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SERENDIPITY (2019): Review by FF2 Media

A recent breast cancer diagnosis led director and artist Prune Nourry to create Serendipity – now in the form of a stunning first-person documentary – which captures the subsequent evolution of her body, her work, her soul and her mind. Opens 10/18. FF2 review coming soon!

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STUFFED (2019): Review by FF2 Media

An inside look into the world of taxidermy and the passionate artists from all over the world who work on the animals. Stuffed opens 10/18. FF2 review coming soon!

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THE SKY IS PINK (2019): Review by FF2 Media

The love story of a couple spanning 25 years, told through the lens of their spunky teenage daughter, who is diagnosed with a Pulmonary fibrosis. The Sky Is Pink opens 10/11. FF2 review coming soon!

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‘Sister Aimee: A retelling the Evangelist’s sensationalized kidnapping

*This review contains spoilers for Sister Aimee! Sister Aimee, directed by married duo Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann, is a dramatization of real life evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson’s supposed kidnapping scandal. Overwhelmed by success and its daunting expectations, Aimee and her lover chase his dreams of the Mexican border — and stumbles upon an adventure […]

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RAISE HELL – THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS (2019): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: The story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Raise Hell opens 9/6. FF2 review coming soon!

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‘Satanic Panic’ is fun, freaky and (surprisingly) feminist

Chelsea Stardust’s directorial debut, Satanic Panic is a wild, gory, over-the-top horror film. Though it’s qualities aren’t meaningful character arcs or perfect plot progression, it will be fun for those who like gore (JRL: 3/5)  Review by FF2 Media Intern Julia Lasker Sam (Hayley Griffith) has a new job as a pizza delivery girl. On […]

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‘The Second Sun’ could have shone brighter

Aiming to celebrate the human ability to survive even the most horrific of events, The Second Sun has an honorable theme. But though director Jennifer Gelfer succeeds in showing glimpses of the miracles life holds if looked at carefully, the quality of narration is too uneven to give full justice to the remarkable plot. (MJJ: […]

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THE SWEET REQUIEM (2018): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: At the age of eight, Dolkar fled her home with her father to escape Chinese armed forces, and faced an arduous journey across the Himalayas. Now 26, she lives in a Tibetan refugee colony in Delhi, where an unexpected encounter with a man from her past awakens long-suppressed memories, propelling Dolkar on an […]

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‘The Sweet Requiem’ tells powerful story of reconciliation

26 year old “Dolkar” (Tenzin Dolker) lives in a Tibetan refugee colony in Delhi. 18 years ago she traveled through the Himalayan Mountains with her father to escape Chinese armed forces and reach a better life, leaving behind her mother and sister. While her current day life in Delhi is comfortable, the long and arduous […]

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SWORD OF TRUST (2019): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia’s inheritance from her deceased grandfather, but the only item she receives is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War. Sword of Trust opens 7/12. FF2 review coming soon!

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‘Sword of Trust’ carried by fantastic improv actors

Synopsis: Sword of Trust opens with Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and Mary (Michaela Watkins) returning to the countryside to sift through the remnants of Cynthia’s late grandfather’s belongings. In town Mel (Marc Maron) and Nathaniel (Jon Bass) run a small pawn shop. The two parties meet when Cynthia and Mary try to pawn a left behind […]

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A missed opportunity, “Renegade Dreamers” is all heart but little substance

An interweaving of the past and the present, Karen Kramer’s documentary invokes the voices of the Beat generation to paint a picture of today’s atmosphere of political activism through poetry and song. While its heart is in the right place, Renegade Dreamers lacks the substance needed to make for an inspirational yet informative documentary, leaving […]

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THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE (2019): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: In this first ever feature-length documentary about the enigmatic Morris “Moe” Berg, award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner again focuses her camera on a little-known Jewish hero. From the streets of Newark to five major league teams during baseball’s Golden Age to his secret life spying for the OSS during WWII, Berg’s improbable story is […]

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‘The Souvenir’ a murky look into complicated relationship

