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‘Too Late to Die Young’ a subtly impactful coming-of-age drama

The first female filmmaker to win the Leopard Award in the Locarno Film Festival’s 71-year history, Dominga Sotomayor creates a subtly impactful coming-of-age drama in Too Late to Die Young. Based on her adolescence in 1990 Chile, Sotomayor tells a story of family, loss and transition through the poignant lens of 16-year-old Sofía (Demian Hernandez). […]

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‘Booksmart’ girls know how to party

In director Olivia Wilde’s new film Booksmart, all hell breaks loose for the two high school geeks on the night before their graduation. The two academic superstars realize perfect grades are not the be all and end all. (SYJ: 3.5/5)       Review written by FF2 Media Intern Sophia Y. Jin A meditation tape […]

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‘Aniara’ floats through time and space

In Pella Kagerman’s new co-directed and co-written Swedish movie Aniara, Earth is in dystopia. People are evacuated from their homes and are preparing to join other family on their new planet, Mars. (SYJ:4/5)     Review written by FF2 Media Intern Sophia Y. Jin A mass of people ascend on a futuristic elevator up to […]

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When in need, ‘Ask for Jane’

Ask for Jane, directed by Rachel Carey, is a powerful piece about the simple procedure that is abortion. Written by Cait Cortelyou, Ask for Jane focuses on a group of young ladies who are passionate about the rights of women and their bodies. Starring Cait Cortelyou and Cody Horn, this is a timely feature that […]

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‘The Wandering Soap Opera’ both confounds and enlightens

Through the efforts of his wife and co-director Valeria Sarmiento, the final film of the late Chilean filmmaker Raoul Ruiz has finally made it to the public. The Wandering Soap Opera (in Spanish, La telenovela errante) presents Chilean life as an ensemble of soap operas, exploring their tropes while infusing each scene with its own […]

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Adaptation of ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ falls short of book

Though based on Shirley Jackson’s mystery novel, director Stacie Passon’s and screenwriter Mark Kruger’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle is not very chilling, instead it is quite uncomfortable. Discomfort is arguably a very good response to a thriller, but this unease was unfortunately not due to the story—it came from the storytelling itself. […]

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‘Charlie Says’ a sympathetic study of Manson family cult victims

Synopsis: Mary Harron, director of American Psycho and I Shot Andy Warhol, has just released her newest true crime film Charlie Says (2019). Headlining stars such as Matt Smith, this film asks its viewer to recontextualize the myth of the Manson family cult to become more understanding of the women who were trapped in his […]

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How to perfect ‘The Hustle’

In Chris Addison’s new movie, co-written by Jac Schaeffer, The Hustle depicts two very contrasting characters involved in a comedic endeavour in which they try and scam billionaires. Using dumb humor, the audience sees the differences in upper and lower class organized crimes. (SYJ: 2/5)       Review written by FF2 Media Intern Sophia […]

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Amy Poehler’s ‘Wine Country’ a refreshing good time

From director Amy Poehler and writers Liz Cackowski and Emily Spivey, Wine Country is a heartfelt comedy wrapped up in a Saturday Night Live lover’s dream. Reuniting for a 50th birthday party on a girl’s trip to Napa, California, a group of friends comes back together in the midst of multiple midlife crises. Perfecting human […]

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Nostalgic ‘Body at Brighton Rock’ leaves rookie park ranger stranded

Roxanne Benjamin’s Body at Brighton Rock tells the story of a rookie park ranger who gets stranded in a mountainous forest with a dead cell phone battery – and a dead body. Karina Fontes carries the indie thriller with her portrayal of a young woman dependent on her own wit and strength to battle fear, […]

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Metz and Grace make ‘Breakthrough’ a universal uplift

Director Roxann Dawson’s Breakthrough recreates the miraculous true story of a Missouri boy’s traumatic accident and the unfailing faith of his devoted mother. With This Is Us star Chrissy Metz leading a strong cast, the film is a tactful reimagining of what could have easily been turned into Christian-skewed camp. (BKP: 4/5) Review by Vice […]

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‘Family’ is hilarious and heartwarming

Written and directed by Laura Steinel, ‘Family’ is a charming comedy about a workaholic who learns to love when she has to take care of her quirky niece. The film is quick-witted, heartwarming and definitely worth watching. (JRL: 4.5/5)

