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  • Step

    Step

    ★★★½

    Step is not so much about a step dance team in a Baltimore charter school. It's more about the struggles of lower-income inner city families, who are trying to send their children to college.

  • Loving Vincent

    Loving Vincent

    ★★★½

    Gorgeous, inventive animation wrapped around a TV-quality mystery.

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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★½

    Take a one-dimensional sadist, with a dash of stereotypical christian hypocrisy. Add a completely unbelievable romantic relationship between a mute cleaning lady and a fish "man" (I use the term, man, very loosely). Then, throw in predictable plot points and a heavy-handed message about how we should respect people's differences. What you get is an over-rated disappointment.

  • Baadasssss!

    Baadasssss!

    ★★★★

    Part documentary, all homage to Melvin Van Peebles and the work that went into making his breakthrough film, SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG. The stakes were high for Melvin. He spent all of his money, and the stress took a terrible toll on him, physically. Perseverance, guts, attitude and ambition