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Film Review

The United States vs. Billie Holiday Review | A Great Story Lacking Focus

The United States vs. Billie Holiday Review | A Great Story Lacking Focus

This review will be different… The United States vs. Billie Holiday is powerful and triggering. Lee Daniels takes the story of a legend and composes a visual narrative that mentions and, on occasion, sheds light on that which the opening and closing texts would have you believe is the focus of the film. Lynching… an abysmal act that, to my surprise, has yet to be outlawed in our “great” nation due to semantics, and which inspired the “song of the century” “Strange Fruit”. Daniels chooses instead to focus on heroin, on how the FBI used it to strike fear in…
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Ma Belle, My Beauty Review | Sundance 2021

Ma Belle, My Beauty Review | Sundance 2021

Ma Belle, My Beauty is a raw moving picture that delves into a relationship molded by years of complicated love and into how it can be shattered in an instant by selfishness and abandonment. A quiet patient story that explores so much more than emotion and touches on a side of togetherness few have experienced but most understand. The feeling of loving someone with everything you have but knowing they can’t help but bring pain and never seem to take it with them when they leave. Idella Johnson and Hannah Pepper appear in Ma Belle, My Beauty by Marion Hill,…
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Son of Monarchs Review | Sundance 2021

Son of Monarchs Review | Sundance 2021

Son of Monarchs is an intriguingly captivating film out of Mexico that introduces many of its audience members to a world few knew existed… the world of biologists trying to figure out how to genetically change the color of butterfly wings! That’s a real job. Watch this movie and see for yourself! Tenoch Huerta Mejía appears in Son of Monarchs by Alexis Gambis, an official selection of the NEXT section at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. After the death of his grandmother, Mendel, a Mexican biologist living in New York, returns to his hometown nestled in the majestic monarch butterfly…
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Human Factors Review | Sundance 2021

Human Factors Review | Sundance 2021

Human Factors is, as the title would suggest, a human story about the different ways people deal and of the fallibility of those we trust the most. A family drama that plays with the idea of perspectives, which is a tool often used to increase tension and bring clarity, but here they miss the mark making the narrative drag and leaving you more confused at the end than you were when the journey began. Wanja Valentin Kube, Mark Waschke, and Jule Hermann appear in Human Factors by Ronny Trocker, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the…
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Mank Review – Non-Spoiler – A Fincher Film it is Not

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2jMXoJbWsmGjhn90140pth?si=M3Y4hud8RYSXFvdRZIAXuQ In this episode we get into our Non-Spoiler review for Netflix's "Mank" directed by Raul's favorite director, David Fincher. We discuss why this film is not a Fincher film, how this film will be received, or not, by audiences, and why it will likely cause people to stop watching before getting to the meat of the narrative. Also, Desiree calls Raul a "Fan Girl" and drops the mic on what "the solution" was to making this film truly great! Hint: it's a criminally underused character... Tune in to hear one of the best conversations on "Mank" out there... if…
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Uncle Frank Review | Non-Spoiler Podcast

Uncle Frank Review | Non-Spoiler Podcast

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3cM2zQZsZphHP1aV5Lle5x?si=JP_rZO96RougTXlCx7isvQ Happy Thanksgiving 🍁🦃  It’s our NON-SPOILER REVIEW of the new Amazon Studios Original film “Uncle Frank”, available on Amazon Prime Video now! The team discusses their enjoyment of this captivatingly heartwarming film followed by analysis to the technicals used to keep this movie so lovable. Don’t miss our convo on the film! Tune in! Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and all the other popular podcast apps. Check our website for Raul's review on this film and for full reviews and updates at mreportpod.com   Follow us on Twitter  @MReportFilm and Instagram @MReportFilm
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Film Fest 919 Review | Farewell Amor | A Film that prompts a search for beginnings

Film Fest 919 Review | Farewell Amor | A Film that prompts a search for beginnings

Jayme Lawson, Zainab Jah and Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine Warmth and heartfelt emotions in Ekwa Msangi's Farewell Amor, a film consists of three well-made chapters filled with many quiet conversations between a newly reunited family of three as this Angolan family was separated for 17 years. Though they tried to keep in touch, everyone has changed.  Silvia is calm and distant,  Esther is now very religious, & the patriarch Walter, a taxi driver who paved the way to New York City so long ago, has his own secrets after spending so much time away from his family.  Msangi has a…
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FilmFest 919 Reviews | Part 1

FilmFest 919 Reviews | Part 1

In a year where everyone else is figuring out how to make things happen virtually FilmFest919 says “Ain’t nobody got time for that”! North Carolina, being one of the most stringent states when it comes to COVID-19 protocols, caused the folks at 919 to approach things differently than they have in the past. Now I know all film festivals have had to deal with the nightmare that is this pandemic, we've been covering some of them, but unlike CIFF and NYFF, who are on their 56th & 58th iteration respectively, FF919 has only been on the scene for three years.…
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Yellow Rose | Film Review

Yellow Rose | Film Review

EVA NOBLEZADA (L) and DALE WATSON (R) A teenager showing her passion for country music and trying to pursue her career whilst facing some everyday obstacles she needs to overcome would in, and of itself, make a nice film about how chasing a dream isn't easy but that is not our story today. As if that weren't dificult enough, Yellow Rose follows a 17-year old undocumented Filipina who grew up in a small town in Texas and fell in love with country music. Though she is incredibly talented, her citizenship status keeps her from following the road to stardome, but…
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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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