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SXSW 2022 Review: “Atlas of the Heart”

In a world where we scroll to find the right GIF or emoji for a social media post, best-selling author and researcher Brené Brown wants to give us the words to express ourselves better in the HBO Max series “Atlas of the Heart.” More in this review from film site In Their Own League. Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: “Atlas of the Heart”

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Sundance 2022 Review: “Leonor Will Never Die”

Movie magic literally works its way into the life of a film director in “Leonor Will Never Die,” a touching meditation on grief woven through a fanciful ode to creativity. In Their Own League reviews Martika Ramirez Escobar’s Sundance 2022 film. Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Leonor Will Never Die”

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“I’m Into an Individual Gaze”: Director Nina Menkes and Colleagues at Sundance 2022 Talk Sexism and Being “Brainwashed”

Director Nina Menkes of the Sundance 2022 documentary “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power,” and her colleagues discuss objectifying film techniques, the male gaze, and encouraging an “individual gaze” for creative filmmaking. Film site In Their Own League has more details. Continue reading “I’m Into an Individual Gaze”: Director Nina Menkes and Colleagues at Sundance 2022 Talk Sexism and Being “Brainwashed”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”

The documentary “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”(2022) is sad, infuriating, and revelatory. Objectifying women in film and media is nothing new; yet in analyzing how filmmakers shoot men and women differently, director Nina Menkes shows just how entrenched—and insidious—this way of seeing is. More in this film review from In Their Own League Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”

Review: “Bruised”

Year: 2020 Runtime: 129 minutes Director: Halle Berry Writer: Michelle Rosenfarb Actors: Halle Berry, Sheila Atim, Adriane Lenox, Adan Canto, Danny Boyd Jr. By Valerie Kalfrin Halle Berry has often been a fighter. She leaped from TV shows to feature films after she persuaded director Spike Lee that she had the grit to play a crack addict in 1991’s “Jungle Fever.” As an executive producer … Continue reading Review: “Bruised”

Parallel Mothers: NYFF Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 2 hours Director: Pedro Almodóvar Writer: Pedro Almodóvar Stars: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Rossy de Palma By Valerie Kalfrin Mothers and daughters, identity and history combine in “Parallel Mothers” (2021), a twisty tale from writer-director Pedro Almodóvar that suggests our life stories don’t run on parallel tracks so much as intertwine. The closing night film of the New … Continue reading Parallel Mothers: NYFF Review

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REVIEW: “CODA”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 1 hour 51 min. Director: Sian Heder Writers: Sian Heder and Victoria Bedos, Stanislas Carré de Malberg, Éric Lartigau, and Thomas Bidegain (of “La Famille Bélier”) Cast: Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant, Eugenio Derbez, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, and Amy Forsyth By Valerie Kalfrin Every family has its own language, a shorthand of inside jokes, nicknames, memories, and subtext. For the … Continue reading REVIEW: “CODA”