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THE STRANGE ONES (2017): Review by Lindsy M. Bissonnette

When a young teenage boy and his older brother are on the run, memories, reality, and fantasy blur together into a haze of chaos and confusion. The Strange Ones, written and directed by Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff, is part disturbing-thriller, part bizarre drama. (LMB: 2.5/5)

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KANGAROO (2017): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

In absolute darkness, a single shot explodes through the night and is immediately followed by a soft thump as another kangaroo hits the ground. Deeply disturbing and eye-opening, Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story, Kate McIntyre Clere and Michael McIntyre’s documentary, is a must-see. (LMB: 4/5)

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MISS KIET’S CHILDREN (2016): Review by Lindsy M. Bissonnette

Writer/director Petra Lataster-Czisch, through complete neutrality, shows us Kiet Engel’s strict but never cruel methods of teaching children who have just escaped a war-torn country in the documentary MISS KIET’S CHILDREN (De Kinderen van juf Kiet) (LMB: 4.5/5)

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ON WINGS OF EAGLES (2016): Review by Lindsy M. Bissonnette

With chaos raining down, all hope seems lost for those at The Courtyard of the Happy Way, a POW camp in China, until one man’s strength and faith helps unite them. (LMB: 3.5/5)

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Take My Nose…Please! (2017)

Director Joan Kron digs deep in this close-to-home doc about the good, bad, and the ugly moments of living in the limelight. Regardless of your understanding and involvement in show business, this is not to be missed! (LMB: 4.5/5) 

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THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (2017): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

Director Jennifer M. Kroot dives deep into the mind and past of Armistead Maupin in this gripping and revealing documentary. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin reveals the man behind the pen, and you won’t want to miss it. (LMB: 4.5/5)

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SHOT (2017): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

Shot is the story of one man’s journey from gunpoint to wheelchair, and his struggle to accept his prognosis after sustaining a gunshot wound to the chest. (LMB: 3.5/5)

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First They Killed My Father

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers opens on a moment of peace, and an unfortunately short-lived sliver of normalcy before chaos rains down on all of Cambodia in 1975. Writer Loung Ung and writer/director Angelina Jolie have created a film that follows a young child through her loss of innocence. (LMB: 4.5/5)

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THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2016): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

Scotland Yard is grasping at straws after a series of seemingly disconnected murders sweep the streets of London. Written by Jane Goldman, The Limehouse Golem, based on the novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem by Peter Ackroyd, is a fantastic tale of love, revenge, and murder. (LMB: 4.5/5)

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I DO… UNTIL I DON’T (2017): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

Written and directed by Lake Bell, I Do…Until I Don’t is a great end of summer comedy, exploring matrimony, happiness, envy, and insecurity. Hilarious and sweet.  (LMB: 3.5/5)

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WHOSE STREETS? (2017): Review By Lindsy Bissonnette

Every now and then a film comes along and acts as a much needed wakeup call. As we “like” and “retweet” images and articles, the horrors of Ferguson remain a reality to the residents affected by police brutality. Whose Streets? is a documentary you won’t want to miss. Directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, […]

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WOMEN WHO KILL (2016): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

When two ex-lovers try to remain friends, calamity ensues as their female-serial-killer podcast starts to become their reality when they think there may be a serial killer among them. Writer/director Ingrid Jungermann does triple duty by also starring as “Morgan,” who goes through every emotion while living in a reality that she’s only ever researched. […]

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GIRLS TRIP (2017): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

Written by Erica Rivinoja, Tracy Oliver, and Kenya Barris, and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, Girls Trip is the story of four best friends reuniting in New Orleans for a weekend of well-deserved fun. Unfortunately, they’re all in for more than they bargained for when old friends, and new enemies, appear. Girls Trip hits home […]

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ROUGH NIGHT (2017): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

Looking for a night of fun, friends, and pandemonium? Then Rough Night is an absolute must-see. Written by Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, and directed by Lucia Aniello, this is the story of what happens when you mix five best friends, drugs, and jealousy into a bachelorette party, which goes horribly, horribly wrong in […]

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WONDER WOMAN (2017): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

In the middle of the ocean, hidden in a veil of fog and darkness, is a protective shield against the outside world, and in it is the beautiful island of Themiscyra. Safe from the cruelty of humanity, this is where the Amazonian women have survived since the creation of time, after the fall of the […]

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ICAROS: A VISION (2016): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

When one young woman refuses to accept the hopelessness of her diagnosis, she travels to the Amazon and prays that an ancient psychedelic brew can save her. Filled with interesting imagery and unusual cinematography, Icaros: A Vision, written by Leonor Caraballo, Abou Farman, and Matteo Norzi and directed by Leonor Caraballo Matteo Norzi, is a […]

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PARIS CAN WAIT (2016): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

A vacation/business trip falls apart for this American couple when a neglected wife finds comfort and companionship in her husband’s business partner. Paris Can Wait, written and directed by Eleanor Coppola, is a melodramatic story of love, loss, and temptation as one woman learns to indulge and embrace life instead of constantly looking at it […]

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MR. CHIBBS (2017): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

Kenny Anderson, also known as “Mr. Chibbs,” is ten years into retirement from the NBA. After the loss of his mother, and the realization that he has thrown away too many opportunities, he makes new strides in bettering himself. Determined to improve his life and the life of his family and armed with the knowledge […]

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NISE: THE HEART OF MADNESS

Based on a true story, this film follows one woman who refuses to allow the mistreatment of patients in a psychiatric hospital. Nise: O Coração da Loucura, also known as Nise: The Heart of Madness, or just Nise, is written by Flávia Castro, Mauricio Lissovski, Maria Camargo, Chris Alcazar, Patrícia Andrade, Leonardo Rocha, and Roberto […]

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THE PROMISE (2016): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

When an ambitious medical student has his entire life torn apart, he must unite his fellow Armenians in hopes that they will all survive the genocide. The Promise, written by Terry George and Robin Swicord and directed by George, is set in the early 20th century at the beginning of the Ottoman Empire’s destruction of […]

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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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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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A DOG’S PURPOSE

Co-written by Cathryn Michon, Audrey Wells, Maya Forbes, W. Bruce Cameron and Wally Wolodarsky and directed by Lasse Hallström, A Dog’s Purpose, based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron, is the touching tale of one dog’s search for his place and the meaning of life. As his soul travels far and wide in search […]

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TONI ERDMANN

As the glass ceiling remains stubbornly intact, personal boundaries shatter in this beautifully witty and deeply thoughtful film. Written and directed by Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann is a delightfully uncomfortable interpretation of the complications of an atypical father-daughter relationship. As one gag-comedy-loving father tries to connect with his corporate business-only daughter, pandemonium ensues as their […]

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QUARRIES

In hopes of beginning her own journey to recovery and self-worth, “Kat” (Nicole Marie Johnson) leaves her abusive boyfriend and joins a hiking expedition, made up of other disparaged women, for a several-day long hike. Unfortunately, Kat gets much more than she bargained for, and so does the rest of the group when they realize […]

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BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

Bridget Jones’s Baby is pretty much everything you could ever want it to be, and a little bit more. From the fantastic cast and their wonderful performances, to the soundtrack that will bring you back, this film is a must see. It is the perfect film to wrap up the Bridget Jones franchise, with every […]

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