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… Continue reading MONOS (2019): Review by FF2 Media

The Musical Silence of ‘Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements’

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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… Continue reading The Musical Silence of ‘Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements’

‘The Kitchen’ shows life of crime in the Irish mob

The Kitchen (2019), directed by Andrea Berloff, is an American shoot ‘em up film starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss. Set back in the 1970’s during New York City’s crime wave, three women become leaders of the local Irish mob after their husbands are arrested. Reviving the mob after incompetent rule, they restore… Continue reading ‘The Kitchen’ shows life of crime in the Irish mob

LADYWORLD (2018): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: Eight teenage girls become trapped in an endless birthday party after a massive (imaginary?) earthquake. The girls’ sanity and psyches dissolve as they run out of food and water. Ladyworld opens August 2. Review coming soon!

My Days of Mercy Tackles the Death Penalty, Lesbian Love, and Grief

My Days of Mercy is a mixed genre film directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer and written by Joe Barton about Lucy’s (Ellen Page) struggles to deal with her father’s situation on death row. While My Days of Mercy presented an extremely original plot and contained a lot of great moments, it, unfortunately, failed to amount to… Continue reading My Days of Mercy Tackles the Death Penalty, Lesbian Love, and Grief

‘My Days of Mercy’ tackles the death penalty, lesbian love, and grief

My Days of Mercy is a mixed genre film directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer and written by Joe Barton about Lucy’s (Ellen Page) struggles to deal with her father’s situation on death row. While My Days of Mercy presented an extremely original plot and contained a lot of great moments, it, unfortunately, failed to amount to… Continue reading ‘My Days of Mercy’ tackles the death penalty, lesbian love, and grief

‘Killer’s Anonymous’: Too many twists take meaning away from plot

Killers Anonymous, directed by Martin Owen and written by Elizabeth Morris, is a crime thriller centered on a group of assassins in hiding as a manhunt goes on for the perpetrator of a senator’s assassination. (BV 3.5/5.0) Review by Junior Associate Beatrice Viri Killers Anonymous opens with Gary Oldman’s unnamed character facilitating a group therapy… Continue reading ‘Killer’s Anonymous’: Too many twists take meaning away from plot

‘Late Night’ ushers in great comedy, strong women and standard plot

Directed by Nisha Ganatra and written by star Mindy Kaling, Late Night is a backstage comedy about the unlikely relationship that forms between Molly (Kaling) and late night television talk show host Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson). Even though the dialogue is smart and downright hilarious at points, Late Night unfortunately fails to surpass the basic… Continue reading ‘Late Night’ ushers in great comedy, strong women and standard plot

‘Nureyev’ is a testament to the motion in motion pictures

Nureyev is an astonishing testament to the motion in motion pictures. Written and directed by Jaqcui Morris and David Morris, this documentary saves the phenomenon and life force of one of 20th century greatest ballet dancers and—also—pop icon, Rudolph Nureyev from the oblivion of history. In combining narration and archive footage with danced and dramatized… Continue reading ‘Nureyev’ is a testament to the motion in motion pictures

‘My Son’ fails to make an impact on the kidnap-thriller scene

My Son (Mon Garçon) written by Laure Irrmann and Christian Carion and directed by Carion is a typical vigilante thriller about a child kidnapping that contains moments of good suspense but ultimately does not amount to anything more than a standard trope. (DLH: 2.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Dayna Hagewood My Son begins with Julien… Continue reading ‘My Son’ fails to make an impact on the kidnap-thriller scene

LONG SHOT (2019): Review-in-Waiting by FF2 Media

From IMDb: When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly. Long Shot opens 5/3. FF2 review coming soon!

LONG SHOT (2019)

Long Shot is a political romantic comedy following journalist Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) as he is appointed to the role of speech writer for secretary of state Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) as she begins her presidential campaign. (AEG: 3/5) Review by FF2 Intern Anika Guttormson Long Shot, directed by Jonathan Levine and written by Dan… Continue reading LONG SHOT (2019)

LONG SHOT

From IMDb: When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly. Long Shot opens 5/3. FF2 review coming soon!