The Souvenir, directed by Joanna Hogg, is a period piece set in 1980s London that follows the life of budding film student Julie as she navigates a tumultuous relationship with an older man. (AEG: 2.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Anika Guttormson Joanna Hogg attempts a great feat in her latest film, The Souvenir: she allows […]

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‘The Sun Is Also A Star’ a well-intentioned victim of YA adaptation

Based on the best-selling novel by Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything), The Sun Is Also A Star is Warner Brothers’ addition to the early-summer canon for young adult romance. Written by Tracy Oliver (Little and What Men Want) and directed by Before I Fall helmer Ry Russo-Young, this YA adaptation is more of the same. (BKP: […]

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‘The Silence of Others’ brings justice to victims of the Spanish Civil War

Directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, ‘The Silence of Others’ is an exposé of the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s dictatorship following it. The film follows a lawsuit against the Amnesty Act in 1977, which essentially enforced a national “forgetting” of the crimes against humanity committed under Franco’s rule. […]

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RAFIKI (2018): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: “Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Rafiki opens 4/19. FF2 review coming soon!

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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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SAUVAGE/WILD (2018): Review by FF2 Media

With Sauvage, Camille Vidal-Naquet brings us a heart-pounding tale of gay love in France. The film centers on Leo, a male prostitute who has sex with men both on and off the job. Be warned: this film is not for the faint of heart where male nudity is concerned! (GPG: 3/5) Review by FF2 Contributor […]

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‘Reinventing Rosalee’ Documentary Is A Heartfelt Portrayal of Rebuilding One’s Life After WWll

Budding director Dr. Lillian Glass reveals a moving portrait of her mother’s life in the new documentary Reinventing Rosalee. The story follows Rosalee through various stages of her life, from her escape from WWII Germany to her time spent in Soviet prisoner-of-war camps to rebuilding her life in the United States. (AG: 3.5/5) Review by […]

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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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‘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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‘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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RUST CREEK (2018): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: An overachieving college student gets lost on her way to a job interview. A wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the Kentucky forest. The woman must defend herself against the harsh elements and a band of ruthless outlaws. She is forced into an uneasy alliance with a strange loner who has unknown […]

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‘State Like Sleep’ brings the viewer into a dreamlike trance

State Like Sleep, written and directed by Meredith Danluck, is a noir-esque thriller about a woman who must confront the demons surrounding her husband’s death (3.0/5.0). Review by Intern Beatrice Viri In State Like Sleep, photographer Katherine Grand (Katherine Waterson) receives a phone call from her mother that forces her to fly to Brussels and […]

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‘Second Act’ surprises with its entertaining and uplifting story

When a warehouse employee makes a wish that her street smarts were valued as much as book smarts, she doesn’t expect her wish to come true. Suddenly gifted with a new identity complete with fake Harvard degree and impressive resume, she is given a second chance at a stellar career. Director Peter Segal and writers […]

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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ a clever, memorable Disney sequel

From co-screenwriter Pamela Ribon, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet is a fun, thoughtful journey of two colorful arcade game character venturing into the world wide web. Undeniably imaginative and satirical without snark, this sequel to Wreck-It Ralph (2012) is a great addition to Disney’s ever-growing list of decent sequels. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by Managing Editor […]

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‘Searching for Ingmar Bergman’ is another take on an overexposed personal history

Searching for Ingmar Bergman by German directors Margarethe von Trotta and Felix Moeller is another attempt to understand the real person behind the legendary name Ingmar Bergman. The Swedish arthouse director is one of the greatest influences on filmmaking to this day, and in light of this, Searching for Ingmar Bergman sets out to interview […]

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‘Shirkers’ reconstructs a lost film into an excellent documentary

Shirkers, written and directed by Sandi Tan, is a wonderfully stitched together documentary both recounting and discovering what happened to her film made in Singapore in the early 90s that was stolen by her mentor, Georges Cardona. (DLH: 4.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Dayna Hagewood *This Review contains a spoiler!* Shirkers is an incredible taking back of […]

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