‘The Sweet Requiem’ Renders Powerful Story of Reconciliation

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Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam’s second feature film The Sweet Requiem is a powerful and political narrative about the experience of Tibetan refugees. It is excellently made and culminates in a powerfully human story. (HRM: 4/5) Review by FF2 Intern Hannah Mayo 26 year old “Dolkar” (Tenzin Dolker) lives in a Tibetan refugee colony in… Continue reading ‘The Sweet Requiem’ Renders Powerful Story of Reconciliation

SWORD OF TRUST (2019): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia’s inheritance from her deceased grandfather, but the only item she receives is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War. Sword of Trust opens 7/12. FF2 review coming soon!

‘Sword of Trust’ Carried by Fantastic Improv Actors

Synopsis: Sword of Trust opens with Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and Mary (Michaela Watkins) returning to the countryside to sift through the remnants of Cynthia’s late grandfather’s belongings. In town Mel (Marc Maron) and Nathaniel (Jon Bass) run a small pawn shop. The two parties meet when Cynthia and Mary try to pawn a left behind… Continue reading ‘Sword of Trust’ Carried by Fantastic Improv Actors

A Missed Opportunity, “Renegade Dreamers” is All Heart but Little Substance

An interweaving of the past and the present, Karen Kramer’s documentary invokes the voices of the Beat generation to paint a picture of today’s atmosphere of political activism through poetry and song. While its heart is in the right place, Renegade Dreamers lacks the substance needed to make for an inspirational yet informative documentary, leaving… Continue reading A Missed Opportunity, “Renegade Dreamers” is All Heart but Little Substance

THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE (2019): Review by FF2 Media

From IMDb: In this first ever feature-length documentary about the enigmatic Morris “Moe” Berg, award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner again focuses her camera on a little-known Jewish hero. From the streets of Newark to five major league teams during baseball’s Golden Age to his secret life spying for the OSS during WWII, Berg’s improbable story is… Continue reading THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE (2019): Review by FF2 Media

‘The Souvenir’ a Murky Look into Complicated Relationship

The Souvenir, directed by Joanna Hogg, is a period piece set in 1980s London that follows the life of budding film student Julie as she navigates a tumultuous relationship with an older man. (AEG: 2.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Anika Guttormson Joanna Hogg attempts a great feat in her latest film, The Souvenir: she allows… Continue reading ‘The Souvenir’ a Murky Look into Complicated Relationship

‘The Sun Is Also A Star’ a Well-Intentioned Victim of YA Adaptation

Based on the best-selling novel by Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything), The Sun Is Also A Star is Warner Brothers’ addition to the early-summer canon for young adult romance. Written by Tracy Oliver (Little and What Men Want) and directed by Before I Fall helmer Ry Russo-Young, this YA adaptation is more of the same. (BKP:… Continue reading ‘The Sun Is Also A Star’ a Well-Intentioned Victim of YA Adaptation

‘The Silence of Others’ brings justice to victims of the Spanish Civil War

Directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, ‘The Silence of Others’ is an exposé of the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s dictatorship following it. The film follows a lawsuit against the Amnesty Act in 1977, which essentially enforced a national “forgetting” of the crimes against humanity committed under Franco’s rule.… Continue reading ‘The Silence of Others’ brings justice to victims of the Spanish Civil War

Red Joan fails to invoke wartime espionage thrills

Directed by Trevor Nunn and written by Lindsay Shapero, Red Joan is an unfortunately average drama based on the life of KGB spy Melita Norwood. Although the subject matter had wonderful potential to serve as the basis of an excellent film, Red Joan gets caught up in tedious romance, poor structure, and dull execution. (DLH:… Continue reading Red Joan fails to invoke wartime espionage thrills

‘Reinventing Rosalee’ Documentary Is A Heartfelt Portrayal of Rebuilding One’s Life After WWll

Budding director Dr. Lillian Glass reveals a moving portrait of her mother’s life in the new documentary Reinventing Rosalee. The story follows Rosalee through various stages of her life, from her escape from WWII Germany to her time spent in Soviet prisoner-of-war camps to rebuilding her life in the United States. (AG: 3.5/5) Review by… Continue reading ‘Reinventing Rosalee’ Documentary Is A Heartfelt Portrayal of Rebuilding One’s Life After WWll

‘Roll Red Roll’ Delivers Honest Look Into The Toxic Masculinity That Defines One Small Town

Director Nancy Schwartzman delivers a hard-hitting portrait of a small Ohio town that is forced to reconcile with a culture that keeps women from coming forward about assault and the technology that helped a young woman find justice. (AG: 4/5) Review by FF2 Intern Anika Guttormson [Content warning for mentions of sexual assault] Budding director… Continue reading ‘Roll Red Roll’ Delivers Honest Look Into The Toxic Masculinity That Defines One Small Town

A Never-Ending Search in Historical Drama ‘Sunset’

In Sunset, directed and written by László Nemes and co-written with Clara Royer, a young woman travels to Budapest in order to work for her family’s namesake. She discovers an estranged brother, and pandemonium follows as she attempts to learn more familial secrets. (BV 3.0/5.0) Review by Intern Beatrice Viri Sunset starts with introducing protagonist… Continue reading A Never-Ending Search in Historical Drama ‘Sunset’

