Film Reviews

Brave New Jersey A clever dramedy about a small community that surges on a sea of troubles during Orson Welles' broadcast about an alien invasion. Love
Dunkirk An immersive movie that takes viewers inside the experience of war on sea, on the land, and in the air. Compassion
Menashe An authentic and endearing portrait of an oddball in his Brooklyn Hasidic community. Love
The Wrong Light An expose of the unethical exploitation of two young Thai girls by an amoral entrepreneur. Justice
Maudie An inspiring portrait of the resilience of a crippled but immensely creative woman. Love
The Fencer A celebration of the ethical goodness and heroic acts of a teacher. Teachers
War for the Planet of the Apes The third in a series of sci-fi epics that surges with an unflinching focus on spiritual matters. Compassion
The Big Sick A hilarious and touching romantic comedy that qualifies as one of best films of 2017. Love
A Ghost Story A moving and minimalist ghost story that delivers food for thought about travels through time and the art of letting go. X-The Mystery
Almost Sunrise A profound and hopeful documentary about the challenges faced by soldiers returning from war. Shadow
The Midwife A satisfying dramedy about a woman seeking fresh directions and adventures during middle age. Transformation
Last Men in Aleppo An unflinching, grippingly realistic, and heart-rending documentary about the senseless carnage of war. Compassion
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press A hard-hitting documentary exposing the multi-leveled attack on the media by the rich and the powerful. Justice
The Little Hours A raunchy convent comedy loosely based on The Decameron, a 14th century classic Shadow
Okja A rollicking tale about animal rights, interspecies love, and corporate greed. Questing
The Reagan Show An expose of how politics became spectacle during the Reagan Presidency. Meaning
Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry A spiritually abundant documentary on the life and work of a humble rural seer. Meaning
Dean A touching dramedy about the different styles of grief. Meaning
Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami… A dynamic documentary about the visionary Vedic scholar who launched the Hare Krishna movement. Devotion
The Journey Story inspired by historical events that illustrates the process whereby enemies can become friends. Peace
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