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      The Persian Version (2023) Eliza C. Thompson Once you get past the feeling of wanting more, The Persian Version is a heartwarming -- and often heartbreaking -- exploration of a mother and daughter repairing their future relationship by confronting their past.
      Posted Nov 09, 2023
      Flora and Son (2023) Eloise Sherrid Flora and Son [culminates] in a nuanced and satisfying ending.
      Posted Oct 06, 2023
      Bottoms (2023) Sarah C. Jones The result is a film that sometimes feels hollow, but it’s so hilarious and shocking that it’s still pretty easy to love.
      Posted Sep 15, 2023
      birth/rebirth (2023) Stephanie Valente If you’re a fan of horror that challenges the norm and leaves you feeling unsettled, the movie is a must-watch.
      Posted Aug 24, 2023
      Theater Camp (2023) Julia Berick It’s hard to fault this film about safe spaces for being something of an Eden.
      Posted Jul 21, 2023
      Flamin' Hot (2023) Bedatri D. Choudhury Though Montañez's claims have since been contested, the controversy does not diminish the joy of Longoria's film. It's a story of an immigrant's triumph in a society where the odds are always systemically stacked against him.
      Posted Jul 14, 2023
      Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. (2023) Emily Rems It has taken 52 years for Judy Blume’s beloved middle-grade novel, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, to finally make it to the big screen, and writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig’s heartfelt adaptation is well worth the wait.
      Posted Apr 28, 2023
      The Lost King (2022) Sarah C. Jones This is a diverting movie, but the true story is still stranger than fiction.
      Posted Mar 23, 2023
      Scream VI (2023) Faith Green With nods to the original films, badass women, and well-executed tension builds, Scream 6 is ushering in a new legacy of Scream Queens. And this is one 2023 film that won’t be left on the chopping block.
      Posted Mar 16, 2023
      Run Rabbit Run (2023) Michael Levine A chilling and well-executed horror with outstanding performances and haunting cinematography.
      Posted Jan 26, 2023
      Fancy Dance (2023) Michael Levine The film shows an authentic portrayal of the Grand Nation Pow Wow and is a must-watch for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of Indigenous life.
      Posted Jan 26, 2023
      Polite Society (2023) Michael Levine A badass, girl-powered action-comedy that packs a ferocious punch against the patriarchy.
      Posted Jan 26, 2023
      Fremont (2023) Michael Levine Babak Jalali builds a quiet triumph of a film, exploring the emotionally challenging experience of being an Afghan refugee and building a new life in a foreign land.
      Posted Jan 26, 2023
      Fair Play (2023) Michael Levine A brutal morality tale, depicting the harsh realities of gender dynamics and the corrupting influence of power.
      Posted Jan 26, 2023
      The Disappearance of Shere Hite (2023) Michael Levine Nicole Hewnham delivers an intimate, fascinating and complex examination of one of the most important feminists of the 20th century.
      Posted Jan 26, 2023
      Little Richard: I Am Everything (2023) Michael Levine Lisa Cortes delivers a compelling chronicle, taking us on a wild ride through the life of one of the most influential musicians of the last century.
      Posted Jan 26, 2023
      Sometimes I Think About Dying (2023) Michael Levine A quirky but assured slow burn, finding meaning in the subtle spaces in-between the human connection.
      Posted Jan 26, 2023
      birth/rebirth (2023) Michael Levine Laura Moss delivers a perfectly executed and disturbingly realistic horror classic, questioning the consequences of playing God and manipulating nature.
      Posted Jan 26, 2023
      KOKOMO CITY (2023) Michael Levine It is a powerful and moving film that raises important questions and encourages viewers to think more deeply about the complexities of the trans experience.
      Posted Jan 26, 2023
      My Animal (2023) Michael Levine The film ultimately becomes a powerful exploration of the themes of trust and self-acceptance.
      Posted Jan 26, 2023
      Judy Blume Forever (2023) Michael Levine An emotionally moving picture of Judy’s inspirational life.
      Posted Jan 26, 2023
      Corsage (2022) Violet Lucca [A] beautiful, quietly furious film.
      Posted Dec 29, 2022
      Nanny (2022) Kahmeela Adams With a story that intertwines a mother’s intuition and ancient folklore, Nanny is a film that won’t be easy to shake.
      Posted Dec 16, 2022
      Women Talking (2022) Jenni Miller Though unsettling, the film itself is ultimately hopeful and should stir post-viewing discussions.
      Posted Dec 08, 2022
      Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power (2022) Violet Lucca Viewers are meant to wrestle with this film, not passively consume a simple message -- and they’ll leave invigorated.
      Posted Oct 27, 2022
      Sirens (2022) Rosemarie Lundgaard Slave to Sirens’ music encapsulates the rage captured inside of themselves and their country; being unable to speak their truth, the anger explodes within their music. But the beauty of Sirens lies in the moments of vulnerability
      Posted Oct 06, 2022
      Nothing Compares (2022) Rufus Hickok Nothing Compares is as powerful as its subject.
      Posted Sep 30, 2022
      Anonymous Club (2021) Kelli Ebensberger Serving as a meditation on loneliness, expectations, and the existential dread brought about by the climate crisis -- specifically the Australian bush fires of 2019 and 2020 -- this film resonates beyond music preferences.
