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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”

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 Interview with “Sirens” Director Rita Baghdadi

By Morgan Roberts Premiering at this year’s Sundance, “Sirens” is a documentary feature film following the lives of the women in the Lebanese metal band Slave to Sirens. The film explores the complexities of being in an all-female band, being misunderstood by society, and finding one’s voice. The film is directed by Moroccan-American filmmaker Rita Baghdadi. Baghdadi’s first feature film, “My Country No More,” was … Continue reading Sundance Interview with “Sirens” Director Rita Baghdadi

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”

Sundance 2022 Review: “The Janes”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 101 minutes Directors: Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes By Morgan Roberts The Jane Collective was an underground clinic for Chicagoan women in the 1960s and 1970s.  Before Roe v. Wade provided legal protection for women and uterine people seeking to terminate pregnancies, women did not have very many options.  Many times, women would find themselves working with mob doctors or having to … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “The Janes”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Speak No Evil”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 97 minutes Director: Christian Tafdrup Writer: Christian Tafdrup and Mads Tafdrup Stars: Morten Burian, Sidsel Siem Koch, Fedja van Huêt, Karina Smulders, Liva Forsberg, Marius Damslev By Morgan Roberts What happens when politeness gets the best of you? That is what Christan Tafdrup explores in his film “Speak No Evil”(2022). Danish couple Bjørn (Morten Burian) and Louise (Sidsel Siem Koch) agree to … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Speak No Evil”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Am I OK?”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 86 minutes Directors: Stephanie Allynne and Tig Notaro Writer: Lauren Pomerantz Stars: Dakota Johnson, Sonoya Mizuno, Jermaine Fowler, Kiersey Clemons, Molly Gordon, Whitmer Thomas, Sean Hayes, Tig Notaro By Morgan Roberts Best friends Lucy (Dakota Johnson) and Jane (Sonoya Mizuno) have been inseparable for years. The pair know everything about each other. However, when Jane makes a decision to take her career … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Am I OK?”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Resurrection”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 103 minutes Director/Writer: Andrew Semans Stars: Rebecca Hall, Tim Roth, Grace Kaufman, Michael Esper, Angela Wong Carbone By Morgan Roberts Andrew Seman’s film “Resurrection”(2022) is one filled with twists and turns.  Margaret (Rebecca Hall) has a seemingly perfect life.  She has a great job.  She has a strong relationship with her daughter Abbie (Grace Kaufman).  Even as a single parent, she finds … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Resurrection”