Reviews: E-G

“The Elephant Queen” leads her majestic family across the African savannah for survival

Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble direct The Elephant Queen—a documentary that closely observes an elephant herd and the delicate ecosystem they live in. As the dry season begins, the family has no choice but to journey across the African savannah and seek refuge. Academy award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor narrates this touching portrayal of the friendly majestic creatures. (KIZJ: 4/5)

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: E-G

‘#Female Pleasure’ should screen in classrooms worldwide

Featuring five remarkable women activists across four continents, #Female Pleasure continues the global conversations regarding women and sexuality. Director Barbara Miller’s documentary gives an informative update on the contemporary view of female bodies and reminds a progressive and feminist audience that though we have come a long way, there is still a long way to […]

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Reviews: E-G

FIDDLIN’ (2018): Review by FF2 Media

Filmed in the Appalachian Mountains at the World’s Oldest Fiddler’s Convention, Fiddlin’ shows the uplifting and healing power of music. Opens 10/18. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: E-G

GIFT (2018): Review by FF2 Media

Chronicling gift-based cultures around the world and challenging the logic of global capitalism, the film inspires the question: is life about getting or giving? Gift opens 10/18. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: E-G

GREENER GRASS (2019): Review by FF2 Media

Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field. Greener Grass opens 10/18. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: H-J

IMMORTAL HERO (2019): Review by FF2 Media

A man’s near death experience inspires him to choose life – and change the lives of millions. Immortal Hero opens 10/18. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: K-M

MALEFICENT – MISTRESS OF EVIL (2019): Review by FF2 Media

Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opens 10/18. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: Q-S

SERENDIPITY (2019): Review by FF2 Media

A recent breast cancer diagnosis led director and artist Prune Nourry to create Serendipity – now in the form of a stunning first-person documentary – which captures the subsequent evolution of her body, her work, her soul and her mind. Opens 10/18. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: Q-S

STUFFED (2019): Review by FF2 Media

An inside look into the world of taxidermy and the passionate artists from all over the world who work on the animals. Stuffed opens 10/18. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: U-W

UNLIKELY (2019): Review by FF2 Media

Set in the cities of Akron, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles, Unlikely investigates America’s college dropout crisis through the lives of students navigating the broken higher education system and the innovators working to close the opportunity divide. Opens 10/18. FF2 review coming soon!

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: A

A frenetic and sweet new ‘Addams Family’

The animated revival of The Addams Family is perfect for celebrating the fun and light side of Halloween spook (any time of year). (AEL: 3.5/5)

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Reviews: H-J

HIGH STRUNG FREE DANCE (2018): Review by FF2 Media

A young choreographer casts a contemporary dancer and an innovative pianist in New York’s most anticipated new Broadway show. High Strung Free Dance opens 10/11. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: Q-S

THE SKY IS PINK (2019): Review by FF2 Media

The love story of a couple spanning 25 years, told through the lens of their spunky teenage daughter, who is diagnosed with a Pulmonary fibrosis. The Sky Is Pink opens 10/11. FF2 review coming soon!

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19September27: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Three films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Abominable  Anthropocene – The Human Epoch Sister Aimee Of these three, so far I’ve seen [#]. [#] — [insert films] — are docs. [#] — [insert films] –is a narrative feature. My Top Pick for September 27th (drumroll please!) is […]

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Reviews: A

ABOMINABLE (2019): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: A magical Yeti must return to his family. Abominable opens 9/27. FF2 review coming soon!

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Reviews: A

Shocking doc ‘Anthropocene – The Human Epoch’ shows human effect on planet

Official selection at Berlin, Sundance and Toronto International Film Festivals, feature documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch examines the massive effect that humans have had on Planet Earth. A 10-year journey with international researchers and scientists, filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky uncover the relevant, revolutionary scope of man’s footprint. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review […]

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Reviews: Q-S

‘Sister Aimee: A retelling the Evangelist’s sensationalized kidnapping

*This review contains spoilers for Sister Aimee! Sister Aimee, directed by married duo Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann, is a dramatization of real life evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson’s supposed kidnapping scandal. Overwhelmed by success and its daunting expectations, Aimee and her lover chase his dreams of the Mexican border — and stumbles upon an adventure […]

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19September20: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Six films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Always In Season Britt-Marie Was Here The Game Changers Midnight Traveler Of these five, so far I’ve seen [#]. [#] — [insert films] — are docs. [#] — [insert films] –is a narrative feature. My Top Pick for September 20th […]

