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Reviews

Mangrove Review | NYFF

Mangrove Review | NYFF

Mangrove is soulful! A film about oppression, injustice, and the will to fight for your human rights to community & life free of persecution… and guess what? It's based on a true story that doesn’t take place in the US. Though true, don’t celebrate. The film hits too close to home and proves that abuse of power runs in the veins of humans and that acts like this are doomed to continue if we don’t learn from history. Class is in session with Mangrove. Shaun Parkes as Frank Crichlow in Mangrove The first of five Steve McQueen films in the…
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The Trial of the Chicago 7 Review

The Trial of the Chicago 7 Review

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is an incredibly poignant tale about the power of protesting and of the injustice people are subjected to for doing just that. A powerful historical courtroom drama that rocks you to your core and makes you question our justice system, laugh at the fallacy of men, and fear the possibility of ever having to face a judge yourself. What was supposed to be a peaceful protest at the Democratic National Convention of 1968 turned violent as a tens of thousands of demonstrators come head-to-head with the full Chicago Police Force and the Chicago National…
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Utopia Review | Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Original Series

Utopia Review | Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Original Series

Though not quite as perfect as the name would suggest, Utopia is an imaginative and exciting action drama that keeps you theorizing episode after episode. Unfortunately, the show falls flat because of its drawn out nature and it fails to consistently introduce characters and situations that keep us engaged throughout. A spinoff of the original British dark comedy, Utopia feels like it needed more time in the lab to “…earn [its] place in this crowded world…” Jessica Rothe as Samantha. Cards on the table Gillian Flynn wrote my favorite novel, Gone Girl, so when I heard she had an original…
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“Lovers Rock” Film Review | NYFF 2020

“Lovers Rock” Film Review | NYFF 2020

Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock is the opening night film at New York Film Festival. I remember when this was announced, Film Twitter couldn't control themselves! I even found myself wondering what side of McQueen to expect. Undoubtedly a talented and multi-faceted director that has shown his versatility numerous times. I knew exactly what side we were getting less than ten seconds into the film. Before even seeing a character I was transported by the cinematography back to 12 Years a Slave. It’s a testament to his style and shows he is a director who has a signature. What can I…
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A Perfect Marriage of the Two Greatest Arts

A Perfect Marriage of the Two Greatest Arts

The common misconception about Chef’s Table is that it’s a “food show”. I see how it’s easy to come to that conclusion. The word “Chef” is in the title and there’s food on the cover. We all know the idiom Don’t judge a book by its cover. I would argue that Chef’s Table is as much about food as Star Trek is about space. It’s there, and without it you wouldn’t have the show, but it’s not what’s at the core. Chef’s Table is a show about people and their stories. About life and art. About perseverance… The subjects just…
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Dear… Review

Dear… Review

“When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised. Not one day.[Hamilton] is proof that history remembers. We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall, and light from dying embers; remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love, is love, is love, is love, is love, is love, is love, is love, cannot be killed or swept aside. I sing Vanessa’s symphony; Eliza tells her story. Now fill the world with music, love, and pride.”[Speech by Lin-Manuel Miranda: 2016 Tony Awards] Powerful messages for these troubling times and a poignant…
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The Invisible Man Review

The Invisible Man Review

Far from Hollow Man but not nearly as hollow as the trailers would lead one to believe, The Invisible Man is a thrilling two hours that keep you looking at the empty spaces of the frame more often than your average flick demands. Not in appreciation of the production design but because you, much like our heroine, know that invisible bastard is right in that corner… or is he in that one… maybe by the bookshelf…? Ah, damnit… Cecilia Kass(Elisabeth Moss) is the, apparent, victim of an abusive relationship with Adrian(Oliver Jackson Cohen). One night she musters up the courage…
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