Tales of mystery and suspense are often a search for truth. But what if you aren’t sure that truth is even knowable? Is memory a way into the truth or is it so flawed that it clouds the truth?
For the most part, though, this is a film that tries to understand Ted Kennedy through these events. It is neither a complimentary picture nor a character assassination. Rather he comes across as someone who wants to do the right thing, but he isn’t quite sure how to do what everyone wants from him.
The dynamic of change and lack of change is explored in the family drama Back to Burgundy. It is the story of the reunion of three siblings on their family’s vineyard. There is much that is the same as it has always been, but also much that changes day by day.
On the surface, this looks like a date night movie for the Leisure World set. But the wisdom the film imparts can be absorbed by people of any age.
Written and directed by Brian Cavallaro, Against the Night tells the story of nine friends who decide to sneak into an abandoned prison to film their own ‘ghost-hunting’ video. As members of their team begin to disappear, they quickly begin to fear that they may not be alone. Filmed in Philadelphia, Cavallaro believed that the… [Read More]
Are you ready? In the year 2045, much of Earth’s population centers have become slum-like cities due to overpopulation, pollution, corruption, and climate change. To escape their desolation, people engage in the virtual reality world of the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation), where they can engage in numerous activities for work, education, and entertainment…. [Read More]
Directed by Ava Duvernay and based on the book by Madeline L’Engle, A WRINKLE IN TIME has a powerful message for young girls about courage and how to make a difference. Still, for some reason, the film has yet to catch on with critics. This week, Steve welcomes Amanda Jane Smith (BRICKS WITHOUT CLAY) and… [Read More]
“And yet she persisted” is a political statement in the US. It speaks to women seeking a voice to speak to power. But a woman’s persistence takes on a much deeper importance in the Tunisian film Beauty and the Dogs.
Barbara (Madison Wolfe) is a delightfully nuanced young woman who wrestles with a Dungeons & Dragons … that no one else can see. In I Kill Giants, a film adapted by Joe Kelly from his own comic book (co-authored with Ken Niimura), Barbara fights against giants that she alone can see, while tangling with ‘typical’ middle school… [Read More]
One of the points that Vanier makes in the film is that “L’Arche is not a utopia, but a hope.” It is that sense of hope in the community of people who care for and about one another that is the real value of the film.