A white woman in her thirties stands in a warehouse with a blurred background. Her brown hair is pulled back. She wears a gray tank top and has a brown shoulder bag.

Review: “Emily the Criminal”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 97 minutes Director: John Patton Ford Writer: John Patton Ford Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Jonathan Avigdori, Gina Gershon, Bernardo Badillo, and Megalyn Echikunwoke By Valerie Kalfrin Unflinching and unapologetic, the taut crime drama “Emily the Criminal” shows a woman on the wrong side of the law who digs herself in further through desperation, frustration, and especially anger. Aubrey Plaza (“Black Bear,” … Continue reading Review: “Emily the Criminal”

The Broken Hearts Gallery

Morgan’s Top 10 Films of 2020

By Morgan Roberts Wow. 2020 was a giant dumpster fire, wasn’t it? But here’s the thing: television and films saved us. The arts are always the first thing to go with budget cuts, but without art this year, how many of us would have the respite we so desperately needed during this time? So, thank you to everyone who puts their all into their craft, … Continue reading Morgan’s Top 10 Films of 2020

NiGHTSTREAM Review: Black Bear

One of the strongest and most compelling elements of “Black Bear” is Plaza’s performance as she truly commands the screen with Allison’s controlling personality. She’s clearly comes with a purpose that she’s keeping hidden to herself and although she’s never exactly truthful with what she’s saying, Plaza constantly piques your curiosity just to keep you wondering what’s true and what’s not. Allison is also a huge provocateur, at least in the first half of the film, as she elevates issues between Blair and Gabe by throwing opinions out there and trying to back pedal out of it. Even for her causing a rift between these two likely for the sake of some dramatic inspiration, there’s still a distinct charm that Plaza brings to the character that keeps you invested and intrigued by everything she does. Continue reading NiGHTSTREAM Review: Black Bear