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MEET THE BLACKS

A comedic spoof on The Purge films premise, Meet the Blacks follows “Carl Black” (Mike Epps) as he moves his family out of Chicago and into Beverly Hills. Hoping to give his family a better life, and thinking the Purge can’t touch them in this upscale neighborhood, Carl Black has many skeletons in his closet […]

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MISS INDIA AMERICA

Miss India America, written by Meera Simhan and Ravi Kapoor, delivers a whole lot of laughs in a coming of age story about accepting the curveballs life can throw at you. “Lily Prasad” (Tiya Sircar) has her life all planned out. But when a wrench gets thrown into her perfect plan, Lily decides to enter […]

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THE BRONZE

Screenwriter and star of The Bronze, Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) brings us a quirky comedy about a retired Olympic gymnast “Hope Ann Greggory” (Rauch) who is desperately clinging to her fifteen minutes of fame years after winning her bronze medal. Approached with a deal including a whole lot of cash, Greggory must decide […]

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HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Written by director Joan Carr-Wiggin and Savitri Gordian, Happily ever After is a story about friendship, family, and coming home. “Heather” (Janet Montgomery) had successfully escaped her small town. But when her father’s health-scare calls her back into town, Heather reflects back on all she’s missed and friendships she’s lost. (JEP: 3.5/5) Review by Contributing […]

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KAPOOR AND SONS

Written by Ayesha DeVitre and director Shakun Batra, Kapoor and Sons is an entertaining Indian drama about family, love, and loss…with a good few laughs thrown in for good measure of course! Two estranged brothers, who are opposites in almost every way, find themselves both back home again when a family health scare demands their […]

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HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS

Filmmakers Laura Terruso and Michael Showalter bring us a wonderfully crafted romantic comedy about a 60-something year old woman who falls for her much younger coworker. Hello, My Name is Doris is clever, moving, and wonderfully acted. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss this film! (JEP: 4.5/5) Review by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry […]

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MARGUERITE

“Marguerite Dumont” (Catherine Frot) has one dream—to be an opera singer. The only problem? She has a horrendous voice and is incredibly tone deaf. But her status within upper class Parisian society has allowed her to perform to applause for some time, as no one wants to be the one to break the news to […]

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THE TELLER AND THE TRUTH

The Teller and the Truth is a unique docudrama inspired by the real-life disappearance of Francis Wetherbee in Smithville, Texas. Combining narrative storytelling with the talking heads documentary style, the film explores many options as to the unknown fate of Wetherbee. What really happened to Francis? No one knows for sure, but screenwriters Patty Moynahan, […]

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NEERJA

Neerja is a stunning biographical thriller from India. With a skillful team of filmmakers, including screenwriter Sanyukta Shaikh Chawla, the film is incredibly well done and features moving performances from its talented cast. Based on the real life hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in 1986, the film tells the remarkable true story of how […]

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RACE (2016)

Stephan James stars in this inspiring, albeit slowly paced, true story of as 1936 Olympic Gold Medalist Jesse Owens. Although the elements are there: breaking through boundaries, tackling racism and incorporating Hitler’s Nazi regime, it takes around 90 minutes for Race to turn into something more than a lackluster biopic. (BKP: 3.5/5) Review by Associate […]

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ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG

Basically just a feature-length walk and talk, Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong is Emily Ting’s directorial debut. On her first trip to Hong Kong, “Ruby” (Jamie Chung) meets a fellow American by happenstance. He helps her find her way through the winding maze of streets, and an unexpected romance blossoms. Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong […]

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HOW TO BE SINGLE

Based on the book by Liz Tuccillo, How to Be Single is a hysterical female-driven comedy that offers multiple viewpoints on what it means to be single. With a cast of characters all at different stages of their lives and “singleness,” the film is touching, ridiculous, and relatable—filled with one laugh after the next.   (JEP: […]

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TUMBLEDOWN

Written by Desiree Van Til and Sean Mewshaw, Tumbledown is a tale of letting go and finding love in the most unexpected of places. “Hannah”—wonderfully played by Rebecca Hall—is unable to move on from the loss of her late husband. But when a New York City writer comes into town, unbeknownst to them both, it is […]

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THE RED CARD

Written and directed by Dana Brawer, our filmmaker to watch, The Red Card does not shy away from pressing social issues. Instead, Brawer focuses her lens on the realities of sexual assault in high school, effectively opening a dialog instead of closing one. When “Sam” (Amber Collins-Ives) gets an invite to the most coveted party […]

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THE 5TH WAVE

Based on the novel of the same name, The 5th Wave, directed by J Blakeson is a high stakes teenage science fiction thriller that feels part Hunger Games, part alien apocalypse. The “Others” need our planet, and they intend to do anything in order to take it. The aliens attack in waves, slowly wiping out […]

