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”

Sundance Review 2022: “Palm Trees and Power Lines”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 114 minutes Director: Jamie Dack Writers: Jamie Dack, Audrey Findlay Stars: Lily McInerny, Jonathan Tucker, Gretchen Mol By Morgan Roberts Lea (Lily McInerny) is a bored teenager existing over a banal summer, simply waiting for her life to start.  Her mom, Sandra (Gretchen Mol) isn’t always the most attentive.  So, one evening, Lea meets Tom (Jonathan Tucker), a man significantly older than … Continue reading Sundance Review 2022: “Palm Trees and Power Lines”

Sundance 2022 Review: “The Mission”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 95 minutes Director: Tania Anderson By Morgan Roberts After high school, some young adults head straight to college, some take a gap year, and for some, their faith sends them to far reaches of the world to preach their gospel. In “The Mission” (2022), director Tania Anderson follows four young Mormon missionaries as they head to Finland for a two year Mission … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “The Mission”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 102 minutes Director/Writer: Adamma Ebo Stars: Regina Hall, Sterling K. Brown, Nicole Beharie, Conphidance, Andrea Laing, Austin Crute By Morgan Roberts Megachurches can be an all-encompassing part of someone’s life.  So, when Pastor Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown) finds himself embroiled in scandal, he must rely on help from his wife Trinity (Regina Hall) and a documentary crew to save face and … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul”

Sundance Interview: “Call Jane” Director Phyllis Nagy

By Morgan Roberts The feature film, “Call Jane” (2022) had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The film details the life of Joy (Elizabeth Banks), a Chicagoan who finds herself in need of an abortion. Except, in 1968 America, there is no way to legally access an abortion. Joy then seeks help from the Jane Collective – or the Janes – to, … Continue reading Sundance Interview: “Call Jane” Director Phyllis Nagy

Sundance 2022 Review: “Call Jane”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 121 minutes Director: Phyllis Nagy Writers: Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi Stars: Elizabeth Banks, Chris Messina, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Mara, Wunmi Mosaku, Cory Michael Smith, Grace Edwards By Morgan Roberts In 1968 America, abortion was illegal.  Illegal did not mean, nor has it ever meant, not occurring.  On the contrary.  When abortion is illegal, it generally just means it is unsafe.  In … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Call Jane”

Sundance 2022 Review: “La Guerra Civil”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 102 minutes Director: Eva Longoria Bastón By Morgan Roberts A quarter of a century ago, we witnessed a historic boxing match: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Julio César Chávez. Now, 25 years later, the sociopolitical and cultural struggles are examined in Eva Longoria Bastón’s feature directorial debut “La Guerra Civil” (2022). You do not have to be familiar with this fight before … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “La Guerra Civil”