Review: VITA & VIRGINIA Is A Frustratingly Slow Romance Inspired By A True Story

Elizabeth Debicki as “Virginia Woolf” and Gemma Arterton as “Vita Sackville-West” in Chanya Button’s Vita & Virginia. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films release.

Vita & Virginia, co-written and directed by Chanya Button, is a new romance telling the scandalous true story of the relationship between writer Virginia Woolf and her lover Vita Sackville-West. Unpleasant and over-stylized, this film is quite exhausting and disappointing. Anyone who is familiar with the work of Virginia Woolf is sure to tell you… Continue reading Review: VITA & VIRGINIA Is A Frustratingly Slow Romance Inspired By A True Story

Review: ODE TO JOY Is A Funny Rom-Com With A Great Cast

Martin Freeman as “Charlie” in Jason Winer’s Ode to Joy. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films Release.

Directed by Jason Winer and starring Martin Freeman (The Hobbit trilogy), Jake Lacy (The Office), and Morena Baccarin (Deadpool), Ode to Joy is a new romantic comedy that is both hilarious and heartfelt. Because of a unique premise and a charming cast, this may just be one of the most lovable rom-coms of the summer.… Continue reading Review: ODE TO JOY Is A Funny Rom-Com With A Great Cast

Review: YOMEDDINE Is A Touching Film With Heart And Humanity

Yomeddine, written and directed by Abu Bakr Shawky, is a gripping tale of humanity that is the type of film that is exactly what we need right now. The movie follows a middle-aged leper who teams up with a young orphan to leave the leper colony for the first time ever in search of the… Continue reading Review: YOMEDDINE Is A Touching Film With Heart And Humanity

Review: ECHO IN THE CANYON Rides A Great Soundtrack Into Success

Home to the beginning of some of the biggest names in music, such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas, and Buffalo Springfield, L.A.’s Laurel Canyon is the subject of Andrew Slater’s new documentary Echo in the Canyon. The film follows Jakob Dylan, son of folk music legend Bob Dylan, as… Continue reading Review: ECHO IN THE CANYON Rides A Great Soundtrack Into Success

Review: KNIFE+HEART Doesn’t Live Up To Its Unique Concept

Knife+Heart is a new French horror-drama film co-written and directed by Yann Gonzalez. The movie is about a group of gay porn stars in late 1970’s Paris who are stalked by a masked killer that is picking them off one by one. It has played at festivals including the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and the… Continue reading Review: KNIFE+HEART Doesn’t Live Up To Its Unique Concept

Review: ALL IS TRUE Is Truly Over-Indulgent

Left to Right: Judi Dench as Anne Hathaway, Kenneth Branagh as William Shakespeare. Photo by Robert Youngson. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

All Is True is a film directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. The movie tells the story of the final days in the life of poet and playwright William Shakespeare as he retires to his hometown to spend his last days with his family. It has played at festivals including the 2018 Toronto International Film… Continue reading Review: ALL IS TRUE Is Truly Over-Indulgent

Review: HAIL SATAN? Is A Hilarious And Unexpected Documentary

Baphomet monument in front of the state capitol building in Little Rock, AR featured in HAIL SATAN?, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Hail Satan? is a new documentary film directed by Penny Lane. It takes a look at The Satanic Temple, a controversial and quickly growing religious group, as they set out on a quest to encourage and protect First Amendment Rights. It has played at festivals including the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and the 2019 Florida… Continue reading Review: HAIL SATAN? Is A Hilarious And Unexpected Documentary

Review: SHADOW Is A Magnificent Return To Form By Zhang Yimou

Shadow is a new Chinese action film from director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers). Taking place in an ancient Chinese court, the movie is about a military commander who defies his young King’s orders to start and win a war against one of the kingdom’s former allies. It has played at festivals including… Continue reading Review: SHADOW Is A Magnificent Return To Form By Zhang Yimou

Review: CLARA Is Ambitious Sci-Fi That Doesn’t Quite Work

Clara is a new sci-fi drama written and directed by Akash Sherman. The film follows an astronomer and a free-spirited artist who come together to form an unlikely bond over a massive scientific discovery. It debuted at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and played at the 2019 Florida Film Festival. The movie’s story can… Continue reading Review: CLARA Is Ambitious Sci-Fi That Doesn’t Quite Work

FFF 2019 – Review: POSTAL Has One Of The Best Scripts Of The Year So Far

Postal is a new dark comedy film written and directed by Tyler Falbo. For all those Uwe Boll fans out there, this is not at all related to the 2007 action-comedy — this is actually good. This movie tells the true story of a man whose life takes an unusual turn over the course of… Continue reading FFF 2019 – Review: POSTAL Has One Of The Best Scripts Of The Year So Far

