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Am I Ok? |  Review

Am I Ok? | Review

Am I OK? is a fun & elegant portrait of love. Romantic, platonic, same… unrequited. Tig Notaro & Stephanie Allynne capture this deeply personal & undeniably authentic narrative with care & finesse. A story that could easily be mishandled by inexperienced storytellers, which is funny considering this is their directorial debut but they manage to deliver a piece that is incredibly special. The cast shows up big with powerfully endearing performances all around but Sonoya Mizuno and Dakota Johnson steal the show with their charm and undeniable chemistry. Dakota Johnson starts out 2022 with two fantastic performances in one Sundance,…
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A Hero | Review

A Hero | Review

Asghar Farhadi’s latest work, A Hero, uses his usual whip-smart yet tough-as-nails approach to deliver a tale of secrets and lies via the entanglement of a simple act of “kindness”. Asghar Farhadi, one of the best international filmmakers working today, never ceases to amaze me. Not only are his films poignant discerning tales about the effects that truths, lies, and misbeliefs have on human behavior, but they also show us the different phases of how a person’s genuine desire, either good or bad, develops throughout hard-hearted or compassionate situations. From A Separation to The Past, Farhadi examines the various junctures…
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The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future | Review

The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future | Review

Do you remember the last film you saw where, from the first frame, you thought “I don’t know where this is going but I am here for it”. Well, allow me to introduce you to the next one to hit on that level. The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future is a fascinating portrait of second chances that keeps you thoroughly engaged from start to finish. A beautiful mystery that reveals itself slowly: small doses cleverly designed to keep you hooked, rewarding you for your patience all along the way. This is one that could go a million…
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Cha Cha Real Smooth | Review

Cha Cha Real Smooth | Review

Cha Cha Real Smooth is a delightful film about finding yourself through love & family. A brilliantly written and directed modern rom-com from Cooper Raiff that accurately depicts and challenges the idea of soul-mates & commitment. It isn’t often that I watch a film and find myself as thrilled, entertained, and inspired as I found myself here. This one is an absolute wonder-- every element working in harmony to deliver a perfect film. That’s a claim I do not make lightly. Is it possible that I am simply a prisoner of the moment? Absolutely, but as of today Cha Cha…
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Italian Studies | Review

Italian Studies | Review

Italian Studies might have the incredible Vanessa Kirby in the lead role and the talented Nicholas Britell as a composer, but that doesn’t make this “search for identity” narrative any more compelling–it’s a film that’s experimental just for the sake of it. While visiting New York City on a trip from her native London town, writer Alina Reynolds (Vanessa Kirby) inexplicably (a hard emphasis on this word) loses her memory. She doesn’t know where she is, what time it is, or even her own name; Alina is just wandering adrift the rowdy streets of Manhattan alone. Her awareness wanders left…
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The 355 | Review

The 355 | Review

Think of The 355 like a math equation. Not just any math equation, but a MOVIE MATH EQUATION. One where you can upload a formula into a movie 3-D printer and PLOP, you get a movie. Sounds messy, however this movie isn’t that messy as it’s quite intentional at being what it wants to be. Does it work? Let’s just say this movie turns out to be a rough start to 2022. Questionably Elite Female Super Spies from different agencies across the globe set their differences aside to band together and thwart a group of mercenaries who look to secure…
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The Tragedy of Macbeth | Cinematic & Beautiful

The Tragedy of Macbeth | Cinematic & Beautiful

Joel Coen’s first directorial effort without his brother Ethan, The Tragedy of Macbeth, is unlike anything in their filmography. It contains the theatricality of the Shakespearean play while still being thoroughly cinematic and beautiful, making it an outstanding solo debut. Frances McDormand in “The Tragedy of Macbeth” Everybody has heard about the tale of Macbeth, either from your high school curriculum or elsewhere. There have been many adaptations of the Shakespearean tragedy, yet most of them haven’t clicked with me, including Justin Kurzel’s 2015 rendition. However, Joel Coen’s adaptation grabbed my attention not only because of the star talent attached…
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The Novice | Cutthroat & Tension-Filled

The Novice | Cutthroat & Tension-Filled

Eve though the Tribeca Film Festival hit, The Novice, has some problems regarding its narrative and pacing, Lauren Hadaway’s stylish directing and Isabelle Furhman’s great performance elevate it to create a cutthroat and tension-filled film about “ax to grind” compulsion. Alex Dall (Isabelle Furhman) is a queer college freshman who wants to join her university’s rowing team. When she hears about the chance of getting onto the varsity boat, Dall takes on an obsessive endurance test to make sure she gets what she wants no matter the cost. She pushes herself to the limit just to outperform her teammates and…
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Spider-Man: No Way Home Review

Spider-Man: No Way Home Review

“BECAUSE THATS NOT WHO HE IS…” - Aunt May If someone would’ve told me Spider-Man: No Way Home would have Avengers: Endgame level audience engagement I would have laughed hysterically and offensively at them. Well, guess who’s laughing now… not me. Marvel and Sony, however, are all the way to the bank, as No Way Home exceeds every expectation I ever imagined it could and is POSSIBLY the GREATEST COMIC BOOK FILM OF ALL TIME! Spider-Man perched atop a light in Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME. Spider-Man: No Way Home is the exclamation point to one of, if not,…
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Red Rocket Review | Sean Baker’s Best!

Red Rocket Review | Sean Baker’s Best!

Red Rocket is a hilarious yet purposefully ill-mannered character study of a former pornstar that has both Sean Baker and Simon Rex delivering their best work to date. “It might sound crazy, but it ain't no lie baby, bye bye bye!” For some reason, most of Sean Baker’s works haven’t clicked with me. I haven’t figured out the exact reason why. The first film I saw of his was The Florida Project (2017), which left me a bit cold when the credits rolled, yet I admired the cinematography and performances, most notably Bria Vinaite. I then followed it up with…
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