Several Festival Films Opening This Weekend

A number of films that premiered earlier this year during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival are opening in theaters this weekend. I reviewed Adam earlier this year for Out Magazine.  This film has garnered a lot of attention and controversy on social media.  Most of the controversy has to do with what is in the book rather than what is in the film.  The film has managed to spark a boycott movement–one of which I…

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Ask Dr. Ruth profiles legendary sex therapist

Holocaust survivor and legendary sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer gets introduced to new audiences by way of Ask. Dr. Ruth. Before becoming a legendary sex therapist, Ruth Westheimer barely escaped the Holocaust.  She would eventually relocate to Israel before making her way to New York.  The rest as we know is history.  Everything would change in 1980.  This is when Westheimer would start her radio show, Sexually Speaking.  While the radio show would come to…

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Knock Down the House hits Netflix

Headlined by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Knock Down the House profiles four women as they run for Congress during the 2018 election season. New York’s freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is certainly the headliner in the documentary.  The film premiered at Sundance before following to SXSW, Doc10, and other film festivals.  Of the four women, only Ocasio-Cortez would be elected to serve in Washington last November.  The other three women in the film are Amy Vilela, Paula Jean Swearengin, and…

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Native Son: Compelling, falls short

Native Son is a compelling film with strong performances but I can’t help but feel that something is lost in updating the story for present day. Like the novel its based on, Native Son is set in Chicago.  Instead of the 1930s, Suzan-Lori Parks updates the story for a contemporary telling.  Is this a good idea?  I don’t know.  I haven’t read the novel written by Richard Wright so I’m not in a position to compare the…

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The Hours and Times: A Fictional Beatles Story

The Hours and Times imagines a weekend getaway to Barcelona during the early years of Beatlemania for both Brian Epstein and John Lennon in April 1963. This film is one that may be running on the short side but we get some fascinating insights into the late manager and guitarist.  Nobody can truly say that they know what happened when the duo departed on April 28, 1963.  There has been some suggestions that maybe the…

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The Best of Sundance 2019: Solzy Awards Edition

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival has come and gone but some films and performances have left a lasting impression on my mind. TOP NARRATIVE FEATURES Brittany Runs A Marathon Late Night To The Stars Little Monsters Corporate Animals The Report Greener Grass Blinded by the Light Adam Luce TOP DOCUMENTARIES Apollo 11 Sea of Shadows Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire Mike Wallace Is…

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Sundance 2019: Cast, crew talk Top End Wedding

The cast and crew took some time to speak with Solzy at the Movies about Top End Wedding during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Director Wayne Blair, actress/co-writer Miranda Tapsell, actor Gwilym Lee, and co-writer Joshua Tyler were among those that I spoke with during the interview.  The interview took place on the Tuesday prior to the world premiere at the Eccles Theater.  It also took place less than a week after a story was…

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Tim Mason, Abby McEnany talk Work In Progress

Tim Mason and Abby McEnany took the time to speak about Work in Progress with Solzy at the Movies during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The duo are also a pair of improvisers from Chicago.  Naturally, it makes perfect sense to interview Chicago improvisers in Park City rather than just down the street.  But hey, at least I got to avoid the polar vortex that hit the city of Chicago!  This interview took place on…

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Sundance 2019: Bootstrapped Interview

Maribeth Monroe, Sam Richardson, Stephanie Laing, and Dave Hill sat down during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to discuss Bootstrapped, an Indie Episodic.  Unfortunately, series creator and star Danielle Uhlarik was unable to make the trip due to her pregnancy. Bootstrapped is a very funny pilot set in Kansas City.  The pilot alone features so many alumni of the Chicago and Detroit improv families in minor and cameo roles–including Brad Morris, Andy St. Clair, Jaime…

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Richard Ladkani, Andrea Crosta talk Sea of Shadows

Richard Ladkani and Andrea Crosta took some time to speak with Solzy at the Movies about Sea of Shadows during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.  The interview took place a few days after the premiere but before the film took home the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary. When I first watched Sea of Shadows, I knew that this would be a very important film.  One in which I immediately requested an interview after watching…

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