‘Knock Down the House’ a one-of-a-kind political documentary

Knock Down the House opens on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, now a US congresswoman, at the beginning of her political journey. In the first scene, she stands in a hotel-room bathroom doing her makeup and discusses how complicated it is to figure out how to present yourself as a woman in politics. This down-to-Earth and personal style… Continue reading ‘Knock Down the House’ a one-of-a-kind political documentary

A dip into the painfully realistic issues of the modern Wild West in ‘Little Woods’

Written and Directed by Nia DaCosta, Little Woods is set in North Dakota—a fracking boomtown that was supposed to lead America to a better future. Tessa Thompson and Lily James star as stepsisters with a dysfunctional relationship, both drowning in their own desperate situations. Boasting four wins and three nominations, the film looks at societal pressures and complex family dynamics—what choice do good people make when left with scant options, where even the best of which are unlawful? (KIZJ: 4/5)

Little is a classic “body-swap” comedy featuring a charming black female cast

In Little, directed by Tina Gordon and written by Gordon and Tracy Oliver, nightmare boss Jordan Sanders turns into her preteen self before an important presentation, forcing her assistant April to take on her duties while she faces a past demon — middle school. (BV 3.5/5) Review by Intern Beatrice Viri Little starts off with… Continue reading Little is a classic “body-swap” comedy featuring a charming black female cast

Mary Magdalene revives biblical tale with a feminist spin

Mary Magdalene (directed by Garth Davis and co-written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett) offers a new take on a classic biblical tale in a wandering and revisionist manner. (DLH: 3.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Dayna Hagewood We are introduced to Mary (played by Rooney Mara) almost immediately through her experiences with others. She runs… Continue reading Mary Magdalene revives biblical tale with a feminist spin

‘Mia and the White Lion’ Fights Animal Poaching Alongside its Protagonists

Written by Prune de Maistre and William Davies, Mia and the White Lion is the story of a girl who forms a lifelong bond with a beautiful white lion and then must fight to save him from the evils of animal poaching. Mia and the White Lion is not only an engaging narrative about a… Continue reading ‘Mia and the White Lion’ Fights Animal Poaching Alongside its Protagonists

‘The Mustang’ Exhibits Moving Portrait of a Changed Inmate

The Mustang frontlines American inmate Roman Coleman as he struggles to overcome his temper so he can remain eligible for the outdoors rehabilitation program at his prison. Here he must put aside his own demons and learn what it means to be patient in order to tame an unbreakable stallion. (AG: 3.5/5 stars) Review by… Continue reading ‘The Mustang’ Exhibits Moving Portrait of a Changed Inmate

Matt Smith captures a visionary in ‘Mapplethorpe’

Director Ondi Timoner paints a portrait of an artist in her Tribeca Film Festival award-winning biopic Mapplethorpe. The impeccable Matt Smith disappears into controversial artist Robert Mapplethorpe in this memorable lead role, following the evolution of a trailblazing photographer. (BKP: 3.5/5) Timoner’s fascination with her subject matter shines through in Mapplethorpe, balancing audience’s perceptions of… Continue reading Matt Smith captures a visionary in ‘Mapplethorpe’

Rodriguez stands out in messy ‘Miss Bala’

Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Twilight, Miss You Already) and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Miss Bala is an ambitious action drama set in Tijuana. Gina Rodriguez is a deserving lead despite the complicated, questionable plot following a California makeup artist who gets caught up in tense drug cartel drama near the Mexico border. (BKP: 3.5/5)… Continue reading Rodriguez stands out in messy ‘Miss Bala’

‘Maniakarnika’ an epic woman warrior biopic

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) follows the story of Rani Lakshmibai, a leader and warrior who fought against the British occupation of India in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. (4/5) Review by FF2 Intern Anika Guttormson Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) was co-directed by Krish Jagarlamudi and Kangana Ranaut. Ranaut’s directorial debut takes… Continue reading ‘Maniakarnika’ an epic woman warrior biopic

‘Mortal Engines’, a steampunk fantasy by the producers of LOTR

Mortal Engines, written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, is a steampunk fantasy in which the protagonists must team up to prevent the “Anti-Tractionist” land from being destroyed and imperialized. (BV 3.5/5.0) Review by Intern Beatrice Viri Following a tragedy known as the “Sixty Minute War,”, humanity has been split into two leagues:… Continue reading ‘Mortal Engines’, a steampunk fantasy by the producers of LOTR

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ is a fiery drama about love, war and feminine power

Directed by Josie Rourke, Mary Queen of Scots is a historical drama about Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, and Elizabeth I, Queen of England, and their fiery rivalry for the throne. Though the plot unfolds a bit too quickly and important details seem rushed, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie positively shine as the queens, and… Continue reading ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ is a fiery drama about love, war and feminine power

‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’ another retelling of classic origin story

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a visually impressive live-action film that retells the story of The Jungle Book from the point of view of Mowgli the “man cub.” Rudyard Kipling’s century-old story has been retold several times, from the well-known 1967 Disney animated film to Jon Favreau’s 2016 adaptation. From first-time screenwriter Callie Kloves and director Andy Serkis (a motion capture expert), Netflix’s Mowgli is an origin story that’s biggest failing is being told too many times. (BKP: 3.5/5)