Short Films Roundup – Sundance 2023

A number of short films are screening during the 2023 Sundance Film Festival but the following were a select few that piqued my interest. Mirror Party (U.S. Fiction/Short Film Program 6) Following two shorts and a feature, Bridey Elliott returns to Sundance with her third short film to premiere at the festival. This time around, Elliott co-writes and stars with Angela Trimbur in a short film about two women role-playing a breakup conversation. Which reminds…

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The Hebrew Hammer Marks 20th Anniversary

The Hebrew Hammer marks its 20th anniversary since the comedy premiered on the mountains at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. I’ll be honest. I’ve been going to Sundance for quite a few years now and couldn’t believe that this film premiered at that same very festival. When I think of Sundance, The Hebrew Hammer is not a film that I think about. And yet, today is the anniversary of its world premiere at the Egypian…

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Shrinking: A Comedy About Therapy, Grief

Shrinking follows a grieving therapist as he resorts to whatever habits he can while not hesitating to break the rules with his clients. I know what you’re thinking–how is this series any different from the Tim Baltz-starring Shrink? Can both series co-exist in a world where therapists break the rules? It’s quite possible although I would love to see more of Baltz in action after the Seeso series got the short end of the stick.…

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You Hurt My Feelings – Sundance 2023

Filmmaker Nicole Holofcener reunites with her Enough Said star Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the very hysterical You Hurt My Feelings. Every relationship is built on trust. What if your significant other tells you one thing in private and then something else completely different behind your back? This is the premise of the new comedy from Holofcener. Beth Mitchell (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a novelist but marriage shortly goes off the deep end after she hears her therapist…

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Flora and Son – Sundance 2023

Eve Hewson turns in a stupendous performance as John Carney makes movie magic once again in the new music-driven Flora and Son. There are good films and there are great films. What we have here is a 94-minute film that everyone will fall in love with. Whether it’s Once, Begin Again, or Sing Street, John Carney knows what he’s doing. As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’ve been going to…

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Under G-d – Sundance 2023

Under G-d launches at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival as one of the most important documentaries that anyone will watch this year. This film is a very personal film. It’s a film that I’m going to be speaking about all year long. As a Jewish person in this country, it is not fun watching Christian nationalists forcing their beliefs on me. Everyone needs to watch Under G-d: activists, legislators, judges, Supreme Court Justices, Congress, the…

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STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie – Sundance 2023

Emmy-winning actor Michael J. Fox reflects on his life and his fight against Parkinson’s Disease in STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim takes an interesting approach to his documentary on the Back to the Future star. This is a documentary that could have gone any number of ways. Instead, editor Michael Harte has quite the job of weaving in clips from films and series to match what the actor is saying. There’s…

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Judy Blume Forever – Sundance 2023

Judy Blume Forever is a raw and honest documentary about the beloved children’s author and doesn’t shy away from sensitive subjects. If young teens wanted to know what was happening to their body, all they needed to do was read a Judy Blume book. It certainly applies to the pre-internet era but you could still make an argument today. Well, unless libraries ban them. Blume isn’t alone when it comes to library bans–something that is…

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Love Dump – Slamdance 2023

Running a tight 51 minutes, Love Dump is the absurdist Hallmark romantic comedy parody that you didn’t know you needed. Chicago is a mecca for improv and sketch comedy. Comedians have been trained in the art of comedy for many years on the city’s stages. Some have gone onto become big names while others remain behind and find bit parts here and there. A pair of comedians, Leila Gorstein and Jesse Kendall, are about to…

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Prime Video, Amazon Freevee: Coming in February 2023

Amazon announced the films, series, and specials that will be coming to Prime Video and Amazon Freevee services in February 2023. Prime Video New in February – Available to Prime members at no additional cost to their membership. TV SERIES Available Now Rules of Engagement (2009) Available January 20 Dawson’s Creek (1998) Available February 3 *Harlem Season 2 (2023) Available February 17  *Carnival Row Season 2 (2023) *The Head of Joaquín Murrieta (2023) Available February 24 *The Consultant (2023) Die Hart…

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