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  • Fourteen

    Fourteen

    ★★★

    Indie filmmaker Dan Sallitt hasn't made a feature film since 2012's THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT, but the long-awaited arrival of his latest film, FOURTEEN, has unfortunately arrived in the middle of a global pandemic that has narrowed the already small audience for his films.

    A film critic himself, Sallitt is well regarded in the film critic community, and THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT was very popular amongst the denizens of Film Twitter, myself included. But FOURTEEN is a somewhat trickier animal, its somewhat…

  • AKA Jane Roe

    AKA Jane Roe

    ★★★½

    There have been few more controversial Supreme Court cases in the modern era than 1973's Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States and set off a culture war that has been raging ever since. At this point I'd wager most folks know where they stand on the issue of abortion, but fewer know the real story of Jane Roe (nee Norma McCorvey) and how she unwittingly became one of the most contentious figures in American politics.

    In…

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  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks

    ★★★★½

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    Near the end of Bradley Cooper's A STAR IS BORN, the fourth version of the oft-told tale, Sam Elliot's Bobby Maine, brother of Bradley Cooper's Jackson Maine, looks at Lady Gaga's newly anointed pop star and tells her that all the songs that have ever been written are comprised of the same 12 notes in different octaves; what makes them unique is how the artist plays them. It's a direct defense why this story, which has been filmed in 1937…