GFF2022 Review: Where is Anne Frank

Year: 2021 Runtime: 99 minutes Director: Ari Folman Writer: Ari Folman Starring: Ruby Stokes, Emily Carey By Calum Cooper Anne Frank is a girl whose story everyone has heard; a Jewish teenager whose life was taken far too soon by the evils of the Holocaust. Yet her diary, published by her father, has ensured that her creative talent and emotional insights have lived on for … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: Where is Anne Frank

GFF2022 Review: Nitram

Year: 2021 Runtime: 112 minutes Director: Justin Kurzel Writer: Shaun Grant Starring: Caleb Landry Jones, Judy Davis, Essie Davis, Anthony LaPaglia By Calum Cooper “Nitram” (2021) is a disturbing film by design, yet even as I write this I’m unsure if this is to the film’s benefit or detriment. It is somewhat reminiscent of Todd Phillips‘ “Joker” (2019), a film that, while technically well crafted, … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: Nitram

Black History Month Review: Oscar Peterson: Black + White

Year: 2020 Runtime: 81 Minutes Director: Barry Avrich By Joan Amenn As a jazz lover, I had an Oscar Peterson shaped hole in my heart I never knew of. Thankfully, director Barry Avrich has contributed to my complete recovery with this beautiful “docu-concert” about the legendary pianist. Along with the commentary of friends, family and fellow musicians, we get to hear the astonishingly complex sound … Continue reading Black History Month Review: Oscar Peterson: Black + White

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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”

REVIEW: “I WANT YOU BACK” (2022) AMAZON STUDIOS

Year: 2022 Runtime: 111 Minutes Director: Jason Orley Writer: Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger Stars: Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Scott Eastwood, Gina Rodriguez, Manny Jacinto, Clark Backo, Luke David Blumm By Peggy Marie Have you ever found yourself watching a movie where the surprise of how good it is actually stuns you? Well colour me that person with this wonderful little surprise from director Jason Orley and writers Isaac … Continue reading REVIEW: “I WANT YOU BACK” (2022) AMAZON STUDIOS

Sundance 2022 Review: “Aftershock”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 86 minutes Directors: Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee By Morgan Roberts The United States has an alarming maternal mortality rate. But the maternal mortality rate is highest among Black women. “Aftershock” explores the systemic racism seeped in maternal care and those fighting for justice in memory of those lost to this negligence. Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac were expecting mothers, … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Aftershock”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Summering”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 87 minutes Director: James Ponsoldt Writers: Benjamin Percy and James Ponsoldt Stars: Lia Barnett, Madalen Mills, Eden Grace Redfield, Sanai Victoria, Lake Bell, Sarah Cooper, Ashley Madekwe, Megan Mullally By Morgan Roberts “Summering”(2022) follows four friends – Daisy (Lia Barnett), Dina (Madalen Mills), Mari (Eden Grace Redfield), and Lola (Sanai Victoria) – as they spend their final weekend of summer vacation together … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Summering”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 78 minutes Director: Rita Baghdadi By Morgan Roberts “Sirens”(2022) is a documentary film which gives audiences an intimate look into lives of the women of the band Slave to Sirens. Slave to Sirens is a metal band from Beirut, Lebanon. The two central individuals of focus are guitarists Lilas and Shery. Lilas and Shery are creative partners, writing many songs together. As … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”