Sundance Review: “Son Of Monarchs”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 97 minutes Writer/Director: Alexis Gambis Stars: Tenoch Huerta, William Mapother, Paulina Gaitan, Electra Avellan, Alexia Rasmussen, Noé Hernández By Morgan Roberts Science and nature are typically depicted at odds with each other. Sure, there is enough of science trying to recreate and manipulate nature. But is there more to this dichotomy than meets the eye? In Alexis Gambis’ award-winning film, “Son of … Continue reading Sundance Review: “Son Of Monarchs”

Sundance Review: “The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet”

Year: 2021Runtime: 73 minutesWriter/Director: Ana KatzStars: Daniel Katz, Valerie Lois, Mirella Pascual, Carlos Portaluppi, Julieta Zylberberg By Morgan Roberts In Argentinian writer/director Ana Katz‘s latest film, “The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet,” Sebastian (Daniel Katz) is at a crossroads. The film follows Sebastian as he goes from one odd job to the next, doing everything to survive. Meanwhile, as Sebastian moves through life, Earth faces … Continue reading Sundance Review: “The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet”

Sundance Review: “Together Together”

Year: 2021Runtime: 90 minutesWriter/Director: Nikole BeckwithStars: Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, Julio Torres By Morgan Roberts Matt (Ed Helms) wants to be a dad. He just doesn’t have a partner. So, in his quest for fatherhood and to build his own family, Matt decides to enlist the help of a surrogate. Enter Anna (Patti Harrison), a woman in her mid-twenties trying to realign her life. As … Continue reading Sundance Review: “Together Together”

Sundance Review: “Flee”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 83 minutes Director/Writer: Jonas Her Rasmussen By Morgan Roberts No two immigration stories are ever the same. Sometimes the immigration story for survival differs from the one in reality. In “Flee” (2021), one such story is told. Amin is a refugee from Afghanistan. Since his youth, he has been living in Denmark, fleeing to the country as an unaccompanied minor. His entire … Continue reading Sundance Review: “Flee”

Sundance Review: “Mass”

Year: 2021Runtime: 110 minutesDirector/Writer: Fran KranzStars: Reed Birney, Michelle N. Carter, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Breeda Wool By Morgan Roberts *Warning: This review discusses gun violence* What happens in the aftermath of a school shooting? We know the immediate aftermath. We broadcast the pain of the survivors and those who survive the victims. We send thoughts and prayers to loved ones robbed of … Continue reading Sundance Review: “Mass”

Sundance Review: “Mayday”

Year: 2021Runtime: 100 minutesWriter/Director: Karen CinorreStars: Grace Van Patten, Mia Goth, Soko, Havana Rose Líu, Theodore Pellerin, Juliette Lewis By Morgan Roberts When we are at a crossroads in life, how do we ever truly escape to be able to examine where we want to go? In “Mayday“ (2021), Ana (Grace Van Patten) is transported to another world where women rule the island and men … Continue reading Sundance Review: “Mayday”

Sundance Review: “Jockey”

Year: 2021Runtime: 94 minutesDirector: Clint BentleyWriter: Clint Bentley, Greg KwedarStars: Clifton Collins Jr., Moises Arias, Molly Parker By Morgan Roberts The world of horse racing is explored in Clint Bentley‘s “Jockey” (2021). Jackson (Clifton Collins Jr.) is an aging jockey, eager to experience one last glorious lap before his ailing body finally gives in to the years of injury and chronic pain. Jackson works with … Continue reading Sundance Review: “Jockey”

Sundance Review: “Marvelous and the Black Hole”

Year: 2021Runtime: 81 minutesWriter/Director: Kate TsangStars: Miya Cech, Rhea Perlman, Leonardo Nam, Kannon, Paulina Lule, Keith Powell, Jonathan Slavin By Morgan Roberts Sammy (Miya Cech) is continuing to struggle after the death of her mother. Sammy is getting into trouble at school, forcing her dad (Leonardo Nam) to give her an ultimatum: go to summer school at the community college and keep up your grades … Continue reading Sundance Review: “Marvelous and the Black Hole”

Sundance Review: “Film About a Father Who”

Year: 2020 Runtime: 74 minutes Director: Lynne Sachs Writer: Lynne Sachs By Joan Amenn Part of the lineup of documentaries having to do with family histories at Sundance and also shown at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City in an exhibition of her work, Lynne Sachs’ “Film About a Father Who” (2020) is an enigma wrapped in a mystery. Like looking … Continue reading Sundance Review: “Film About a Father Who”

Sundance Review: “On The Count of Three”

Year: 2021Runtime: 84 minutesDirector: Jerrod CarmichaelWriters: Ari Katcher, Ryan WelchStars: Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott, Tiffany Haddish, Henry Winkler By Morgan Roberts *Warning: This review discusses suicide and mental health distress* On the count of 1…2…3. Friends Val (Jerrod Carmichael) and Kevin (Christopher Abbott) have planned to have one last day. At the end of the day, they plan to kill themselves in a suicide pact. … Continue reading Sundance Review: “On The Count of Three”