Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project – Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 102 minutes Directors: Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson By Sarah Manvel Three times in my life now I have seen an event at which I was present for a second time, in a documentary. The first was a concert, the second was a vigil for a murdered woman. The third was when I took a friend to hear Nikki Giovanni speak at … Continue reading Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project – 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 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

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

Polite Society: Sundance 2023 film review

Runtime: 103 minutes Director/Writer: Nida Manzoor Actors: Priya Kansara, Ritu Arya, Shobu Kapoor, Nimra Bucha, Ella Bruccoleri, Seraphina Beh, Sally Ann, Akshay Khanna by Sarah Manvel “Polite Society” is a wild thrill ride about a moody fifteen-year-old girl and her attempts to stop her sister’s wedding. It’s a fight movie in which all the fighters are women, a British movie with only one white main … Continue reading Polite Society: 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

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 Stalter, 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