“Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel, Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing.”
The Florida Project
“Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her rag-tag gang of friends. Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion.”
“The film follows Thelma, a young woman (Eili Harboe) who leaves her strict family and isolated country home to attend university in Oslo. There, she soon finds friendship and her first love. Her relationship and newfound independence is quickly complicated by her parents’ oppressive meddling, their seemingly fundamentalist religious beliefs, and, possibly, Thelma‘s unique ability to shape and affect her environment.”
The Rape of Recy Taylor
“Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.”
“In Senegalese director Alain Gomis’s new film, a singer in a makeshift bar in Kinshasa goes in search of money for her son’s medical care after he is injured in an accident. Félicité is tough, and tender, funny and terrifying, both responsive to the moment and fixed on its heroine’s spiritual progress.”
“Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, a portrait of an artistically inclined teenage girl (Saoirse Ronan) trying to define herself in the shadow of her over-bearing mother (Laurie Metcalf).”
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Valerie Complex is a freelance writer and professional nerd. As a lover of Japanese animation, and all things film, she is passionate about diversity across all entertainment mediums.