'Knock Down the House' is a political weapon
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'Knock Down the House' is a political weapon

Directed by Rachel Lears, Knock Down the House is a documentary about four women running grassroots campaigns to redefine congress so that the people are governing themselves. Tear-jerking, witty, and massively inspirational, this film is an absolute powerhouse. (JRL: 5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Julia Lasker Knock Down the House opens on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, now a…

A dip into the painfully realistic issues of the modern Wild West in 'Little Woods'
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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…

Matt Smith captures a visionary in ‘Mapplethorpe’

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…