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 Morgan Roberts “The Pod Generation” follows couple Rachel (Emilia Clarke) and Alfy (Chiwetel Ejiofor) as they look to expand their family. In the 22nd century, technology has provided humans with comfort, from AI therapist to “Her”-esque personal assistants. So when it comes to having children, … Continue reading The Pod Generation: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Fancy Dance: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 90 Minutes Director: Erica Tremblay Writers: Erica Tremblay, Miciana Alise Stars: Lily Gladstone, Isabel Deroy-Olson, Ryan Begay, Shea Whigham, Audrey Wasilewski By Morgan Roberts Her sister is missing. Her niece is no longer in her custody. What can Jax (Lily Gladstone) do? In this heartfelt and anxiety-producing drama, Jax kidnaps her niece and searches for her missing sister after she disappears from … Continue reading Fancy Dance: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Theater Camp: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 94 Minutes Directers: Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman Writers: Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman, Ben Platt Stars: Molly Gordon, Ben Platt, Noah Galvin, Jimmy Tatro, Patti Harrison, Ayo Edibiri, Amy Sedaris, Caroline Aaron, Nathan Lee Graham, Owen Thiele, Alan Kim By Morgan Roberts For some, theater is life. And for the kids and instructors at AidrondACTS, a theater camp in upstate New … Continue reading Theater Camp: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Sometimes I Think About Dying: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 91 Minutes Director: Rachel Lambert Writers: Kevin Armento, Stefanie Abel Horowitz, Katy Wright-Mead Stars: Daisy Ridley, Dave Merheje, Parvesh Cheena, Marcia Debonis, Meg Starter, Brittany O’Grady   By Morgan Roberts “It’s hard being a person.” Fran (Daisy Ridley) leads a banal life. She works in an office, keeps to herself, and daydreams about dying. But her usual thoughts and spreadsheets are interrupted … Continue reading Sometimes I Think About Dying: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Retrospective: Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Film critic Calum Cooper writes a retrospective piece on Sight & Sound’s newest greatest film of all time, Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman. Continue reading Retrospective: Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Film Review: Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Year: 2022 Runtime: 146 minutes Director: Kasi Lemmons Writers: Anthony McCarten Starring: Naomi Ackie, Ashton Sanders, Stanley Tucci, Clarke Peters, Nafessa Williams, Tamara Tunie By Tom Moore Director Kasi Lemmons follows up her 2019 biopic “Harriet” with a film focusing on the legacy of another historic black figure, Whitney Houston. However, the film, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” is more of a standard collection of … Continue reading Film Review: Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Personal Best: ITOL’s Favorite Films of 2022

A year’s end inspires memories, contemplation, aspirations—and for critics, talk about which films we loved and which ones we missed. As 2022 winds down, the ITOL team raises a toast to our personal favorites, from a mother’s fight for justice and a father-daughter sojourn to fierce pursuits of agency, pleasure, identity, and power. The films below (more than 50, with links to our writers’ reviews … Continue reading Personal Best: ITOL’s Favorite Films of 2022

From “Sugarland” to “The Fabelmans”: Mother Figures by Steven Spielberg

By Brian Skutle In “The Fabelmans” (2022), Steven Spielberg finally turns the lens on his own family after spending nearly five decades taking bits and pieces of his upbringing for stories as varied as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989) and “Catch Me if You Can” (2002). Here, we follow his surrogate, Sammy … Continue reading From “Sugarland” to “The Fabelmans”: Mother Figures by Steven Spielberg

Blue Jean (2022) – Review

Film critic Calum Cooper reviews Georgia Oakley’s directorial debut “Blue Jean”, a triumphant Indie film that is quietly scathing of prejudice, and proudly celebrant of the LGBTQ+ community. Continue reading Blue Jean (2022) – Review

Women Talking (2022) – A Roundtable of Reviews

In this special feature for In Their Own League, various writers from the league come together to share their thoughts on Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking”, in celebration of the film’s themes and structure. Continue reading Women Talking (2022) – A Roundtable of Reviews