Review: “Watcher”

Julia (Maika Monroe) is outside her comfort zone. The American just moved to Bucharest with her part-Romanian husband Francis (Karl Glusman), who accepted a demanding new job there. With Francis away for much of the day, and not knowing the language or anyone around her, Julia’s isolation soon transforms into paranoia when a serial killer […]

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Sundance Review: “After Yang”

“After Yang” doesn’t look or feel the way most science fiction films do when we think about the hallmarks of that genre. Its environments are warm and organic, not sleek and cold. Visible futuristic technology is replaced by natural touches like plants, and the film’s main character, Jake (Colin Farrell) runs a tea shop. And […]

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Sundance Review: “Fresh”

Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) is around halfway through her first date with Steve (Sebastian Stan) when she tells him that she hates “this”—“this” meaning dating. “FRESH” opens with a portrait of just how Noa’s love life is going, and it isn’t going well. She aimlessly swipes through dating apps, and a date she goes on with […]

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Sundance Review: “892”

On a day in July 2017, Brian Brown-Easley walks into an Atlanta-area Wells Fargo Bank. He requests to withdraw $25 from his account, makes some friendly small talk with the teller, and then asks her if he can have a piece of paper to write something down. As their seemingly normal interaction winds down to […]

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Sundance Review: “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street”

Last summer, “Sesame Street” was widely praised for a town hall it hosted on anti-racism as a means of explaining the protests for racial justice happening around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police officers to both children and adults. “Sesame Street,” the educational children’s television program that celebrated its 50th […]

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Review: “Searching”

4.5 out of 5 stars. On the surface, “Searching” is the story of a father looking for his missing daughter, but the real horror isn’t so much the mystery as it is the role technology plays in our lives.  For his feature film debut, director Aneesh Chaganty shot “Searching” entirely through small screens.  The characters […]

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Review: “Sorry to Bother You”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Sorry to bother you, but you really need to see writer/director Boots Riley’s debut feature film.  Set in a dystopian version of Oakland, California, the black comedy “Sorry to Bother You” is a rich satire that offers a gold mine of commentary on topics ranging from race to capitalism, drawing […]

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