‘State Like Sleep’ brings the viewer into a dreamlike trance

State Like Sleep, written and directed by Meredith Danluck, is a noir-esque thriller about a woman who must confront the demons surrounding her husband’s death (3.0/5.0). Review by Intern Beatrice Viri In State Like Sleep, photographer Katherine Grand (Katherine Waterson) receives a phone call from her mother that forces her to fly to Brussels and… Continue reading ‘State Like Sleep’ brings the viewer into a dreamlike trance

‘Second Act’ surprises with its entertaining and uplifting story

When a warehouse employee makes a wish that her street smarts were valued as much as book smarts, she doesn’t expect her wish to come true. Suddenly gifted with a new identity complete with fake Harvard degree and impressive resume, she is given a second chance at a stellar career. Director Peter Segal and writers… Continue reading ‘Second Act’ surprises with its entertaining and uplifting story

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ a Clever, Memorable Disney Sequel

From co-screenwriter Pamela Ribon, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet is a fun, thoughtful journey of two colorful arcade game character venturing into the world wide web. Undeniably imaginative and satirical without snark, this sequel to Wreck-It Ralph (2012) is a great addition to Disney’s ever-growing list of decent sequels. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by Managing Editor… Continue reading ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ a Clever, Memorable Disney Sequel

‘Searching for Ingmar Bergman’ is another take on an overexposed personal history

Searching for Ingmar Bergman by German directors Margarethe von Trotta and Felix Moeller is another attempt to understand the real person behind the legendary name Ingmar Bergman. The Swedish arthouse director is one of the greatest influences on filmmaking to this day, and in light of this, Searching for Ingmar Bergman sets out to interview… Continue reading ‘Searching for Ingmar Bergman’ is another take on an overexposed personal history

‘Shirkers’ reconstructs a lost film into an excellent documentary

Shirkers, written and directed by Sandi Tan, is a wonderfully stitched together documentary both recounting and discovering what happened to her film made in Singapore in the early 90s that was stolen by her mentor, Georges Cardona. (DLH: 4.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Dayna Hagewood *This Review contains a spoiler!* Shirkers is an incredible taking back of… Continue reading ‘Shirkers’ reconstructs a lost film into an excellent documentary

‘Silencio’ stumbles its way through the sci-fi desert

From writer-director Lorena Villarreal, Silencio is a science fiction thriller imbued with an emotional family story, making for a somewhat-unbalanced approach to what could otherwise be an exciting genre film. (GEP: 3.5/5) Review by Contributing Editor Georgiana E. Presecky The repercussions of time travel, mysterious meteorites and old legends are at the center of Villarreal’s… Continue reading ‘Silencio’ stumbles its way through the sci-fi desert

‘Sadie’ a thrilling coming of age story

Sadie tells the story of a young girl coming of age while faced with the challenges of a modern American military family. Realist and simple on the surface, it explores these issues from an intriguing psychological perspective, resulting in a dark and affecting drama. (HRM: 4/5) Review by FF2 Intern Hannah Mayo Adolescent Sadie (Sophia… Continue reading ‘Sadie’ a thrilling coming of age story

A family gathers to bid farewell to a beloved pet in the wise & winsome ‘Stella’s Last Weekend’

Stella’s Last Weekend reflects the importance of being young and not knowing what to do. Set around the impending death of their family dog, Stella, two brothers learn that they have mistakenly fallen for the same girl and discover that nothing in life is as easy it seems. (KAC: 4/5) Review by FF2 Intern Katharine… Continue reading A family gathers to bid farewell to a beloved pet in the wise & winsome ‘Stella’s Last Weekend’

Big heart saves charming ‘Smallfoot’

Smallfoot is a clever animated comedy with a metaphorical message about curiosity and the importance of truth. Voice acting from Channing Tatum, Zendaya and Common brings a sincere humor to this screenplay from Blended screenwriter Clare Sera and co-director Karey Kirkpatrick. (GEP: 4/5) Review by Contributing Editor Georgiana E. Presecky  Migo (Tatum) is a proud Yeti… Continue reading Big heart saves charming ‘Smallfoot’

‘Summer 03’ is a fresh coming of age film from Becca Gleason

Jaime’s grandmother has just said her last words: “learn how to give a proper blowjob.” Writer and director Becca Gleason opens with those last words as she sets the tone for Jaime (Joey King) and her family as they deal with the drastically different ways each one of them deals with grief in her wonderfully… Continue reading ‘Summer 03’ is a fresh coming of age film from Becca Gleason

‘Quincy’ documents the making of a legend

Quincy is a retrospective on the life and career of iconic composer, producer, and musician Quincy Jones. The film was co-directed and co-written by Rashida Jones (who in addition to being a filmmaker and actress is Jones’s daughter) and Alan Hicks. (RM: 4.5/5) Review by FF2 Contributing Editor Rachel Mosely As Quincy opens, we travel… Continue reading ‘Quincy’ documents the making of a legend

‘The Song of Sway Lake’ sways us into nostalgia

In director Ari Gold’s award-winning film The Song of Sway Lake, Elizabeth Bull writes a story of nostalgia, pain, and betrayal. In this tale, the obsession over a 78 record is taken over by the feeling of pain and nostalgia. (SYJ: 4/5) Review written by FF2 Media Intern Sophia Y. Jin Wanting to freeze time,… Continue reading ‘The Song of Sway Lake’ sways us into nostalgia