When It Melts (Het Smelt): Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 111 minutes Director: Veerle Baetens Writers: Veerle Baetens and Maarten Loix, based on the novel by Lize Spit Starring: Charlotte De Bruyne, Rosa Marchant, Sebastien Dewaele, Naomi Velissariou By Sarah Manvel The callousness and narcissism of teenagers, especially male ones, are seen as an immovable part of human nature, and adults will do almost anything to dodge dealing with that. Whether that’s … Continue reading When It Melts (Het Smelt): Sundance 2023 Film Review

Cat Person: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 118 Minutes Director/Writer: Susanna Fogel, Kristen Roupenian (Based on the short story by) Stars: Emilia Jones, Nicholas Braun, Geraldine Viswanathan, Isabella Rossellini, Fred Melamed, Hope Davis By Morgan Roberts If you have the misfortune of being a single person in the age of dating apps and where texting constitutes as “talking,” then you know the minefield you have to navigate in your … Continue reading Cat Person: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project – Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 102 minutes Directors: Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson By Sarah Manvel Three times in my life now I have seen an event at which I was present for a second time, in a documentary. The first was a concert, the second was a vigil for a murdered woman. The third was when I took a friend to hear Nikki Giovanni speak at … Continue reading Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project – Sundance 2023 Film Review

The Lineup: Films Were Eyeing in February

By Tom Moore and Joan Amenn On the surface, February might seem a little light for female-directed films hitting theaters and streaming, but it’s actually chock-full of potential hits. From a star-studded Netflix rom com coming right in time for Valentine’s Day to the latest film from an actress turned director about a wild true story, February has got plenty of new films worth looking … Continue reading The Lineup: Films Were Eyeing in February

The Pod Generation: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 109 minutes Director/Writer: Sophie Barthes Stars: Emilia Clarke, Chiwetel Eijofor, Rosalie Craig, Vinette Robinson, Jean-Marc Barr By Rosa Parra “The Pod Generation”(2023) is written and directed by Sophie Barthes and stars Emilia Clark, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rosalie Craig, Vinette Robinson and Jean-Marc Barr. It follows married couple Rachel (Clark) and Alvy (Ejiofor) who are looking to grow their family in a new technologically … Continue reading The Pod Generation: Sundance 2023 Film Review

The Menu and the Impact of Criticism

By Joan Amenn Food has always been a crucial centerpiece to my life, almost as much and perhaps more than movies, largely because of my heritage. My father had a deep obsession with eating in restaurants to discover what was new and trendy during the organic food movement of the 1970’s. My mother was and remains an outstanding cook whose dinner parties are literally the … Continue reading The Menu and the Impact of Criticism

Girl: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 87 minutes Director/Writer: Adura Onashile Actors: Déborah Lukumuena, Le’Shantey Bonsu, Liana Turner, Danny Sapani, Ayesha Antoine by Sarah Manvel There must be something in the Scottish water which makes it easy for Scottish filmmakers to create astonishing mood pieces about isolation set in the middle of a city. Think of “Trainspotting”(1996), in which the rowdy gang of junkies are, despite the busyness … Continue reading Girl: Sundance 2023 Film Review

A Little Prayer: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 91 Minutes Director/Writer: Angus MacLachlan Stars: David Straithairn, Celia Weston, Jane Levy, Will Cullen, Anna Camp, Dascha Polanco, Billie Roy By Morgan Roberts “A Little Prayer” is a family dramedy that tackles family dynamics and expectations in an extremely human way. When Bill (David Strathairn) suspects his son Will (Will Pullen) is cheating on his wife, he attempts to use his patriarchal … Continue reading A Little Prayer: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Polite Society: Sundance 2023 film review

Runtime: 103 minutes Director/Writer: Nida Manzoor Actors: Priya Kansara, Ritu Arya, Shobu Kapoor, Nimra Bucha, Ella Bruccoleri, Seraphina Beh, Sally Ann, Akshay Khanna by Sarah Manvel “Polite Society” is a wild thrill ride about a moody fifteen-year-old girl and her attempts to stop her sister’s wedding. It’s a fight movie in which all the fighters are women, a British movie with only one white main … Continue reading Polite Society: Sundance 2023 film review