Summary: Fresh out of college, Jane accepts an entry-level position for a god-awful film producer. Throughout the course of a single work day, her every move is scrutinized.
Takeaways: The main character, a frail and duteous worker, is a symbol for women in the workplace. The manipulative, power-hungry boss shames and belittles her just because the system allows him to. During the film, your skin will crawl. After the film, you will have a precise example for what work culture shouldn't be.
Summary: Under the Taliban rule, Parvana could only leave the home when accompanied by a man. When her father is forcibly taken away, Parvana's household of women has no escort to safely earn money or purchase goods. She is left with one choice: disguise herself as a boy.
Takeaways: Don't let the beautiful animation fool you: this movie is for people of all ages. The esthetic, based on the book by Deborah Ellis, is simply a mechanism to illustrate the poverty, fear, and gender inequality that came with the Taliban.
Summary: Olive Hoover is a slightly dorky, certainly fearless 7-year-old with a dream to win the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. Reluctantly, her dysfunctional family piles into a van for the ultimate road trip to this California content.
Takeaways: A classically quirky indie film that interrogates pageants, mocks the American road trip, and showcases family quarrels. Whether or not she wins the title, Olive 100% exudes sunshine.
Summary: 14-year-old Enola Holmes is determined to sidestep boarding school and find her dear mother. Sister of the one and only Sherlock Holmes, Enola is quite bright herself.
Takeaways: On top of her already lovable character, Enola Holmes' relationship with the viewer is a lovely depiction of breaking the fifth wall. Simply put, this movie was both funny and fun.
Summary: This comical spoof on a horror movie features attractive, naïve students messing around in the woods and two large, grungy guys who are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Takeaways: You know that feeling of frustration when movie characters stupidly waltz right into a dangerous situation? This movie ramps that up, leaving even anti-scary movie people laughing.