SUNDANCE 2022 | “We Need To Talk About Cosby” (REVIEW)


W. Kamau Bell is one of the smartest and funniest comedians working today and an important voice for social justice. His views on America are sharp and pointed and relevant. A three-time Emmy winner for his excellent CNN series “The United Shades of America”, Bell now directs the powerful think-piece miniseries, “We Need to Talk About Cosby.” Bill Cosby is many things, and his life holds many ... more >

SUNDANCE 2022 | “Alice”

Alicia Witt, Jonny Lee Miller, Keke Palmer and Common
Directed by Krystin Ver Linden

Premiering in the U.S. Dramatic competition slate at Sundance, Krystin Ver Linden’s “Alice” is a film where fiction meets reality, as one woman straddles two different generations. Keke Palmer is Alice, a slave on a tucked-away Georgia plantation run by Old Testament-thumping Paul Bennet (Jonny Lee Miller). Alice secretly marries Joseph (Sinqua Walls) and tries to take solace in as much wedded ... more >

SUNDANCE 2022 | “Resurrection” and “You Won’t Be Alone”

Writer/director Andrew Semans’ “Resurrection” is an unnerving thriller starring Rebecca Hall as Margaret, a single mother and businesswoman whose daughter Abbie (Grace Kaufman) will soon leave for college. Enter David (Tim Roth, in one of his best roles in years), a man from Margaret’s past. He is a soft-spoken and aging man but is revealed to be a dark reminder from Margaret’s past, very much a ... more >

“LAST WORDS,” a journey, an encounter, building a new tomorrow with others survivors | REVIEW

Nick Nolte, Kalipha Touray and Charlotte Rampling
Directed by Jonathan Nossiter

“We live and die by the stories we tell each other,” is the line that begins writer/director Jonathan Nossiter’s latest piece, the exquisite “Last Words.” Adapted from a novel by Santiago Amigorena (he also co-wrote the screenplay), Nossiter’s film follows Kal (newcomer Kalipha Touray), the last human on the face of the Earth. The year is 2085. One year earlier he was traveling with his ... more >

“The Beauty President,” “Attica,” Alex Gibney’s “The Forever Prisoner” | DOC-WISE WHAT TO WATCH IN 2022

In the wake of the recent DOC NYC 2002 is heating up with some amazing documentaries. Whether available on demand on one of the major players or otherwise, these docs do what the best of the genre do: observe and uncover truth. "Life of Crime 1984-2020" Director: Jon Alpert Jon Alpert has made the most extraordinary documentary of the year, which is only fitting considering he worked at it ... more >

“There is no evil” (directed by Mohammad Rasoulof) | REVIEW

Baran Rasoulof, Zhila Shahi and Mohammad Valizadegan

The Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s film “There Is No Evil” (Golden Bear Award, Berlin Festival, 2021) is extraordinary on a number of levels—political daring in a country where dissent or criticism is harshly punished, as well as narrative. Four chapters or stories, unrelated, maintain throughout a profound tension, not with special effects or major reveals but by dint of taking us deep into ... more >

The Lin-Manuel Miranda-directed tick, tick…BOOM! is one of the YEAR’S BEST!

Starring Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp and Robin de Jesus
Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda

“tick tick… BOOM!” is the name of the musical Jonathan Larson wrote and performed about the failure of “Superbia,” his rock-opera adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 that was to be his ticket to Broadway. Sadly, this didn’t happen. If something good came out of that piece’s failure, it would be the powerfully personal follow up that would lead to the legendary Broadway groundbreaker ... more >