Film Reviews

Mantra: Sounds into Silence An edifying and inspirational documentary about the global phenomenon of kirtan music. Devotion
The Peacemaker Fascinating documentary on a Don Quixote peacemaker trying to bring healing to a war-torn world. Peace
West of the Jordan River An Israeli director's look at the devastating fallout from the 50-year occupation of Palestine. Peace
In This Corner of the World A Japanese anime film about a young woman's daily life in a town near Hiroshima during World War II. Peace
A Better Man A documentary in which a couple with a history of domestic violence try to heal the wounds. Meaning
Coco A wonderful animated feature set around the Day of the Dead in Mexico. Questing
Mudbound A tale of two families that reveals the malevolent growth of racism in the United States. Love
Murder on the Orient Express A detective story that questions easy distinctions between right and wrong. Questing
Thelma Mesmerizing drama about a female college student struggling with sexual repression and wounds afflicted on her soul. Love
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold A portrait of essayist Joan Didion and her self-respect. Imagination
Lucky The poignant story of the spiritual journey of a nonagenarian facing changes in his daily life. Questing
11/8/16 Thought-provoking documentary by 18 directors on the drama, the varied political talk of citizens, and the surprises of Election Day 2016. Meaning
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) A hard-hitting dramedy about the emotional fireworks set off by anger. Shadow
Motherland An eye-opening documentary about the plight of poor women giving birth in the busiest maternity ward in the world. Nurturing
Jane A soul-stirring cinematic tribute to Jane Goodall and her reverence for chimpanzees. Reverence
The Great Day Documentary about four children who test their bodies, minds, and spirits in pursuit of their dreams. Nurturing
Monogamish A documentary about the quest for love in monogamy and other options. Love
Neither Wolf Nor Dog A road movie featuring conversations with an Lakota elder on the tragedies experienced by his people and the lessons of his life. Questing
Take My Nose... Please! A wide-ranging purview of plastic surgery, conveyed through the stories of the many female comedians who have tried it. Transformation
I Am Another You Documentary about a young man whose quest for freedom masks major mental problems. Questing
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