MOVIES

“All in: the fight for democracy,” directed by Lisa Cortés and Liz Garbus, not only seeks to reveal ongoing voter suppression fraud but also inspire Americans to protect their democracy | REVIEW

There’s no other way to begin than to say Lisa Cortes and Liz Garbus’s new documentary “All In: The Fight for Democracy” is the most important film of 2020. Voter suppression. Let these words sink in. Voter suppression has been in play for hundreds of years. As the film reminds us (or rather, those who need to be reminded), the constitution starts with three words, “We the People.” But who are ... more >

“The Glorias,” Julie Taymor’s rendition, at times rushed, nevertheless stands as a potent tribute to the life of Gloria Steinem | OUR REVIEW

Alicia Vikander, Janelle Monáe and Julianne Moore
Directed by Julie Taymor

“The sun is female. The moon is male. The sun is always there. The moon comes and goes” - Gloria Steinem The release of Julie Taymor’s “The Glorias” couldn’t have been more timely. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died and the country stands on the precipice of the most important election in American history, regarding so many things but especially regarding the rights of women. In 2020, the fact that ... more >

REVIEW: “Kajillionaire”

Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Ivanir and Gina Rodriguez
Directed by Miranda July

It is a testament to the quality of this year’s Sundance Film Festival back in January—in the good old pre-lockdown days—that close to a year later, its offerings are still finding outlets for those who weren’t in Park City, Utah. Such is the case for Miranda July’s “Kajillionaire,” a film that is neither comedy nor drama yet teases elements of both such that, when it ends, the filmmaker forces ... more >

“Hi, I’m David, I’m forty years’ young” (FILM REVIEW)

Wil Wheaton, Brian Landis Folkins and Amy Rutledge
Directed by Jon Stevenson

The video dating era of the late eighties and early nineties; pre-dating apps, pre-Match.com, and long before the phrase “swipe right” became an easy way to find a companion. It was a time when companies would hire a cameraman to record your video profile and you would go home and wait in the hope that the agency would find you a proper match. Those were the days. Or were they? In ... more >

Director John Hyams achieves genre perfection with his new film “Alone” (REVIEW)

Julles Willcox, Marc Menchaca and Anthony Heald
Directed by John Hyams

Just so we're clear, I have never cared for man-against-the-wilderness type films ( “Dersu Uzala,” Joe Carnahan’s “The Grey,” and “The Revenant” being exceptions) and I dislike kidnap films, as well. No matter how well-made, this type of film falls prey to unavoidable cliché. In film after film we witness the long fall off an unexpected cliff into the icy water or the tree branch going through ... more >

An intellectual tonic filled with pleasurable mysteries: “I’m thinking of ending things” (REVIEW)

Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley and Toni Collette
Directed by Charlie Kaufman

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” This Oscar Wilde quote, spoken by a character in the new film “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” is the perfect key to help viewers unlock its many thematic mysteries. By this film’s end, you will certainly have questions. You will be confused and perplexed and possibly ... more >

With very uncertain days ahead “Surge” strikes a note of common sense and optimism

In the 2018 midterm elections, a then-record 117 women won seats in Congress, leading many writers to call it the “Year of the Woman.” Documentarians Hannah Rosenzweig and Wendy Sachs followed three Democratic women running in 2018, and the result of their years of work is a film called “Surge.” “So many women were activated to actually run for office—women who had never thought they would ... more >