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Reviews: A

‘Always in Season’: Lynching in Modern-Day

Always in Season, directed and written by Jacqueline Olive, centers around an act that was “thought to have been left in the past” — lynching, a form of racial terrorism. On August 29th, 2014, African American teen Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina. Lennon’s death was ruled a […]

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Reviews: B-D

‘Britt-Marie Was Here’ stands out as an incredibly relatable story

Britt-Marie Was Here directed by Tuva Novotny tracks the life of Britt-Marie (Pernilla August) a 63-year-old housewife faced with the choice of leaving her unfaithful husband for a job as a Little League soccer coach. Endearing and heartwarming, based off of an original novel titled A Man Called Ove, the film stands out as an […]

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Reviews: E-G

‘The Game Changers’ might just persuade you to go vegan

Any vegans in the audience are going to love co-writer Shannon Kornelson’s documentary on the benefits of a plant-based diet. Kornelson, director Louie Psihoyos, and a cast of interviewees from the Miami Dolphins to Arnold Schwarznegger show us that veganism doesn’t just benefit the average person, but even the highest level athletes as well. (GPG: […]

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Reviews: K-M

‘Midnight Traveler’ Goes the Distance

Written by Emelie Mahdavian and directed and recorded by the film’s subjects themselves, Midnight Traveler is a beautiful documentary about a family who must leave their home in Afghanistan to flee the Taliban. They film the whole journey on their smartphones, creating an incredibly intimate and honest portrayal of life for refugees. (JRL: 4.5/5)  Review […]

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19September13: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Five films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Another Day of Life Cracked Up  Hustlers  Monos Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements Of these five, so far I’ve seen [#]. [#] — [insert films] — are docs. [#] — [insert […]

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Reviews: A

‘Another Day of Life’ transforms written memories of war into a graphic visual story

Directors Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow create a hybrid narrative animation and documentary film—“Another Day of Life”. Written by the two directors together with Amaia Remirez, Niall Johnson, and David Weber, the ambitious piece is based on Ryszard “Ricardo” Kapuscinski’s novel that delves into the Angolan civil war in 1975. It is an official Cannes selection, and winner of multiple awards globally. (KIZJ: 4.5/5)

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Reviews: B-D

Powerful Darrell Hammond doc ‘Cracked Up’ a story of survival

Saturday Night Live alum Darrell Hammond brings his 2011 memoir “God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem” to life in this emotionally raw documentary of overcoming childhood trauma. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by Vice President and Managing Editor Brigid K. Presecky “You overcame sh*t, too.” […]

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Reviews: H-J

‘Hustlers’ is a powerhouse of social critique and female friendship

Hustlers (written and directed by Lorene Scafaria) is a whirlwind look into the exclusive world of high-class strippers as they struggle to stay on top of an ever-shifting industry. Based on a true story, Hustlers beautifully demonstrates the highs, lows, friendships, catastrophes, and subversive truths of the lives of multiple women that work in the […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: K-M

MONOS (2019): Review by FF2 Media

Borrowing from Lord of the Flies, Skins, and Apocalypse Now alike, Monos is an excellently plotted, virtuosically acted, and fascinatingly directed ensemble drama following a squadron of child soldiers. Producer Cristina Landes assists director Alejandro Landes to bring lurid visions of love, war, hatred, and desperation to the screen. (GPG: 5/5) Review by FF2 Contributing […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: K-M

The musical silence of ‘Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements’

In award-winning director Irene Taylor Brodsky’s new documentary Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements, she explores her own family’s ability to cope with deafness. This story is intertwined with Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, which was composed during the year he started to lose his hearing. (SYJ 4.5/5)   Review written by FF2Media Intern Sophia Y. Jin […]

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Reviews: U-W

Not livin’ for ‘The Weekend’

Written and directed by Stella Meghie, The Weekend is a rom-com about a young woman who begrudgingly goes on a weekend getaway with her ex and his new girlfriend. The film is funny and features a strong leading lady, but doesn’t have much merit beyond that (JRL: 2/5) Review by FF2 Intern Julia Lasker At […]

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Reviews: E-G

‘Edie’ bold proof that age is just a number

Edie (directed by Simon Hunter and screenplay written by Elizabeth O’Halloran) follows an 83-year-old woman as she treks off to climb Mount Suilven in Scotland and fulfill a life-long dream. While Edie is cliché and cheesy at times, it contains many heartfelt moments of personal triumph and well-developed character interactions. (DLH: 3/5) Review by FF2 […]

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