Jennifer Lawrence on a bus Causeway
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London Film Festival: Causeway

Let's be real, I love a Jennifer Lawrence movie anyway I can get it. But I especially love that in Apple TV+'s CAUSEWAY Lawrence has gotten back to her roots, taking on a small-scale character study that is reminiscent of the kind of story that first put her on the map with WINTER'S BONE. From… Continue reading London Film Festival: Causeway

Paul Mescal Frankie Corio Aftersun
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London Film Festival: Aftersun

It's hard to believe AFTERSUN is writer/director Charlotte Wells's first feature because it is one of the most powerful films I saw at the London Film Festival this year, and one of my favorites. This is a film that left me speechless and teary-eyed as the end credits rolled, not because it is overtly sad… Continue reading London Film Festival: Aftersun

Emma Thomson as Miss Trunchbull Matilda
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London Film Festival Review: Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

I have loved the MATILDA story since I was little and idolized the titular heroine as the kind of girl I wanted to be—brave, whip-smart, and rebellious. What started off as a love of Roald Dahl's story about a girl with telekinetic powers turned into an every day viewing obsession when the original film version… Continue reading London Film Festival Review: Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

After Yang Sundance Colin Farrell
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Sundance Movie Review: After Yang

AFTER YANG, written and directed by Koganada, is a futuristic sci-fi opus, with gorgeous cinematography and a reflective message on being present, particularly in parenthood. It also takes a page out of films like Spielberg's A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE that ponder the humanity and morality surrounding AI, or "technosapiens", issues that are only going to get… Continue reading Sundance Movie Review: After Yang

Cha Cha Real Smooth Dakota Johnson
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Sundance Movie Review: Cha Cha Real Smooth

Writer/director Cooper Raiff's sophomore film CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH is a very special movie, with all of the makings to sweep up the awards at Sundance this year. The film is a heartfelt, romantic dramedy that focuses on self-growth, learning how to love, and celebrating differences. And more than that, it is really, really charming.… Continue reading Sundance Movie Review: Cha Cha Real Smooth

Lucy and Desi Documentary Sundance Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz
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Sundance Movie Review: Lucy and Desi

It is hard to put into words how much I was moved by Amy Poehler's masterpiece documentary LUCY AND DESI. The film is not only the definitive work on Ball and Arnaz's professional and personal relationship, but a moving love letter to the two most instrumental figures in television history. It is clear that this… Continue reading Sundance Movie Review: Lucy and Desi

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Sundance Movie Review: Dual

In DUAL, writer/director Riley Stearns takes advantage of the dual/duel homonym to make an original, creative sci-fi film that takes place in the near-ish future. Technology has reached a point where terminally ill patients can opt-in to clone themselves so that their deaths will be easier on family members. The clones live with the patient… Continue reading Sundance Movie Review: Dual

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Sundance Movie Review: 892

Based on real events, 892 tells the riveting story of Brian Easley (played by John Boyega), a 33-year-old Marine veteran who entered a bank on July 7, 2017 and took two hostages while claiming to have explosives in his backpack. Brian isn't your typical bank robber; he is mild-mannered, uses the terms "ma'am" and "please"… Continue reading Sundance Movie Review: 892