Category Archive: Reviews

Review: Much Ado About Nothing (Fernández Almendras, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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In 2014 we missed out on the Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winner To Kill a Man. We weren’t going to make the same mistake this year as director Alejandro Fernández Almendras returned… Continue reading

Review: Gleason (Tweel, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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I don’t watch football–not of the NFL, college, high school, or even pee wee variety–so I might have been one of the only people in my peer group who hadn’t heard of Steve… Continue reading

Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Waititi, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople‘s director, New Zealander and Sundance veteran Taika Waikiki, re-entered the Park City spotlight in 2014 with his sleeper hit, What We Do in the Shadows. Almost instantly, this mockumentary about… Continue reading

Review: Yosemite (Demeestere, 2015) – MVFF 2015

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  I’ve long looked for an excuse to read James Franco‘s writings, and now the Mill Valley Film Festival has provided one. Yosemite, based on two stories in Franco’s collection A California Childhood,… Continue reading

Review: Jauja (Alonso, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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I walked out of this film thinking, Maybe I should stop watching these really indie indie movies. The kind made for about a hundred people to appreciate. But the further I got from… Continue reading

Review: A Borrowed Identity (Riklis, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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The Arab Israeli is a persistent subject of Israeli cinema. Arabani follows an outcast and his two children returning to his (Arab) Druze community in Israel, the documentary Life Sentences features a man… Continue reading

Review: Advantageous (Phang, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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In the future, terrorist attacks are commonplace; society has become even more obsessed with youth and beauty; the gap between the rich and the poor has only widened; and, for the ever-shrinking middle… Continue reading

Review: Freeheld (Sollett, 2015) – Special Screening of the SF Film Society

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Freeheld, directed by Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, is based off of a documentary short of the same title. The films… Continue reading

Review: Moomins on the Riviera (Picard & Hemilä, 2014)

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Who are the Moomins? If you don’t live in Europe, you may not have grown up with these hippopotamus-resembling creatures created by Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. In the English-language version of the hand-drawn… Continue reading

Review: The Girl King (Kaurismäki, 2015)

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Veteran Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki directs a vibrant Malin Buska in The Girl King, a biopic about Christina, the famous 17th century Swedish queen. The film briefly sketches out Christina’s childhood, from her departure from… Continue reading