Sundance Review – Palm Trees & Power Lines

Director: Jamie DackScreenwriters: Jamie Dack and Audrey FindlayStarring: Lily McInerny, Jonathan Tucker, and Gretchen MolCinematographer: Chananun Chotrungroj Sundance Synopsis: Increasingly dissociated from lazy, drunken hangouts and perfunctory hookups with her immature peers, bored, aimless 17-year-old Lea is intrigued by older-man Tom after he rescues her following a reluctant […]

Sundance 2022 – Day 4 Reviews: Honk for Jesus…, Dual, Alice, and Happening

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival completed its fourth day of virtual programming yesterday on January 23, 2022. Out of the 18 films that premiered throughout the day, I had the pleasure of seeing four of these features in addition to writing reviews and joining The MTR Network as […]

Sundance Review – Nanny

Director & Screenwriter: Nikyatu JusuStarring: Anna Diop, Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls, and Morgan SpectorCinematographer: Rina Yang Sundance Synopsis: Aisha, an undocumented Senegalese immigrant, lands a job as a nanny of a wealthy Manhattan couple. While she easily wins the affection of their young daughter Rose, she becomes a […]

Sundance Review – FRESH

Director: Mimi CaveScreenwriter: Lauryn KahnStarring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan Sundance Synopsis: Frustrated by scrolling dating apps only to end up on lame, tedious dates, Noa takes a chance by giving her number to the awkwardly charming Steve after a produce-section meet-cute at the grocery store. During a subsequent […]

Sundance Review – 892

Director: Abi Damaris CorbinScreenwriters: Abi Damaris Corbin and Kwame Kwei-ArmahStarring: John Boyega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Nicole Beharie, and Selenis LeyvaCinematographer: Doug Emmett Sundance Synopsis: Living in a cheap motel in Atlanta and separated from his wife and child, former U.S. Marine veteran Brian Easley is desperate. Driven to […]

Sundance Review – When You Finish Saving the World

Director & Writer: Jesse EisenbergStarring: Julianne Moore, Finn Wolfhard, and Alisha BoeCinematographer: Benjamin Loeb Sundance Synopsis: From his bedroom home studio, high school student Ziggy performs original folk-rock songs for an adoring online fan base. This concept mystifies his formal and uptight mother, Evelyn, who runs a shelter […]

Sundance 2022 – Watchlist

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival is fast approaching. From January 20-30th, film lovers will get to witness the groundbreaking work of artists from around the world in the annual celebration of innovative filmmaking, diverse storytelling, inspirational moments, and more! This year, the lineup includes 82 features, 6 indie […]

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review Part 2: A Resurrected Hope

The following review contains minor spoilers from Zack Snyder’s Justice League Part 3 (Beloved Mother, Beloved Son) and Part 4 (Change Machine). Our review on Part 1 and 2 can be found here. Determined to keep his promise of unity to Superman, Batman [with Wonder Woman’s help] sets […]

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review Part 1: Hope Undertaken

“The bell’s already been rung.” Zack Snyder once told audiences and fans of hero mythology to imagine our world with Superman in it (Man of Steel, 2013). While some accepted this concept, many denounced the need to visualize it partly because the mirror Snyder held up to us […]

Il Maestro and the Scorsese Controversy

Once again film legend Martin Scorsese is making the outrage rounds. A year after the Goodfellas director took pains to clarify off-hand comments about superhero movies being theme park rides instead of “real” cinema, he is amidst a swirling conversation about the future of film. His latest foray […]

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