Reviews: A

‘Always Be My Maybe’ is barely deeper than its title

Directed by Nahnatchka Khan and written by Michael Golamco and co-stars Randall Park and Ali Wong, Always Be My Maybe is a classic romantic comedy minus some of the problematic bits that have been historically featured in this genre. It has all of the satisfying elements of a rom-com, but doesn’t go deeper than that. […]

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Reviews: E-G

FREE TRIP TO EGYPT (2019): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: A feature length documentary film following one man’s search for random Americans concerned about an Islamic threat and offering them a free trip to Egypt. Free Trip to Egypt opens 5/31. FF2 review coming soon!

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: K-M

MOUTHPIECE (2018): Review by FF2 Media

Mouthpiece is a graceful deep dive into the first 48 hours after a young woman loses her mother. Surreally formed, it is an expression of loss and grief through the love and life of one complicated woman. (HRM: 4/5) Review by FF2 Intern Hannah Mayo “Cassandra,” a 30 year old writer living in Toronto, wakes […]

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Reviews: Q-S

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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Reviews: Q-S

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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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: T

‘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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19May24: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Three films written &/or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Booksmart The Proposal Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: B-D

‘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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Reviews: N-P

Fighting for an artist’s legacy in ‘The Proposal’

The Proposal details director and visual artist Jill Magrid’s own journey for access to architect Luis Barragán’s archives in Switzerland— and her controversial means of gaining the owner’s attention. (3.5/5) With Jill Magid’s trance-like narration, The Proposal takes the viewer between Mexico, New York and Switzerland as she works on a multimedia art installation based on the […]

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Reviews: U-W

‘Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation’ a nostalgic reminder of a poorly run festival

Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation gives us a look into the ups and down of the historic Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York. It is a magical and nostalgic look into the 1969 festival that set the precedent for what all modern festivals have become. (AEG 3.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Anika Guttormson […]

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19May17: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Eight films written &/or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: A Dog’s Journey Aniara Ask For Jane The Souvenir The Sun is Also a Star The Third Wife The Wandering Soap Opera We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: A

‘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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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: A

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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Reviews: B-D

‘A Dog’s Journey’ is sweet but overly heartbreaking

Directed by Gail Mancuso, A Dog’s Journey is the sequel to A Dog’s Purpose, a hit feature in 2017. Part 2 continues the story of Bailey, a dog who reincarnates as many different breeds to save a girl’s lost soul. While the film has a heartwarming conclusion, it gets there through a series of tragic […]

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Reviews: Q-S

‘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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Reviews: Q-S

‘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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Reviews: T

‘The Third Wife’: A critique on the patriarchy set in ancient Vietnam

The Third Wife, Ash Mayfair’s ambitious directorial debut, is a tale of female resilience in male-dominated ancient Vietnam, where a 14-year old girl becomes a wealthy landowner’s third wife. (4.0/5.0) Review by Intern Beatrice Viri Transported down the river in ceremonial canoe, inexperienced and baby-faced May (Nguyễn Phương Trà My) becomes the third wife of […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: U-W

‘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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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: U-W

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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19May10: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Seven films written &/or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal Charlie Says The Hustle My Son The Silence of Others Wine Country

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Reviews: A

‘At the Heart of Gold’ exposes abuse of young gymnasts

*This review has mentions of sexual abuse At the Heart of Gold, directed by Erin Lee Carr, is a documentary detailing the decades-long sexual abuse conducted by Larry Nassar, former USA Olympian gymnastics coach, on hundreds of young girls — and exactly how he got away with it for so long. (BV 4.5/5.0) Review by […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: B-D

‘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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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: H-J

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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Reviews: K-M

‘My Son’ fails to make an impact on the kidnap-thriller scene

My Son (Mon Garçon) written by Laure Irrmann and Christian Carion and directed by Carion is a typical vigilante thriller about a child kidnapping that contains moments of good suspense but ultimately does not amount to anything more than a standard trope. (DLH: 2.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Dayna Hagewood My Son begins with Julien […]

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Reviews: N-P

POMS (2019): Review by FF2 Media

Martha (Diane Keaton), a stoic introvert, moves to a retirement community. The new living arrangements are filled with an array of clubs and activities at her disposal. Not intrigued by any of them, her new friend Sheryl (Jacki Weaver) suggests that she start a cheerleading squad for her peers. While setting up the squad, they […]

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Reviews: Q-S

‘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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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: U-W

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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19May3: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Eight films written &/or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Bardo Blues Decade of Fire Long Shot Knock Down the House UglyDolls

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Reviews: B-D

BARDO BLUES (2017): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: Story of a mentally ill young man attempting to come to grips with his haunting past by seeking solace and understanding in the unfamiliar Eastern culture of Thailand. Bardo Blues opens 5/3 in NYC. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: B-D

DECADE OF FIRE (2019): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: As a kid in the South Bronx in the 1970s, Vivian Vazquez watched her tight-knit community become a burned-out ruin as an epidemic of fires raged through her Black and Puerto Rican neighborhood. As Vivian seeks to understand the lasting effects of this tragedy on her family and community, she uncovers a story […]

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