With a story about surviving sexual assault, The Light of the Moon may perhaps be one of the most timeliest films of the year. The long awaited directorial debut from writer/director Jessica M. Thompson is a very important film with a cast includes Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Stahl-David, Conrad Ricamora, and Catherine Curtin. The Light of the Moon takes place over the span of six weeks after Latina architect Bonnie (Beatriz) makes her way back home after…"The Light of the Moon: A Timely Film about Surviving"
A Bad Idea Gone Wrong offers Matt Jones the chance to show what he can do in a feature film as a major supporting player. The film marks the feature film directorial debut for writer/director Jason Headley. It went on to take the Grand Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Cast for a Narrative Feature at the SXSW Film Festival. As feature debuts go, this one is pretty solid. Headley works with a very minimal cast…"A Bad Idea Gone Wrong: A Heist Comedy"
Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele, is not a comedy but a psychological thriller that–if anything–delves into satirical territory. The whatever-genre-film-it-is stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield and Catherine Keener. The film kicked off a hell of a year for Caleb Landry Jones, who can also be seen in American Made; The Florida Project; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; and a few episodes of Twin…"Get Out is a Psychological Thriller, not a Comedy"
Actress Jessica Chastain delivers a commanding performance in Molly’s Game as Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut. Chastain is joined by a strong ensemble cast that includes Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Bill Camp, Chris O’Dowd, Brian d’Arcy James, and Graham Greene. In taking a stab at directing, Sorkin brings the true story of Molly Bloom (Chastain) to the big screen. Bloom grew up with Olympic dreams at skiing and the…"Molly’s Game: Chastain commands in Sorkin debut"
Sylvio is perhaps the most absurd buddy comedy that’s ever been made. Co-directed by Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley with a screenplay co-written with Meghan Doherty, Sylvio’s big-screen story is the result of a half-a-million following on Vine. What sets Sylvio apart from other gorillas is that rather than be stuck in a zoo, he’s stuck at a dead-end job making phone calls for Chester Debt Collection until a supervisor assigns him the case of Al Reynolds…"Sylvio: The Most Absurd Buddy Comedy Ever"
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story celebrates the life of the actress-turned-inventor and helps to set the record straight. The actress, who was recently depicted in the “Helent Hunt” episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, was more than just a Hollywood talent. One could make the argument that Lamarr had also lived a double life while working on inventions when she wasn’t in front of the camera. At the peak of her career, Lamar was iconic…"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Sets The Record Straight"
The gloves come off in Bill Nye: Science Guy as the noted scientist takes on those who are more than just anti-science. Many of us grew up with knowing Bill Nye as “The Science Guy” but there’s a fierceness to the scientist that’s shown in this documentary. It’s not a fierceness in the typical sense of being angry but he’s not afraid to take the gloves off and face the science deniers like the most…"Bill Nye: Science Guy – The Gloves Come Off"
Stand-up comedian Gilbert Gottfried is the subject of Gilbert, a new documentary from director Neil Berkeley. Gottfried has been well-known in the comedy scene for quite some time and while his personality can put off some people, the comedian has found a way to re-invent himself to the surprise of many. Berkeley’s documentary provides for a view of the comedian that many of us aren’t used to seeing. None of us are used to seeing…"Gilbert: An Intimate View of Gilbert Gottfried"
BPM (Beats Per Minute) is a touching and poignant drama that could just as easily play as a documentary. Directed by Robin Campillo from a screenplay co-written with Philippe Mangeot, the film stars Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, and Antoine Reinartz Set in Paris, a group of Act Up-Paris activists have decided to take the fight to the streets. Nathan (Valois) is new to the group and his worldview is soon affected by the radical…"BPM (Beats Per Minute) is Touching, Poignant"
Set in Switzerland in 1971, The Divine Order is a tale of female empowerment but it’s not without it’s faults. Petra Volpe writes and directs the feminist film, which Switzerland is submitting as their official selection for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s 1971 and women still don’t have the right to vote in Switzerland, one of the last remaining holdouts in the world. Nora Ruckstuhl (Marie Leuenberger) is a housewife who lives with her husband Hans…"The Divine Order: A Tale of Female Empowerment"