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‘Fast Color’ teaches us not to run away from who we are

In director and writer Julia Hart’s new film Fast Color, Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as a lost young woman in search of safety and identity. But what if the place she always runs away from is her last chance at safety? (SYJ: 4.5/5)     Review written by FF2 Media Intern Sophia Y. Jin The film […]

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A dip into the painfully realistic issues of the modern Wild West in ‘Little Woods’

Written and Directed by Nia DaCosta, Little Woods is set in North Dakota—a fracking boomtown that was supposed to lead America to a better future. Tessa Thompson and Lily James star as stepsisters with a dysfunctional relationship, both drowning in their own desperate situations. Boasting four wins and three nominations, the film looks at societal pressures and complex family dynamics—what choice do good people make when left with scant options, where even the best of which are unlawful? (KIZJ: 4/5)

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Red Joan fails to invoke wartime espionage thrills

Directed by Trevor Nunn and written by Lindsay Shapero, Red Joan is an unfortunately average drama based on the life of KGB spy Melita Norwood. Although the subject matter had wonderful potential to serve as the basis of an excellent film, Red Joan gets caught up in tedious romance, poor structure, and dull execution. (DLH: […]

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Fanfiction-inspired film ‘After’ could have used Harry Styles

Directed by Jenny Gage, After tells the story of a young college freshman who falls for a bad boy. Compared to other fanfiction-turned-film like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey, Susan Martin’s adaptation of Anna Todd’s novel of the same name is more in line with Riverdale or The CW teenage phenomena of glossy, fantastical […]

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‘Girls of the Sun’ is the harrowing narrative of women tried by war

Inspired by the real female Yazidi warriors fighting ISIS, a female battalion fights for the liberation of their town from extremists in the name of a free Kurdistan. A french journalist dedicated to chronicling the truth stands witness to their story. Director Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun (in French, Les filles de soleil) sacrifices […]

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Mary Magdalene revives biblical tale with a feminist spin

Mary Magdalene (directed by Garth Davis and co-written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett) offers a new take on a classic biblical tale in a wandering and revisionist manner. (DLH: 3.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Dayna Hagewood We are introduced to Mary (played by Rooney Mara) almost immediately through her experiences with others. She runs […]

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‘Mia and the White Lion’ Fights Animal Poaching Alongside its Protagonists

Written by Prune de Maistre and William Davies, Mia and the White Lion is the story of a girl who forms a lifelong bond with a beautiful white lion and then must fight to save him from the evils of animal poaching. Mia and the White Lion is not only an engaging narrative about a […]

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A moving argument for transgender rights in ‘The Most Dangerous Year’

In The Most Dangerous Year, Knowlton takes a personal approach, telling her own family’s story as well as those of other families in the community. (AEL: 3.5/5)

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CATCHING SIGHT OF THELMA & LOUISE (2017): Review by Brigid K. Presecky

Following the 1991 release of Thelma & Louise, director Jennifer Townsend conducted a questionnaire as a research project: did other people share a similar, visceral reaction to the film? After sorting through handwritten letters and cassette-tape voicemails, Townsend follows up with her responders two decades later. This uniquely touching documentary shows how impactful art can […]

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CATCHING SIGHT OF THELMA & LOUISE (2017): Review by Amelie Lasker

In Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise, fans and members of the original cast and crew share their experiences with the iconic film. Documentarian Jennifer Townsend enlists a group of fans to explore the film’s funniest and most difficult moments, and to appreciate the cultural significance the film retains. (AEL: 4/5)

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Claire Denis achieves great heights in High Life

Written and directed by Claire Denis, High Life tackles a space journey gone horribly wrong and follows a crew of death row criminals on their quest to research black holes. High Life is Denis’ next expert foray into exploring sexuality, human interaction, and the meaning of living—this time in space. (DLH: 4.5/5) Review by FF2 […]

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THE WIND (2018): Review by FF2 Media

The Wind is a stylish feast from director Emma Tammi and writer Teresa Sutherland. It’s prairie-Gothic style makes for a refreshingly new kind of horror aesthetic, though the ultimate twist at the end of the movie was a bit of a let-down. Overall an excellent experience, though! (GPG: 3.5/5) Review by FF2 Contributor Giorgi Plys-Garzotto […]

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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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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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‘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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‘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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