Review: “Judas And the Black Messiah”

Year: 2021Runtime: 126 minutesDirector: Shaka KingWriters: Will Berson, Shaka King, Kenneth Lucas, Keith LucasStars: LaKeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya, Danielle Fishback, Jesse Plemons By Morgan Roberts There are many important figures who have been lost to history. Slowly, cinema has started to educate audiences about a number of humans purposefully misplaced by time and white supremacy. In “Judas and the Black Messiah” (2021), one such figure’s … Continue reading Review: “Judas And the Black Messiah”

Sundance Review: “My Name Is Pauli Murray”

Year: 2021Runtime: 91 minutesDirectors: Julie Cohen and Betsy West By Morgan Roberts Who was Pauli Murray? Murray was a lawyer, an educator, a Civil Right’s activist, an author, an Episcopalian priest, a labor rights activist, and a pioneer for women’s rights. Without the work of Pauli Murray, many achievements in women’s rights and LGBTQ rights movements would have never been realized. From directors Julie Cohen … Continue reading Sundance Review: “My Name Is Pauli Murray”

Sundance Review: “Cryptozoo”

The premise of “Cryptozoo” (2021) appears simple. Lauren (Lake Bell) tries to help capture the Baku, a dream-eating cryptid, and then the moral dilemma of, “should we put these creatures on display or should they remain hidden” arises. Lauren goes on her quest with a gorgon named Phoebe (Angeliki Papoulia). Continue reading Sundance Review: “Cryptozoo”

Sundance Review: “Passing”

Based on the 1929 novella of the same name, “Passing” (2021) is a look at racial identity, gender, sexuality, and class. The film follows childhood friends Irene (Tessa Thompson) and Clare (Ruth Negga) who reconnect later in life. Irene lives her life as a Black woman and passes as white from time to time for convenience. Clare, however, has chosen live life as a white woman, likely continuing to do so due to her husband John’s (Alexander Skarsgård) racist viewpoint. Hence, the title “Passing.” Continue reading Sundance Review: “Passing”

Sundance Review: “John And The Hole”

Year: 2021Runtime: 98 MinutesDirector: Pascual SistoWriter: Nicolás GlacoboneStars: Charlie Shotwell, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Ehle, Taissa Farmiga By Morgan Roberts “John and the Hole” (2021) is a film that possesses a lot of holes itself. The film follows John (Charlie Shotwell) is a privileged teenager living with his parents (Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Ehle) and older sister (Taissa Farmiga). John is introduced as a … Continue reading Sundance Review: “John And The Hole”

Sundance Review: “Rebel Hearts”

What happens when you fight the status quo? What happens when you fight an entity that has centuries of power? In “Rebel Hearts” (2021), we learn about the time the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary did just that in the 1960s. Back then, for some women, becoming a nun was an avenue to give back to their communities, obtain an education, and not be required to become a housewife. Continue reading Sundance Review: “Rebel Hearts”

Sundance Review: “The World To Come”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 98 minutes Director: Mona Fastvold Writer: Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard Stars: Katherine Waterston, Vanessa Kirby, Casey Affleck, Christopher Abbott By Morgan Roberts “Tuesday, January 1st, 1856.” Our film begins at the start of a new year. Abigail (Katherine Waterston) and her husband Dyer (Casey Affleck) bleakly begin the year ahead. It is Upstate New York, rural and farming. After a tragic … Continue reading Sundance Review: “The World To Come”

Sundance Review: “Summer of Soul (… Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”

The same summer that the famous Woodstock concert occurred, there was a concert series happening in NYC’s Harlem neighborhood. “Summer of Soul (…Or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” (2021) gives us a glimpse at this concert series, lost to time. The footage from these concerts have not been seen for 50 years. Continue reading Sundance Review: “Summer of Soul (… Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”

Sundance Review: “Try Harder!”

Year: 2021Runtime:Director: Debbie Lum By Morgan Roberts There is a pressure for students to be high-achieving that has not been seen before. As time progresses, the barometer for success keeps climbing and the expectations for students pursuing a postsecondary education is increasing with it. In Debbie Lum’s documentary film “Try Harder!” we are given a glimpse of what high school students in America face as … Continue reading Sundance Review: “Try Harder!”

Sundance Exclusive Review: The GoGo’s

“The GoGo’s” is a documentary following the all-female rock band from the 1980s who wrote and played their own songs. They were also the first all-woman band to be managed by a woman. Told from the GoGo’s themselves (the original members and the current ones too), this documentary dives into the beginnings, hits, highs, lows, their disintegration, and their comeback. Continue reading Sundance Exclusive Review: The GoGo’s