      Posted Sep 30, 2022
      Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022) Katherine Powell By juxtaposing this current, politically correct terminology with the very real threat of impending doom as the characters are massacred one by one, DeLappe slyly critiques pop culture by presenting these terms in life or death circumstances.
      Posted Sep 30, 2022
      Vesper (2022) Sarah Lahue Vesper takes well-worn dystopian young-adult tropes and makes them new again -- or at least more compelling than they seem on paper -- through its sheer plausibility, an immersive atmosphere, and strong performances.
      Posted Sep 30, 2022
      Sharp Stick (2022) Grace Korthuis Sharp Stick went from a quirky story of an affair between a young girl and a married man to a frank portrayal of sex, human connection, and the fear accompanying it.
      Posted Aug 26, 2022
      National Theatre Live: Prima Facie (2022) Maya Mehrara In an age where women’s rights are being negotiated, threatened, and in some cases revoked entirely, Jodie Comer’s astonishing performance in the recording of the play Prima Facie is incredibly relevant and timely.
      Posted Aug 25, 2022
      Purple Hearts (2022) Margo Moran There’s nothing wrong with feel-good entertainment that may not reinvent the wheel, that makes audiences smile and feel content with a cozy happy ending. There is, however, A LOT wrong with Purple Hearts.
      Posted Aug 12, 2022
      Rehab Cabin (2021) Margo Moran This movie is full of biting commentary on the entitlement of the public to the private and personal aspects of celebrities' lives and asks us to take a hard look at the smaller acts of misguided saviorism we engage in.
      Posted Aug 04, 2022
      Both Sides of the Blade (2021) Sarah Lahue There is no actor who portrays the cutting sadness and hope of being in love quite like Juliette Binoche, and it’s a talent she puts to great use in Claire Denis’ high-stakes romantic drama Both Sides of the Blade.
      Posted Jul 08, 2022
      Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022) Dana Reinoos Good Luck is a two-person show, and its success hinges on the chemistry between Thompson and McCormack; thankfully, that chemistry is easy and abundant, as Leo and Nancy quietly change one another’s lives in this honest, intimate dramedy.
      Posted Jun 23, 2022
      Neptune Frost (2021) Kahmeela Adams Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman's Neptune Frost is a gorgeous, Afrofuturist musical that tells a story of love, loss, and anti-capitalism.
      Posted Jun 09, 2022
      Adventures in Success (2021) Dakotah Jennifer It makes us laugh, cringe, and think deeply about ourselves and who we shun or welcome in the name of comfort.
      Posted May 19, 2022
      Marvelous and the Black Hole (2020) Kate Beacom The film succeeds as an endearing account of an unlikely friendship and a bond formed in the black hole of living with grief, all with a dry wit and a refreshingly darker edge than films of this ilk typically have.
      Posted Apr 29, 2022
      Petite Maman (2021) Jenni Miller It is simple, beautiful child logic -- a child’s gaze, steady and clear.
      Posted Apr 22, 2022
      We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) Danielle Ryan Writer/director/editor Jane Schoenbrun’s feature debut, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, is a harrowing peek into teenage isolation and the pervasive power of the Internet.
      Posted Apr 21, 2022
      Alice (2022) Chiara Atoyebi The script touches upon many historical themes quickly and with subtlety, so you better be paying attention, or you'll miss them.
      Posted Apr 18, 2022
      Lucy and Desi (2022) Shadee Vossoughi Lucy and Desi is a perfect way for newbies and mega-fans to come together and honor the legacies of these two brilliant icons, and witness their imperfect yet unconditional love for one another.
      Posted Apr 01, 2022
      The Worst Person in the World (2021) Rebecca Katz While it has all of the makings of a rom-com – the voiceover, the red-herring love interest, the quirky asides, Trier was never trying to tell a love story.
      Posted Mar 05, 2022
      Emily the Criminal (2022) Sarah Manvel Writer-director John Patton Ford does a wonderful job of showing how the mutual interest between Youcef and Emily slowly blossoms both professionally and personally.
      Posted Feb 10, 2022
      Benedetta (2021) Jenni Miller The plot thickens with political intrigue and allusions that may be lost on viewers lacking historical context-but let's face it, we're really here to see Benedetta and Bartolomea ditch their nuns' habits and pick up some bad ones.
      Posted Jan 07, 2022
      A Tale of Love and Desire (2021) Valentine Fabre Leyla Bouzid's tour de force is her authentic portrayal of the many meanings of being Arab in France.
      Posted Dec 30, 2021
      Spencer (2021) Alison Lanier Kristen Stewart brings all her formidable powers to bear, blazing through the screen with a flamboyant, heartsick chaos that sears through quiet dialogue and tense, terrible scenes of solitude.
      Posted Nov 11, 2021
      Titane (2021) Kate Beacom The real depth of the film is in the relationship between Vincent and Alexia-as-Adrien, and in the lengths people will go to connect with another person, and to love and be loved.
      Posted Nov 08, 2021
      Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021) Lydia Wang Ma Belle, My Beauty takes the tired love triangle trope and obliterates it, creating something new.
      Posted Aug 27, 2021
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