Film Reviews

Beauty and the Beast A wonder-filled live-action version of the romantic story that also offers us lessons common in good fairy tales. Transformation
When the Bough Breaks A documentary about postpartum depression. Meaning
A Woman, A Part Portrait of one woman's resilience as she moves through a difficult mid-life crisis. Meaning
David Lynch: The Art Life A documentary in which filmmaker and artist David Lynch shares stories about his past. Imagination
After the Storm A touching story about a mad and sad blocked writer in the midst of a midlife breakdown. You
Personal Shopper A thought-provoking film about the mysteries found in times of grief and loss. X-The Mystery
This Beautiful Fantastic An enchanting fairy tale about the revitalization of an oddball young woman who is an aspiring writer. Love
Burning Sands A disturbing film about the hazing of a college fraternity pledge. Shadow
The Sense of an Ending A thoughtful probe into the efforts of an elderly man to achieve closure in a past intimate relationship. Love
The Ottoman Lieutenant Portrait of a strong-willed 23-year-old American who sets off on an adventure. Love
Cries from Syria A documentary masterpiece chronicling the stages of the Syrian revolution and the staggering suffering of the Syrian people. Compassion
In the Forest of Siberia A French film about a burnt-out man who spends some prime time in the wilderness of Siberia seeking the insights of solitude. Meaning
Journey to Greenland The cross-cultural journey of two long-time friends visiting one of their fathers in a remote Inuit village. Openness
Right Here, Right Now A French film that excoriates a firm that specializes in mergers and takeovers and reveals the toxic nature of secrets. Shadow
The Stopover A look into the emotional fireworks that emerge when a band of stressed out soldiers from Afghanistan arrive for some R & R in Cyprus. Meaning
The Together Project A French/Icelandic romantic comedy about love, swimming pools, and the yearning to be rescued. Love
The Last Laugh A documentary on the controversies swirling around humor about the Holocaust. Openness
150 Milligrams A riveting French social justice drama about a courageous female whistleblower who discovered the health hazards of a diet drug. Justice
Frantz A heart-affecting and inventive drama about war, grief, forgiveness, and the healing powers of art. Forgiveness
Heal the Living A very fine French film about death, organ donation, and the importance of illness narratives. Compassion
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