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  • NON FICS Film Review: 'Breaking Habits'

    NON FICS Film Review: 'Breaking Habits'

    Breaking Habits, a feature documentary about Sister Kate, succeeds in putting a face and a story to the folks fighting to change the inhibitory and arguably harmful regulation of pot. It triumphs in demonstrating how criminalization puts law-abiding business owners at risk and points the finger at myopic lawmakers for enabling a dangerous, gun-toting black market.
  • FLICK FILOSOPHER Film Review: 'Stuck'

    FLICK FILOSOPHER Film Review: 'Stuck'

    Stuck — the second feature from director Michael Berry, based on a stage play by Riley Thomas — is pure gritty urban joy, all marvelous, touching songs about grief, sacrifice, mistrust, misunderstanding, and other intimate perils.
  • SLAMDANCE Film Review: 'Instant Dreams'

    SLAMDANCE Film Review: 'Instant Dreams'

    Instant Dreams, director Willem Baptist’s documentary ode to the Polaroid, is as enchanting and magical as its subject. Like photography, Instant Dreams’ story inhabits the real, the hyperreal and the unreal. It chronicles the origin and rise of Edwin Land’s history-changing invention, hailed in 1937 as the future.
  • THR Film Review: 'Naples in Veils'

    THR Film Review: 'Naples in Veils'

    Giovanna Mezzogiorno stars in director Ferzan Ozpetek’s mystery-shrouded thriller about lost love and memory.
  • Roger Ebert Film Review: 'The Mustang'

    Roger Ebert Film Review: 'The Mustang'

    A man of few words in a rural Nevada prison, convict Roman Coleman is unable to keep his temper in check in Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s sober and humanistic character study “The Mustang.”
  • ARTSBEATLA Film Review: 'CATCHING SIGHT OF THELMA AND LOUISE'

    ARTSBEATLA Film Review: 'CATCHING SIGHT OF THELMA AND LOUISE'

    Director/producer Jennifer Townsend was not in the film business at all when she first encountered the now-classic road movie Thelma & Louise in 1991. Profoundly moved by what she’d seen, she wondered if others had been similarly affected by the film.
  • MOVIE NATION Film Review: 'AMERICAN RELAPSE'

    MOVIE NATION Film Review: 'AMERICAN RELAPSE'

    Eye-opening and damning, “American Relapse” is a blunt force look at the “cycle” of opioid addiction and the ways this American epidemic has been monetized by those with an eye towards making a buck out of any bad thing that happens.
  • VARIETY Film Review: 'TIGERLAND'

    VARIETY Film Review: 'TIGERLAND'

    'Born into Brothels' director Ross Kauffman's new documentary charts preservation efforts to save endangered tigers in India and Russia.
  • The Hollywood Reporter Film Review: 'A VIGILANTE'

    The Hollywood Reporter Film Review: 'A VIGILANTE'

    A taut revenge fantasy that takes the traumatic roots of its crime-fighting spree very seriously, Sarah Daggar-Nickson's A Vigilante casts Olivia Wilde as a woman who narrowly escapes an abusive household, then turns herself into a mysterious champion for others.
  • MIAMI NEW TIMES Review: 'Screwball'

    MIAMI NEW TIMES Review: 'Screwball'

    Screwball Is One of Rakontur's Funniest Documentaries.
  • The New Yorker Film Review: 'The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley'

    The New Yorker Film Review: 'The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley'

    In the new HBO documentary “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” the Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes remains a vexingly sphinxlike figure.
  • The Hollywood Outsider Film Review: 'Triple Threat'

    The Hollywood Outsider Film Review: 'Triple Threat'

    There’s seldom an Asian-American film that has such remarkable action sequences while also having an engagingly fun story. Sometimes it’s more plot than great action, and other times it’s great action and stunts with a barely-visible story. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, and Triple Threat is one of them.