FFF 2019 – Review: CHAINED FOR LIFE Is A Noble And Entertaining Satire About Diversity

Chained for Life is a new comedy film written and directed by Aaron Schimberg. The movie follows a photogenic moviestar (Jess Weixler, Teeth) who must come to terms with her disfigured co-star (Adam Pearson, Under the Skin) while working on a European director’s English-language debut. It has played at festivals including the 2018 Fantastic Fest… Continue reading FFF 2019 – Review: CHAINED FOR LIFE Is A Noble And Entertaining Satire About Diversity

FFF 2019 – Review: MS. WHITE LIGHT Is A Touching Yet Funny Dramedy About Death

Ms. White Light is a new dramedy film written and directed by Paul Shoulberg. The movie follows a misanthropic young woman who runs a small business with her father in which she works to console terminally ill patients. It debuted at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival and played at the 2019 Florida Film Festival. The… Continue reading FFF 2019 – Review: MS. WHITE LIGHT Is A Touching Yet Funny Dramedy About Death

FFF 2019 – Review: DACHRA Is A Historic Foreign Horror Film

Dachra is a new Tunisian film written and directed by Abdelhamid Bouchnak. It actually makes history as the first ever horror movie from Tunisia, taking inspiration from low-budget chillers such as The Blair Witch Project. The film follows a group of three journalism students who travel into the woods in search of a remote hidden… Continue reading FFF 2019 – Review: DACHRA Is A Historic Foreign Horror Film

FFF 2019 – Review: MARCHING FORWARD Is More Than A Music Doc

Marching Forward is a new documentary film co-directed by Lisa Mills, Oswmer Louis, and Robert Cassanello. The movie tells the story of two Florida high school band directors who, during segregation, are inspired to break down the lines of color to take their bands to perform at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. It debuted… Continue reading FFF 2019 – Review: MARCHING FORWARD Is More Than A Music Doc

FFF 2019 – Review: MINUSCULE – MANDIBLES FROM FAR AWAY Is Cute Animated Family Fun

Minuscule – Mandibles from Far Away is a new French animated children’s film directed by Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo. A sequel to the acclaimed Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants, the movie follows a young ladybug that is trapped in a box to the Caribbean and its parent that follows on a rescue mission.… Continue reading FFF 2019 – Review: MINUSCULE – MANDIBLES FROM FAR AWAY Is Cute Animated Family Fun

FFF 2019 – Review: MOTHERS’ INSTINCT Is Suspenseful But Generic

Mothers’ Instinct is a new Belgian psychological thriller directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse. The film tells the story of two women whose lives are upended when a sudden tragedy occurs, sending them into a web of manipulation and paranoia. It debuted at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and played at the 2019 Florida Film Festival.… Continue reading FFF 2019 – Review: MOTHERS’ INSTINCT Is Suspenseful But Generic

FFF 2019 – Review: GRANNY POETRY CLUB Is Cute But Straightforward

Granny Poetry Club is a new documentary film directed by Jae-Hwan Kim. The movie follows a group of Korean senior ladies who set out to learn the Korean language in their old age because they grew up in the Japanese rule of Korea in which the teaching of the Korean language was banned in schools.… Continue reading FFF 2019 – Review: GRANNY POETRY CLUB Is Cute But Straightforward

FFF 2019 – Review: DESOLATION CENTER Is A Bit Too Dry

Desolation Center is a new music documentary film directed by Stuart Swezey. The movie tells the story of Desolation Center, a group of people who got together in the 80’s to put on a series of punk rock performances in unusual locations. It is touring the festival circuit including a stop at the 2019 Florida… Continue reading FFF 2019 – Review: DESOLATION CENTER Is A Bit Too Dry

FFF 2019 – Review: PAHOKEE Is A Boring Documentary Without A Confident Narrative

Pahokee is a new documentary film that is the feature debut of documentarians Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas. The movie follows four teens over the course of their senior year in a small agricultural town in the Everglades, the hope of the community’s future resting in their hands. It has played at festivals including the… Continue reading FFF 2019 – Review: PAHOKEE Is A Boring Documentary Without A Confident Narrative

FFF 2019 – Review: PRINCESS OF THE ROW Is A Bland But Well-Meaning Fable

Princess of the Row is a new drama film co-written and directed by Max Carlson. The movie follows a runaway foster child as she attempts to fight to stay with her father, a mentally-ill and disabled veteran who is living homeless on Los Angeles’s skid row. It has played at festivals including the 2019 Florida… Continue reading FFF 2019 – Review: PRINCESS OF THE ROW Is A Bland But Well-Meaning Fable