Hillary: Four Hours Is Worth It For Clinton

Whether or not you’re a fan of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Hulu documentary series offers insight into both her life and marriage. The four-part documentary series runs in at 253 minutes.  It’s a worthy commitment to binge-watch in one day but the decision is totally worth it.  It’s how I spent my Sunday afternoon following the end of a very long week. Before I go any further, I’ll disclaim that I am…

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John Swihart talks Dinner in America

Film and television composer John Swihart spoke with Solzy at the Movies during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival about working on Dinner in America. How thrilled are you to be back at Sundance with Dinner in America? John Swihart: I’m pretty psyched. This movie was a lot of fun. It’s always fun to find out your film made it onto the list to get premiered here so we’re really excited about it. How did you…

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Sundance 2020: The Solzy Awards

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival has come and gone but a number of films left their impression on me by the time that the film festival ended. The altitude hit me a bit more than expected this year.  As such, I didn’t get to see as many films as I would have preferred to see.  There were times this year that required sleeping in if it meant staying as healthy as I possibly could during…

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Kitty Green talks The Assistant

Writer-director Kitty Green sat down with Solzy at the Movies last week to discuss her new film, The Assistant, from Bleecker Street. The Assistant is currently playing in theaters after screening in the Spotlight program during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. How thrilled were you to premiere The Assistant at Telluride and then be selected for Sundance? Kitty Green: I’m not sure. Thrilled is a weird word. I knew that Telluride was an interesting place…

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Sundance 2020: Falling

Viggo Mortensen’s feature directorial debut, Falling, benefits from having a superb performance from actor Lance Henriksen. When we first meet Willis (Lance Henriksen), we can immediately tell that he’s a character from a different era.  The more that we learn about him, the more we truly begin to know why: he has dementia.  One moment, Willis can be living in the present.  The next minute, he’ll be shouting for a wife who is no longer…

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Sundance 2020: Shirley

Shirley sees filmmaker Josephine Decker returning to Sundance with a period drama that features strong performances from its acting ensemble. Fred (Logan Lerman) and Rose (Odessa Young) are moving to a small college town in Vermont as Fred hopes to land a job at the local college.  Before they know it, professor Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg) offers them free room and board.  It comes with something of a catch because it means Rose must clean…

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Sundance 2020: Kajillionaire

Kajillionaire is a heist movie that follows a family of con artists living in Los Angeles and struggling to keep a roof over their head. Robert (Richard Jenkins) and Theresa Dyne (Debra Winger) are con artists.  They’ve raised their daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood), to follow them into the family business.  It may not be the best life but it’s the life they have for themselves.  The family owes money while also living in…

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Sundance 2020: Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a film that will certainly resonate with a number of people given that the film deals with an unintended pregnancy. Eliza Hittman’s follow up to Beach Rats is not going to be for all audiences.  Conservative film goers will most certainly not be fans.  Then again, maybe they’re the exactly the right people who really need to see this film. Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) leaves work early with her cousin, Skylar…

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Sundance 2020: The Go-Go’s

It’s a blast to the past as Showtime presents a documentary about The Go-Go’s, one of the most successful all-female bands of all time. “We’ve Got The Beat.”  “Our Lips Are Sealed.”  The list of hits goes on and on.  What may be the most surprising piece of information in watching this documentary is that the band is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  How is it that one of the most…

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Sundance 2020: The Last Shift

One man is preparing to call it quits in The Last Shift while training his replacement in a film that starts a conversation on social issues. Stanley (Richard Jenkins) is closing in on his final graveyard shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish.  For this final weekend after 38 years, Stanley trains Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie) to take over the shift.  Throughout the weekend, we learn more about the characters.  For instance, Jevon is also a…

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