Sundance 2018 Review: ‘Monsters and Men’

Today was the world premiere of the latest feature by filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green called Monsters and Men. As our social climate has heightened with more recorded incidents of state-sanctioned police violence streaming down our Twitter timelines and Facebook posts, many of the films here at Sundance, are reflecting law enforcement's attitudes towards people of...

Sundance 2018 Review: ‘Night Comes On’

We've seen plenty of coming-of-age films before, but Jordana Spiro's film Night Comes On, gives us an extra layer and depth to this genre that we quite haven't experienced before---themes of loss, revenge, and perseverance are threads that weave this story together as we follow along the journey of two sisters Angel (Dominique Fishback)...

Sundance 2018 Review: ‘The Guilty’

The Guilty is directed by Gustav Möller in his feature-length debut, starring Jakob Cedergren in an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film centers on police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren), who is demoted to desk work as an emergency dispatcher. What he expected to be...

Sundance 2018 Review: ‘Sweet Country’

The stories of the oppressed have been used in so many films as little more than a tool to drive the plot. It’s obvious when this happens that the person behind the camera, writing the script, and even the people saying the lines are too far removed from the culture for the film to...

Sundance 2018 Review: ‘Time Share’

Time Share (Tiempo Compartido), directed by Sebastian Hofmann, is a dark and completely unexpected Mexican drama centered around two patriarchs who come together to save their families from a timeshare nightmare. As the story begins, we meet Andrés and Gloria, a husband and wife duo looking so in love and vowing to do whatever they need...

Sundance 2018 Review: ‘Blindspotting’

Penned by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, Blindspotting is a treasure and a love letter to Oakland. With a blend of beautiful visual symbolism, unique wordplay, and great music, Blindspotting tackles the complexities of race in America, including the use of the word “nigga." Directed by Carlos López Estrada, Blindspotting follows Collin (Diggs) on his...

Sundance 2018 Review: ‘The Rider’

The Rider is written and directed by Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brother Taught Me), and stars Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau and Lilly Jandreau. It is placed in the Spotlight section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The drama centers on a young cowboy Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau) who was once a rising star of the...

Sundance 2018 Review: ‘Loveling’

Loveling (Benzinho), written and directed by Gustavo Pizzi, is a Brazilian drama centering on Irene (Karine Teles), a wife and mother living in the outskirts of Rio De Janeiro. Irene is struggling with the anxiety of sending her oldest son Fernando (Konstantinos Sarris) off on his next journey in life, while also navigating new...

BGN Film Review: ’12 Strong’

War films, in this modern era of America cinema, tend to be stomach-churning, patriotic puff pieces. Films like American Sniper and Lone Survivor depict war as a clear and decisive good vs evil situation. White American soldiers invade a non-descript desert country and do horrible things in the name of vengeance, freedom, and manifest...

BGN Film Review: ‘Step Sisters’

The Broad Green Pictures production of the comedy Step Sisters comes with an impressive team featuring director Charles Stone III (Drumline), writer Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Emmy-winning producer Lena Waithe (Master of None).  According to Deadline, the project in 2015 was sitting with Broad Green Pictures under the title Ain’t No Half-Steppin'. Now, Netflix...
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