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

Review: The Russian Woodpecker (Gracia, 2015)

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Fedor Alexandrovich, the subject of firsttime director Chad Gracia‘s documentary The Russian Woodpecker, is a Ukrainian Elijah Wood lookalike with yellow smoke-stained teeth and bulging, deranged eyes. An artist and activist, Alexandrovich embarks… Continue reading

Review: Mardan (Ghobadi, 2014) – MVFF 2015

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As a child playing by the river, Mardan (Hossein Hasan) witnesses his younger brother gang-raped and then killed by a group of men. Now a corrupt police officer in the same region of… Continue reading

Review: Nena (Diesing, 2014) – MVFF 2015

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It is 1989 (again!) in the Netherlands. Nena (the lovely Abbey Hoes) is in high school. She listens to punk rock, makes snarky comments, and falls in love with Carlo (Gijs Blom), the… Continue reading

Review: The Pawn (Delaloye, 2015) – MVFF 2015

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Many in the U.S. will remember the recent controversy over the waves of child migrants fleeing violence in Central America and seeking refuge here. Director Jean-Cosme Delaloye‘s takes a personal look at the source… Continue reading

Review: Princess (Shalom-Ezer, 2014) – MVFF 2015

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Filmmaker Tali Shalom-Ezer‘s sophomore feature Princess is hands down one of the most compelling films I’ve seen in recent memory. Shira Haas is brilliant as Adar, a feisty and precocious pre-adolescent. Adar regularly… Continue reading

Review: The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows (2015)

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If you’ve ever enjoyed yourself a Pixar movie or a Miyazaki film (and, be honest, who hasn’t?), you’re bound to find something you like in the 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows, a collection… Continue reading

Review: Amnesia (Schroeder, 2015) – MVFF 2015

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When I visited Berlin in 2011, I was struck by how much World War II was still very much in the public consciousness of the country. One woman I  met in a professional… Continue reading