SUNDANCE REVIEW: Who Wants to be a 'Kajillionaire' (2020)

“It’s about what it means to be a human coexisting with other humans, and how that could all be over in a second.” Fresh off the announcement that her breakout indie feature film Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) will join the Criterion Collection in April 2020, as well as the launch of…

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: 'Zola' (2020) Proves the Power of Sex Workers Telling Their Own Stories

Do you remember where you were when Zola- also known as A’Ziah King- dropped her Twitter thread and instantly became the most iconic viral “story time” sensation ever? It was the definition of a cultural reset.

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: 'Promising Young Woman' (2020) is Tired of Hearing Your Excuses for Men (Yes, all of them)

When you think you know what Promising Young Woman is, it changes into something else.

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: I Dare You to Call an Uber After Watching 'Spree' (2020)

Kotlyarenko’s direction toes the fine line between being critical of his deeply flawed characters and showing an affectionate tenderness toward them because of those flaws.

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REVIEW: "The Disappearance of My Mother" (2019) Mistakes Intrusion for Intimacy

Benedetta Barzini is the begrudging subject of her son’s debut documentary: “The Disappearance of My Mother.”

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REVIEW: Harmful Stereotypes Are Alive and Well in ‘Papi Chulo’ (2018)

“Refuses to delve deeper than the surface.” In sunny Los Angeles, Sean (Matt Bomer) is a conventionally attractive upper middle-class gay weather man, who has everything going for him until he has a mental breakdown on live television after a supposed breakup. His coworkers, Ash (Wendy McLendon-Covey) and Susan (D’Arcy Carden) are incredibly supportive; they…

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REVIEW: ‘Mickey and the Bear’ (2019) is More Than a Coming of Age Film

“A coming of age film for girls who had to grow up too fast.” In a country that claims to care so much for its war veterans, there are so few resources dedicated to their mental health and recovery, not to mention their economic status. Mickey Peck (Camila Marrone), the daughter and caretaker of Hank…

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REVIEW: Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Kinetta’ (2005) is a Messy Look into the Early Greek Weird Wave

A refreshing reminder that it is okay to have an extremely limited budget or to throw ideas at the wall and see what sticks.

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NYFF REVIEW: ‘Beanpole’ (2019) Shines a Light on Postwar Female Solidarity and Anguish

“Masterful direction paired with spontaneous moments of brilliant vulnerability lead to a mortal examination of the female experience that never feels cloying or objectifying.” Iya (Viktoria Miroshnichenko) is a nurse who suffers from post-concussion syndrome and PTSD caused by her time as a soldier at the front lines of the war. This results in fits…

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