Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields – Sundance 2023

Documentary filmmaker Lana Wilson returned to Sundance with a powerful two-part documentary, Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields. Each part of Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields runs 68 minutes for a combined run time of 2 hours, 16 minutes. When I was growing up, I didn’t know Brooke Shields from her work as a child star. No, I mainly knew her from the NBC sitcom, Suddenly Susan. A lot of what happens in the film came as news…

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Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Kinda Feel Left Out – Sundance 2023

Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Kinda Feel Left Out is a comedy that could have very well been released by Amblin in the 1980s. I feel like there’s some sort of rule where everyone must try their hand at paying homage to Steven Spielberg at some point in their career. Or, at the very least, films paying homage to the films that inspired filmmakers to get into filmmaking. The Spielbergian sort of movies…

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The Starling Girl – Sundance 2023

A teenager struggles within her fundamentalist community in The Starling Girl but things change when she’s drawn to the youth pastor. If not for its Kentucky setting, I might not have watched The Starling Girl during Sundance. This is more or less because of the fundamentalist aspect. At the end of the day, I am glad that I gave it a chance. I’ll likely end up watching on the big screen when it is time…

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Magazine Dreams – Sundance 2023

Jonathan Majors is on a role as the actor made his return to Sundance with a strong performance in the very intense Magazine Dreams. I’m not kidding around when it comes to the intensity of the film. It is not an easy film to watch. There are many times when the lead character loses his temper. At the same time, there are instances where it appears that his temper gets the rest of him, only…

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Sometimes I Think About Dying – Sundance 2023

Daisy Ridley returned to Sundance in a starring role in the feature-length adaptation of Sometimes I Think About Dying. It’s not often that a fellow Louisville native directs the first feature film I watch on the ground during Sundance but here we are. Lambert previously premiered her first narrative feature, In the Radiant City, in Toronto back in 2016. Anyway, Lambert’s newest film–a feature adaptation of Stefanie Abel Horowitz‘s short film–premiered on Sundance’s opening night…

"Sometimes I Think About Dying – Sundance 2023"

Reckonings – JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival 2023

Reckonings is a documentary that takes a look back at the early 1950s when German and Jewish leaders met to discuss reparations. Chances are likely that you probably do not know the story of the Jewish Claims Conference. It took until the 1950s for leaders to meet and discuss compensation for survivors. The question on many minds during the talks are how does one determine reparations for the worst mass genocide in history. How much…

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The Pod Generation – Sundance 2023

The Pod Generation entered the 2023 Sundance Film Festival as an award winner but the sci-fi film falls short in its execution. I needed over a week after the premiere to think about my feelings on the film. The more that I think about it, the more I end up not liking it. It’s a shame because this is a high-concept idea with an intriguing premise. Plus, it was a film that I anticipated going…

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A Little Prayer – Sundance 2023

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist star Jane Levy delivers a stupendous performance in the newest film from Angus MacLachlan, A Little Prayer. MacLachlan is no stranger to the Sundance Film Festival. He started coming as a volunteer in the late 1980s. His last trip as a filmmaker was to showcase Amy Adams’ Oscar-nominated performance in 2005’s Junebug. We’ve already known that Jane Levy is a star from her comedy work in Suburgatory and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. What…

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Theater Camp – Sundance 2023

Theater Camp uses a mockumentary approach as its means of storytelling in this very hysterical music-driven comedy. I love a good mockumentary. There’s nothing like the intertitles drawing laughs almost as much as the rest of the film. It’s been a while since we had a really good mockumentary on the big screen. Is Christopher Guest still making them? Theater Camp could rival any of his mockumentary comedies! In all honesty, they made the film…

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Eileen – Sundance 2023

Starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anne Hathaway, Eileen is a Hitchcock-esque provocative thriller that takes its audience on twists and turns. Thomasin McKenzie’s casting in Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace will go down as one of the best discoveries in this century. The actress has never disappointed and her star is only continuing to rise. McKenzie and Anne Hathaway both make their return to Sundance in the new film from Lady Macbeth filmmaker William Oldroyd. McKenzie…

"Eileen – Sundance 2023"