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  • Wimbledon Stage

    Wimbledon Stage

    ★★★½

    Intellectual and naturalistic film about a woman searching for a writer who didn't really write. An intellectual road movie that takes its time during the search.

  • Of Tides/To Distill

    Of Tides/To Distill

    ★★★½

    A blending of dance and beautiful and disturbing images. Enigmatic and unnerving at times.

  • Wasteland No. 1: Ardent Verdant

    Wasteland No. 1: Ardent Verdant

    ★★★½

    Experimental and slightly-abstract silent short combining together electronics and natural elements, establishing patterns and connections with the editing.

  • Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

    Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

    ★★★★

    An biopic about a fascinating and complex relationship that incidentally led to the invention of the comic book character Wonder Woman. It's done with style and grace and honesty. A bit edgier than most mainstream films of the type, but also done with respect and discretion which I found fascinating. It's confident filmmaking telling a beautiful story about unconventional lives.

  • Living Here

    Living Here

    ★★★★½

    Beautifully and crisply shot, Living Here, captures scenes and moments in the north in a small community. Skillfully weaving a voiceover with the scenes, it exemplifies the power of short films.

  • The Future Perfect

    The Future Perfect

    ★★★½

    A film that looks at a young woman learning Spanish in order to fit in better in Buenos Aires. It's deliberate with what we see mirroring what she is learning in her language classes. Some neat moments and as the film progresses it moves more into metafiction as the story begins to fragment and becomes more self-aware.

  • Ok, Call Me Back

    Ok, Call Me Back

    ★★★★

    Clever short that revolves around a phone message being left and things unsaid and vegetables.

  • American Made

    American Made

    ★★★★½

    While I had a general idea of what to expect, the visual boldness and commitment to the video and handheld aesthetic surprised me with American Made. It's a story that jumps around as it reveals more details with a very kinetic style that enhances the whole experience. Right from the first frames where the title cards and logos jump back to 80s VHS versions, the lo-fi approach was a lot of fun and helped to establish the time and place solidly with a look at some of scandals of the Reagan administration from a more oblique perspective.

  • Lessons for Zafirah

    Lessons for Zafirah

    ★★★★

    A documentary looking at migrants who ride a train at great personal risk. We see the people who have taken the risk and lost limbs and the people who help them. Heartbreaking and moving, it's a glimpse into people who want a better life and who have been abandoned by their governments.

  • Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery

    Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery

    ★★★½

    Good standup from MacDonald with some reflections on growing old and growing up.

  • Cecile on the Phone

    Cecile on the Phone

    ★★★★

    Short that follows a woman through phone conversations as she stays in her apartment, concerned about a sore on her lip.

  • Maudie

    Maudie

    ★★★★

    With solid performances from Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, Maudie tells the story of a remarkable woman who faced many challenges. The script walks a fine line between being realistic and telling a compelling story and it succeeds.