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 Rosa Parra “The Pod Generation”(2023) is written and directed by Sophie Barthes and stars Emilia Clark, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rosalie Craig, Vinette Robinson and Jean-Marc Barr. It follows married couple Rachel (Clark) and Alvy (Ejiofor) who are looking to grow their family in a new technologically … Continue reading The Pod Generation: Sundance 2023 Film Review

The Menu and the Impact of Criticism

By Joan Amenn Food has always been a crucial centerpiece to my life, almost as much and perhaps more than movies, largely because of my heritage. My father had a deep obsession with eating in restaurants to discover what was new and trendy during the organic food movement of the 1970’s. My mother was and remains an outstanding cook whose dinner parties are literally the … Continue reading The Menu and the Impact of Criticism

Girl: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 87 minutes Director/Writer: Adura Onashile Actors: Déborah Lukumuena, Le’Shantey Bonsu, Liana Turner, Danny Sapani, Ayesha Antoine by Sarah Manvel There must be something in the Scottish water which makes it easy for Scottish filmmakers to create astonishing mood pieces about isolation set in the middle of a city. Think of “Trainspotting”(1996), in which the rowdy gang of junkies are, despite the busyness … Continue reading Girl: Sundance 2023 Film Review

A Little Prayer: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 91 Minutes Director/Writer: Angus MacLachlan Stars: David Straithairn, Celia Weston, Jane Levy, Will Cullen, Anna Camp, Dascha Polanco, Billie Roy By Morgan Roberts “A Little Prayer” is a family dramedy that tackles family dynamics and expectations in an extremely human way. When Bill (David Strathairn) suspects his son Will (Will Pullen) is cheating on his wife, he attempts to use his patriarchal … Continue reading A Little Prayer: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 89 Minutes Director/Writer: Anna Hints By Morgan Roberts In Estonia, women gather to a dark smoke sauna to discuss life, loss, insecurities and strengths. Joining the women in this intimate setting, “Smoke Sauna Sisterhood” highlights the power of stories and connection. The idea is that, in this space in the damp heat, the women can share their pain and shame to remove … Continue reading Smoke Sauna Sisterhood: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Magazine Dreams: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 124 Minutes Director/Writer: Elijah Bynum Stars: Jonathan Majors, Haley Bennett, Taylour Page, Mike O’Hearn, Harrison Page, Harriet Sansom Harris By Morgan Roberts Obsession. It is the overarching theme in the latest Elijah Bynum film, “Magazine Dreams.” Killian Maddox (Jonathan Majors) wants to be one of the top body builders. It consumes most conversations he has and every action he takes. It is … Continue reading Magazine Dreams: Sundance 2023 Film Review

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

Plan C: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 99 minutes Director: Tracy Droz Tragos By Rosa Parra Directed and produced by Tracy Droz Tragos, “Plan C” is a documentary that follows a pair of women who are responsible for developing the Plan C organization, co-founded by Francine Coeytaux, who has worked in public health for various decades.  Plan C is aimed at those interested in seeking an abortion, but need … Continue reading Plan C: 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