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A SEARCH FOR ADVENTURE AT SEA, BUT NOT JUST: “MAIDEN”

Tracy Edwards, Jeni Mundy, Mikaela Von Koskull
Directed by Alex Holmes

Documentary filmmaker Alex Holmes brings to the screen the true adventure of the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World race. To achieve their goal to enter and be respected in the race, Tracy Edwards and her all-woman crew stood up to the sexism in the 1989 sailing world which was equally as harsh as their 33,000-mile ocean journey. The main focus of “Maiden” is on ... more >

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: “YESTERDAY” was great fun to watch. Then the self-indulgent pathos began

Himesh Patel and Lily James
Directed by Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday” is a delight almost to the end. How can it not be? First of all, perfect pitch by both Himesh Patel (Jack) and the too-lovely-for-words Lily James (Ellie). Patel is Jack Malik, a store employee who, through a blackout on earth and being hit by a bus, wakes up in an alternate world where he is the one and only person who knows the Beatles. A third-rate musician who kind of ... more >

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EASY RIDER TURNS 50 – Half a century later, still riding, still searching

Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson
Directed by Dennis Hopper

In 1969 when a surge of protests against discrimination, the Vietnam War (at its most intensive then) and outdated political and social mindsets was taking place, in came a low-budget, counterculture, film that would speak for a generation and give filmmakers new artistic freedom. The film’s success would cause a seismic shift in the Hollywood system and see studios wrest power back from the ... more >

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A BEAUTIFUL MIND: AUTHOR TONI MORRISON IN “TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES THAT I AM”

Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

“The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.” This is the striking quote that begins this wonderful documentary that looks at the legacy and life of this consummate author and scholar. “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” is a straightforward documentary that works due to the power of its ... more >

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE: “Midsommar,” directed by Ari Aster

Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor and William Jackson Harper
Directed by Ari Aster

Ari Aster has not only proven himself to be a great director of horror (as he did so expertly in his 2018 feature debut “Hereditary”) but a great filmmaker as he takes his new film, “Midsommar” to the level of Art. According to Aster, a very bad breakup led to the creation of this spine-chilling nightmare, one made even more frightening due to the fact that it all takes place under the bright ... more >

OH MY LOVE! Leonard Cohen, his muse Marianne, front and center in “Marianne & Leonard: Words of love”

Distributed by Roadside Attractions
Directed by Nick Broomfield

“...when your woman becomes her own content, and you become her content, that’s love.” “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love” is a soulful documentary examining the relationship between a pure artist and his often-ignored partner, who became the most important person in his life. For many, the relationship between an artist and their work is more important than any lover or longtime companion. ... more >

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EXTRA! Rossellini’s “Europe ’51” or one woman’s journey from bourgeois ennui to personal fulfillment (1952)

Ingrid Bergman, Giulietta Massina and Ettore Giannini
Directed by Roberto Rossellini

In "Europe '51" Irene (Ingrid Bergman) is a society woman who searches for life’s meaning after the accidental death of her son. She’s a worldly and superficial woman, but her son’s death will push her to seek others and help those in need in a bid to achieve a kind of holy state. The first scene of the film is told in perfect cadence and Stendhalian efficiency : Irene, lady of the house, is ... more >