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MONKEY UP

From the creators of Air Bud, writers Kirsten Hansen, Anna McRoberts, and Robert Vince, bring us Monkey Up. A tale about an entitled monkey who believes he deserves better acting roles than the commercial spot he has been given. Monkey Up has the potential to be another great children’s movie, but sadly, this one is […]

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WAZIR

Written by a team of writers including Natasha Sahgal, and directed by Bejoy Nambiar, Wazir is quite an odd combo—part action film, part Chess playing drama. When a cop loses his young daughter from the bullet of criminal he was after, he befriends an old man who also lost his daughter at the hands of […]

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BLEEDING HART

Written and directed by Diane Bell, Bleeding Heart is a small story with big moments, portraying the lengths one will go to for family, even family you just met. “May” (Jessica Biel) meets her long lost sister “Shiva” (Zosia Mamet) and the two quickly grow close. But when Shiva’s abusive boyfriend begins to threaten Shiva’s […]

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THE TAINTED VEIL

The Tainted Veil offers an in depth study into the history of the veil across cultures. But places much of its focus on the current debate surrounding the hijab in Muslim culture. Directors Nahla Al Fahad, Mazen al Khayrat and Ovidio Salazar deliver a thought-provoking film filled with interviews from people of many backgrounds, opinions, […]

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THE MESSENGER

Filled with stunning visuals, The Messenger is an artfully constructed documentary about the diminishing songbird population, and the race against climate change to turn the tide so we may never see a world without birds. What would that world look like and do we want to find out? Director Su Rynard asks these probing questions, […]

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THE DANISH GIRL

Inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, The Danish Girl is a stunning film written for the screen by Lucinda Coxon and directed by Tom Hooper. The film is based on the incredible true story of Lili Elbe, who was one of the first known people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. It […]

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#HORROR

Filmmaker Tara Subkoff brings us #Horror a horror film based on real life events and the harsh truth about the effects of cyber bullying. While dealing with a very important topic, #Horror unfortunately misses the mark. (JEP: 3/5) Review by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry Written and directed by Tara Subkoff, #Horror deals with the […]

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FRAME BY FRAME

While in power in Afghanistan, the Taliban regime banned all photography and destroyed many preexisting photographs. However, after September 11th the power shifted and the media blackout was lifted. Even so, photojournalists continue to be targeted, risking their lives for their work. Directed by Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli, Frame by Frame is a riveting […]

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THE 33

Directed by Patricia Riggen, The 33 is a powerful drama based on the real-life mining accident in Chile in 2010, where 33 miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days. The incredible circumstances of the real-life events make for a highly suspenseful and emotional film. (JEP: 4/5) Review by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry […]

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BY THE SEA

A painfully slow drama about an estranged couple vacationing on the French seaside who begin to mend their marriage when they find common interest in spying on the newlywed couple next door. Written, directed, and starred in by Angelina Jolie Pitt, By the Sea is a wholly underwhelming film with too little story and too […]

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ROCK IN THE RED ZONE

Directed by Laura Bialis Rock in the Red Zone is a powerful documentary that will open your eyes to the harsh realities facing the border town of Sderot, Israel. Faced with bombardment from the Gaza strip, citizens of the small town live in a constant state of anxiety, but through music, are able to express […]

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MISS YOU ALREADY

Directed by Catherine Harwicke and written by Morwenna Banks, Miss You Already is an emotionally poignant film about two best friends “Jess” (Drew Barrymore) and “Milly” (Toni Collette) who have stayed close through thick and thin. But everything changes when Milly is diagnosed with breast cancer, and the two struggle to deal with this new […]

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PALIO

Palio—a centuries old battle—is run two times every summer, a battle where both horse and rider have the chance to bring pride to their district. Directed by Cosima Spender, Palio is a gripping documentary that follows two jockeys who will stop at nothing for the win…but their can only be one. (JEP: 3.5/5) Review by […]

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PEGGY GUGGENHEIM

Full Title = Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict is your standard historical documentary. It artfully depicts the life of Peggy Guggenheim, her fierce love of art, and the prominent influence she had on the world she loved. (JEP: 3.5/5) Review by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry Peggy […]

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THE ARMOR OF LIGHT

Directed by Abigail Disney and Kathleen Hughes, The Armor of Light is a fine documentary shedding light on gun violence. Utilizing a unique approach, the film follows a highly conservative Evangelical minister as he struggles with his feelings on gun violence, which are very much against those of his peers. (JEP: 3/5) Review by Contributing […]

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