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The Subject

119 min
  • DIRECTOR: Lanie Zipoy
  • STARRING: Jason Biggs, Aunjanue Ellis, Anabelle Acosta

SHOWTIMES 11/27/2021 (change date):

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Synopsis:

The Subject follows a successful white documentary filmmaker as he deals with the fallout from his last film, which caught the murder of a Black teen on tape. While he shoots a new doc series for a major network, someone films his every move, threatening his idyllic life

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JOHN FRANCIS FOX
5 out of 5 stars

POWERFUL, PROVOCATIVE, AND POIGNANT CAUTIONARY TALE

October 26, 2021
I HOPE THAT ALL DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKERS WILL SEE "THE SUBJECT" BECAUSE IT IS AN EXCELLENT CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT DOCUMENTARIANS CAN BECOME TOO INTRUSIVE IN THEIR SUBJECTS' LIVES AND HOW MUCH HARM THEY CAN DO. I WAS ALSO GREATLY IMPRESSED BY JASON BIGGS' PERFORMANCE. THE ONLY OTHER T HING I HAD SEEN HIM IN BEFORE WAS THE AWFUL BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF THAT AWFUL OLD MOVIE, "THE GRADUATE." (MIKE NICHOLS' 2ND- & 2ND WORST- MOVIE). I WAS REALLY AMAZED AT HOW HE COULD GO FROM ACTING ARROGANT IN ONE SCENE TO CONVEYING HIS CHARACTER, PHIL'S FRUSTRATION OVER THE PROBLEMS WITH HIS FILM. MY FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE FILM WAS HIS EMPATHETIC RESPONSE TO THE CHARACTER'S KWAME GRIEF OVER THE DEATH OF HIS MOTHER. AND KALEB BRYANT'S UNRESTRAINED AGONY IN THIS SCENE WAS TRULY HEART-BREAKING. THE TWO OF THEM DEFINITELY DESERVE OSCAR NOMINATIONS. SO DOES ANJANUE ELLIS FOR THE POWERFUL RAGE AND MOURNING SHE EVOKES WHEN SHE CONFRONTS PHIL OVER WHAT HAPPENED TO HER SON., MALCOLM. HER LOOK OF ANGUISH WHEN PHIL CRITICIZES HER FOR HER SUPPOSED FAILINGS OF HER AS A MOTHER IS A BRIEF- BUT BRILLIANT- MOMENT OF ACTING .THE THREE OF THEM- AND DIRECTOR LANIE ZIPOY- SHOULD DEFINITELY BE COMMENDED FOR REMINDING ALL OF US THAT THE WRONG ACTIONS CAN HAVE HORRIBLE CONSEQUENCES.

Miranda Skye
5 out of 5 stars

Necessary, heartbreaking, awakening

October 20, 2021
Such a profoundly intense film that speaks to a core issue of our current times. Yet, it displays each character's humanity and tells a provocative and keep you on the edge-of-your-seat story. Jason Biggs and Aunjanue Ellis give Oscar worthy performances in this intense drama.