Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Little Monsters’

Seeing the press image of a bloodied, distressed and emotionally exhausted Lupita Nyong’o featured on the synopsis for the Australian film Little Monsters comes with the expectation that this movie is prepared to stress us out. But in fact, it's quite the opposite. The film is being hailed widely among critics as Zombieland meets Kindergarten...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Relive’

Before you sit down to watch the Blumhouse thriller Relive, make sure you throw all logic out of the window. The foundation of this film is centered on the idea of the ability to save someone, even if it means having to relive the traumatic and horrific experience of their death in order to...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Clemency’

  Clemency digs deep inside your heart and forces you to witness one of the most difficult moments a warden has to endure, authorizing the execution of a prisoner. Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard)  is a hardworking determined and willful prison warden that is extremely dedicated to her career. She’s so dedicated to her work in fact,...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Premature’

Rashaad Ernesto Green’s Premature takes viewers on a raw and honest journey of an inner city young woman, Ayanna (Zora Howard) who is poetic, smart, nuanced, ready for new beginnings, yet unlearned in so many ways. Ayanna is a graduating senior headed to Bucknell University in the Fall. Focused, unbothered and pretty; she’s different...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire’

  In 1974, when he was just 20 years old, author of the Millennium Trilogy Stieg Larsson wanted to write his thesis about Nazis in Sweden and the growing threat of the fascist far-right. His professor told him that Nazis were a thing of the past and to pick another topic. Almost as if he...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’

In a rapidly changing suburb of San Francisco on the brink of gentrification, unleashes a story about an ode to friendship and a house that changes everything. Today was the world premiere of the A24 film The Last Black Man In San Francisco starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps, Finn...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Suicide by Sunlight’

  It’s not easy being a vampire, especially if you’re Black, a woman, and a parent. It’s even more difficult when your human baby daddy won’t let you see your kids. Suicide by Sunlight is a film about Valentina, a Black vampire who is a daywalker. Daywalkers can walk on sunshine and not turn into...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Late Night’

  In the world of late-night television, dominated and ruled by white guys, the new comedy Late Night — written by Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) and directed by Nisha Ganatra (Transparent) tells the honest truth about where women of color fit as comedy writers in prime time television. Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a seasoned veteran on the...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘After The Wedding’

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Susanne Bier — may be known more for her work on the Netflix film that recently went viral — Bird Box than her Academy-Award winning Danish film In A Better World. Complex relationships centered around family is what she’s best known for. The adaptation of her critically acclaimed film After The...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Native Son’

“So, that happened,” was all anyone could say after the premiere of the new HBO Film Native Son. It premiered in the Eccles Theater on the first day of the Sundance Film Festival to a largely white audience. An audience who, judging by the gasps and other sounds when the third act rolled around,...