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Rating Title/Year Author
Queer Japan (2019) Serena Scateni The film is a celebration, but it also passes the microphone to the understated realities of its milieu. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
Lingua Franca (2019) Aaron Hunt Sandoval sells Olivia's perspective in brief and remarkable performance notes. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Break the Silence: The Movie (2020) Monica Uszerowicz My adoration for BTS is cumulative; the more of them I see, the more of them I love. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Through the Night (2020) Natalie Erazo The film poses urgent questions about the ever-pressing conditions and unfulfilled needs of Black and brown working-class mothers. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Coded Bias (2020) Dan Schindel A sobering look at how, rather than a hypothetical sci-fi scenario, in many ways we already live under a high-tech police state. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Smooth Talk (1985) Dan Schindel Chopra has a precise eye for the vagaries of young adulthood, an Dern perfectly embodies the push-pull between Connie's curiosity and desire and the often-intimidating reality of adulthood. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
I Am Greta (2020) Dan Schindel That the movie tries to be inspirational makes me wonder whether those moments of truth are accidental, and if this is ultimately just another example of patting Thunberg on the head and telling her how cool she is without really absorbing her message. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Possessor: Uncut (2020) Dan Schindel In this sci-fi thriller, the dehumanizing effect of technology becomes brutally, physically literal. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
This Is Not a Movie (2019) Dan Schindel A challenge to multiple misguided assumptions the establishment makes about both journalism in general and reporting on West Asia more specifically. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
City Hall (2020) Dan Schindel Wiseman finds an almost hypnotic rhythm in how he edits his films, acting as a serene observer of everything that transpires. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Eileen G'Sell Of a piece with much of Kaufman's kooky, if doleful, oeuvre. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Midnight in Paris (2019) Dan Schindel Moore and Blagden have an impeccable sense for where to place their cameras to observe the proceedings with gentle curiosity. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Nationtime (1972) Dan Schindel You can see how Greaves captures the energy of the event, observing speakers such as Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King, and Betty Shabazz, as well as the effect their speeches have on the attendees. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) Dan Schindel Though winningly performed by Schreck, the fact that the show is so forthright about the fundamental inequities of the US and yet still considers this structure up for debate speaks to a blinkered worldview, which is quite disappointing. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Dan Schindel As a director, Sorkin can barely muster any verve, portraying the highly charged atmosphere of the times with persistent flatness both in and out of the courtroom. As a writer, he cannot hope to properly capture the radical spirit of his protagonists. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Charm City Kings (2020) Dan Schindel The performances, especially by Winston and Mill, are tremendous EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Kingdom of Silence (2020) Dan Schindel It's stifled by the fact that many of the "experts" on the subject stand by the party line that US support of Saudi Arabia is necessary for "stability" in the region. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Push (2018) Dan Schindel Such an expansive view of a global issue makes for a daunting experience, to say the least, but it's one well worth your time. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Thank You and Good Night (1991) Dan Schindel An at turns philosophical, morbid, and funny meditation on death EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles (2020) Dan Schindel Primarily, though, you should show up for the mouth-watering food porn. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Kajillionaire (2020) Beandrea July A gratifying watch, the oddball family dramedy is fundamentally about what it means to re-parent one's self as an adult. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Her Socialist Smile (2020) Bedatri D. Choudhury Reconstructs Keller from an icon of vague, feel-good platitudes to the fiercely political woman she truly was. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
The Way I See It (2020) Dan Schindel This privileging of tone and affect over deed and effect evinces a truly toothless vision of politics and the presidency, one with no consideration of power and how it works. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
My Octopus Teacher (2020) Dan Schindel It's full of genuine wonder about the natural world, and frames the central relationship in terms that go beyond the mere "Aww, that's cute!" response. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Residue (2020) Dan Schindel In Gerima's lens, the alienation of gentrification is rendered in almost impressionistic ways. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Enemies of the State (2020) Kambole Campbell Kennebeck's timeline of events, the numerous players, and their ideas about the truth of the case are a confusing mess. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
MLK/FBI (2020) Kambole Campbell Pollard's organization of his material is masterful EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Kambole Campbell For all of American Utopia's joy in revisiting these classics, it also has surprising urgency, full of calls to action, specifically around contemporary Black protest. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Space Dogs (2020) Dan Schindel In telling these animals' stories, directors Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter decline to anthropomorphize them, instead asking the audience to try out an alien perspective. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Desert One (2019) Dan Schindel Kopple's best films capture blistering humanity, and that's mostly absent here. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Feels Good Man (2020) Dan Schindel Manages to be harrowing on multiple, completely different wavelengths EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
#Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) Dan Schindel It's astonishing how poorly this film constructs and positions its arguments. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
() Dan Schindel Ai's critique of his home country remains relentless, in particular identifying how bureaucracy can leave people out in the cold. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Tesla (2020) Dan Schindel It is less "the story of Nikola Tesla" than a dialogue with the audience about Tesla. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Boys State (2020) Dan Schindel The idea behind the program is to instruct these kids in the vagaries of politics, and the film in turn explores politics as practiced in the US today - so this is both a comedy and a horror movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Relic (2020) Eileen G'Sell "Relic" delves into a darkness beyond filial caregiving, approaching the mother figure as the first, and last, monster, her house a veritable womb for distinctly female trauma. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Song Without a Name (2019) Ela Bittencourt Its majestic, emotionally charged imagery, and stark vision of unredeemed humanity, are immensely engrossing. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Howard (2018) Juan Barquin Covers Ashman's life and work in a generally Wikipedia-like way that does not measure up to the man's stature. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Days of the Whale (2019) Monica Castillo Feels like a rebellion against hopelessness EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Flannery (2019) Seph Rodney Expresses the author's genius but goes to tortured lengths to excuse her racism. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
() Serena Scateni Features a wealth of skillfully written characters attuned to Japan's contemporary social dysfunctions. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Belly of the Beast (2020) Bedatri D. Choudhury Demonstrates how exclusionary our social myths around motherhood and giving birth are. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
The Donut King (2020) Dan Schindel Demonstrates how there's never truly a simple rags-to-riches story. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Reiwa Uprising (2019) Serena Scateni The road to democracy is paved with uncertainty, and Hara tries to record every shock to the system. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
Me and the Cult Leader (2020) Serena Scateni Me and the Cult Leader proves to be a study not just in the possibilities of interpersonal understanding over mass tragedies, but also its limits. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
The Painter and the Thief (2020) Dan Schindel Deftly balances several disparate but not wholly unrelated issues around class, criminality, labor, and ethics, particularly as they relate to the art world. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Eileen G'Sell For any American even mildly ignorant of the rich, complex legacy of Civil Rights within our decidedly disunited country, this should be mandatory viewing. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
Family Romance, LLC (2019) Dan Schindel Herzog pushes the audience to consider where their line is, and whether it might be further away from "genuine" than they might first assume. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
AKA Jane Roe (2020) Dan Schindel AKA Jane Roe doesn't forget to center McCorvey throughout. The portrait that emerges is of someone who grappled with abuse throughout her life... EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
The Wolf House (2018) Dan Schindel The Wolf House is thick with layered references to Chile's repression under Pinochet, but it's not necessary to understand any of them to get the full brunt of its terrifying, intricately animated imagery. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020