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Secret Garden

Secret Garden

The Garden Left Behind by Hope Madden Newcomer Charlie Guevara charms in Flavio Alves’s drama The Garden Left Behind with a bittersweet performance as Tina, an undocumented Mexican trans woman…read more →

Back in the USSR

Back in the USSR

Sputnik by Hope Madden For low-key, throwback sci-fi horror, Sputnik is a fine time. A Russian film, Sputnik takes us back to Soviet Union circa 1983 in all its concrete…read more →

Mercy, Mercy Me

Mercy, Mercy Me

Da 5 Bloods by Hope Madden Leave it to Spike Lee to follow up the socially searing masterwork in direction BlackKklansman with something bigger, badder and even more immediately relevant.…read more →

She Said She Said

She Said She Said

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael by George Wolf Even with the fragmented and ubiquitous nature of film criticism in the social media age, Pauline Kael’s summation may…read more →

Born in a Small Town

Born in a Small Town

Pahokee by George Wolf If you’re the parent of a current high school senior, you’ll find some extra poignancy in Pahokee, an observational doc that follows four small town Florida…read more →

Kelly Green

Kelly Green

True History of the Kelly Gang by George Wolf Planting its flag unapologetically at the corner of accuracy and myth, The True History of the Kelly Gang reintroduces a legendary…read more →

Partial

Partial

Santiago, Italia by Hope Madden History repeats itself.  This often frustrating, even tragic theme has powered many films and documentaries over the years, including Nanni Moretti’s Santiago, Italia.   An…read more →

Strings Attached

Strings Attached

Trolls World Tour by George Wolf They may sing songs we already know in a sequel that’s often thematically simple, but to quarantined families longing for an escape from re-runs,…read more →

See Me, Feel Me

See Me, Feel Me

Invisible Life by George Wolf Invisible Life (A Vida Invisvel) is one of the few films that earns its melodrama status in only positive ways. Director/co-writer Karim Ainouz attacks our…read more →