Director/writer Tanya Hamilton creates a dynamic and prevalent film about the plight of Black people in America. Night Catches Us takes place during the 1970s Black Power era, “Marcus Washington” (Anthony Mackie) returns home to his neighborhood in Philadelphia. Cops harass the residents. In this all-Black environment, there is immense tension. He reunites with an… Continue reading ‘Night Catches Us’ is Prevalent to the Black Lives Matter Movement
Martha (Diane Keaton), a stoic introvert, moves to a retirement community. The new living arrangements are filled with an array of clubs and activities at her disposal. Not intrigued by any of them, her new friend Sheryl (Jacki Weaver) suggests that she start a cheerleading squad for her peers. While setting up the squad, they… Continue reading POMS (2019): Review by FF2 Media
Stephanie Wang-Breal’s documentary, Blowin’ Up, speaks of a unique judicial system that helps female victims of sex trafficking (mostly Black an Asian) get back on track with their lives. It’s not only inspiring but insightful. Judge Toko Serita is dedicated to helping women get a second chance at life in a Queens courtroom. One of… Continue reading ‘Blowin’ Up’ an insightful look at broken criminal justice system
Writer/director Saila Kariat’s debut feature is a beautifully solemn and informative film about suicide, telling the story of a wealthy Indian American family residing in Silicon Valley as they cope with the loss of their young daughter. (SAT: 5/5)
Nancy Buirski’s documentary, The Rape of Recy Taylor, tells the story of Recy Taylor and how Black women helped revolutionize the Civil Rights Movement.
Monticchiello citizens gather around, yearly, to create a play. Co-directors Jeff Malmberg and Chris Sheller make a charming documentary, spoken in Italian with English subtitles. (SAT: 3/5)
Feisty New York fashion reporter “Emma” (Annabelle Stephenson) returns to gang-infested Central Valley, California after her mother “Olivia” (Jane Seymour) delivers the news of her father’s death. Determined to find out more details on his passing and the town’s severe drought, Emma begins her detailed investigation. Writers Christina Moore and Gloria Musca fill their story… Continue reading PRAY FOR RAIN (2017): Review by Stephanie Taylor
Alice Lowe is a triple threat as writer, director and actress in the film Prevenge. A seven-month pregnant widow, named “Ruth” (Alice Lowe) goes on a killing spree that is dictated by her unborn child. Add a lot of gore with a sprinkle of comedy and you have a recipe for a competent film. (SAT:… Continue reading PREVENGE