shows many dark and ominous images and disgusting truths mixed in a conflicted whirlwind romance. (SYJ: 4/5)   Review written by FF2 Media Intern Sophia Y. Jin Set […]

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‘Captive State’ another gloomy envisioning of dystopian America

Erica Beeney co-writes with director Rupert Wyatt, creating a sci-fi thriller with the help of a stellar cast, including John Goodman as William Mulligan, a Chicago police officer tasked with fighting an invading alien force. For fans of the impending-doom genre or those willing to dissect the political commentary, Captive State could be captivating. For […]

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FIVE FEET APART (2019): Review by FF2 Media

Saccharine, sappy, and sentimental, Five Feet Apart is a tale of love in the time of cystic fibrosis. While I am not the kind of person typically targeted by romantic comedies and therefore need to give both rom-coms and YA movies a certain benefit of the doubt in this review, I still have to say […]

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‘The Mustang’ Exhibits Moving Portrait of a Changed Inmate

The Mustang frontlines American inmate Roman Coleman as he struggles to overcome his temper so he can remain eligible for the outdoors rehabilitation program at his prison. Here he must put aside his own demons and learn what it means to be patient in order to tame an unbreakable stallion. (AG: 3.5/5 stars) Review by […]

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Summer vacation takes a “supernatural” turn in ‘Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase’

  In Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, directed by Katt Shea and written by Nina Fiore, Nancy Drew and her friends partake in a spooky summer adventure as they investigate a seemingly haunted mansion and expose a hidden conspiracy. (BV 3.5/5.0) Review by Intern Beatrice Viri Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase introduces the […]

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‘Captain Marvel’ saves the day

Brie Larson stars in the new award-winning Marvel movie, Captain Marvel, co-directed by Anna Boden. Available in 4Dx, the immersive experience gives the action movie an extra punch. Based on the infamous Stan Lee comics, “Carol Danvers” (Brie Larson) saves the world from terror using the only power needed: girl power. (SYJ: 5/5) Review written […]

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‘Ferrante Fever’ against the author’s wishes

Elena Ferrante is one of Italy’s internationally most popular authors, yet – in using a pseudonym and insisting that her works should speak for themselves – remains an intriguing mystery to mass media and readers alike. In this documentary of classic interviewee format, director Giacomo Durzi and screenwriter Laura Buffoni have literary personae talk about […]

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GLORIA BELL (2018): Review by FF2 Media

Sebastián Lelio’s new feature Gloria Bell means well but falls short in real substance. It is a confusingly dazzling portrait of a woman finding happiness and excitement later in life. (HRM: 2/5) Review by FF2 Intern Hannah Mayo Free-spirited “Gloria Bell” (Julianne Moore) is looking to balance her life in LA as a divorcee in […]

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Alcohol abuse takes its toll in compelling drama ‘I’m Not Here’

Written and directed by Michelle Schumacher, I’m Not Here is a film about an old man reflecting on his past, working through trauma and learning to find peace with his life’s biggest regret through vivid flashbacks of an earlier time. Though it has issues with the substance of its narrative, I’m Not Here demonstrates real talent […]

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Matt Smith captures a visionary in ‘Mapplethorpe’

Director Ondi Timoner paints a portrait of an artist in her Tribeca Film Festival award-winning biopic Mapplethorpe. The impeccable Matt Smith disappears into controversial artist Robert Mapplethorpe in this memorable lead role, following the evolution of a trailblazing photographer. (BKP: 3.5/5) Timoner’s fascination with her subject matter shines through in Mapplethorpe, balancing audience’s perceptions of […]

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‘Styx’ is a searing drama on the open sea

With two compelling co-stars and a tight, heart-wrenching plot, Styx is a drama that’s hard to get out of your head. (AEL: 4.5/5)

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‘Water Makes Us Wet’ is an underwhelming ecosexual adventure

Written and directed by partners Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, Water Makes Us Wet: An Ecosexual Adventure is a documentary about the ecosexual community and our impact on our world today through our destruction of the planet. Annie and Beth are ecosexuals, educators, and activists that travel across California to take a better look at […]

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