‘The Test & The Art Of Thinking’ Examines History of Standardized Testing

ap·ti·tude/ˈaptəˌt(y)o͞od/: a natural ability to do something; suitability or fitness. From filmmaker Michael Arlen Davis, “The Test & The Art of Thinking” questions the age-old practice of gauging student success and college admission through standardized testing. Long considered antiquated by educators, students and administrators, the SAT is pulled apart in this documentary that will either…… Continue reading ‘The Test & The Art Of Thinking’ Examines History of Standardized Testing

Bond of Brothers Tested In ‘Jungleland’

Charlie Hunnam and Jack O’Connell give understated performances as brothers in “Jungleland,” a new film from director Max Winkler. Stan (Hunnam) and Lion (O’Connell) are facing poverty, working at a sewing factory and squatting in empty homes. Lion’s skills as a bare-knuckle boxer are their only way out.  Stan ropes them into driving cross-country from…… Continue reading Bond of Brothers Tested In ‘Jungleland’

In Loud Year, Gripping Drama ‘Let Him Go’ Captures Lost Art of Quiet Strength

From writer-director Thomas Bezucha, “Let Him Go” is a gripping new family drama about a couple’s journey to save their grandson from abuse and hardship. Diane Lane and Kevin Costner reunite as an onscreen married couple in the stirring film from Focus Features, based on the 2013 novel by Larry Watson. They are not Superman’s…… Continue reading In Loud Year, Gripping Drama ‘Let Him Go’ Captures Lost Art of Quiet Strength

‘The Crown’ Sneak Peek: Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher Stars of Season 4

Season four of “The Crown” doesn’t hit Netflix until Nov. 15, but at an online event this week, new cast members Emma Corrin and Gillian Anderson discussed embodying iconic British women alongside Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth. Chief TV Critic Caroline Framke interviewed the actresses as part of Variety’s Power Of Women Conversations presented by Lifetime,…… Continue reading ‘The Crown’ Sneak Peek: Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher Stars of Season 4

Variety Power of Women Conversations To Highlight Female Change-Makers

In partnership with Lifetime, Variety is presenting two days of virtual discussions with female industry leaders in several creative fields. “Variety Power of Women Conversations” will be held online Oct. 28-29; registration is free but required for access. Additional sponsors include Providence St. Joseph’s Health, Cadillac and MGO CPA. A week ahead of Election Day,…… Continue reading Variety Power of Women Conversations To Highlight Female Change-Makers

Dark Comedy ‘Spontaneous’ Provides Rare Intelligence For Teen Genre

From writer-director Brian Duffield and based on the novel by Aaron Starmer, Spontaneous is the rare teen dramedy that comes along at the perfect time. Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer star as high school seniors whose classmates are dying in gruesome explosions for no apparent reasons. Though the filmmakers could not have foreseen opening during…… Continue reading Dark Comedy ‘Spontaneous’ Provides Rare Intelligence For Teen Genre

‘The Glorias’ Brings Humanity To The Face Of Feminism

From writer-director Julie Taymor, the ambitious new film The Glorias follows the life of iconic feminist Gloria Steinem. Based on Steinem’s writing, the film intertwines different eras of the subject’s life, connecting the dots that led her to becoming the public figure, activist and writer we know today.  Four actors play Gloria at various stages…… Continue reading ‘The Glorias’ Brings Humanity To The Face Of Feminism

‘H Is For Happiness’ A Hopeful Depiction Of Growing Up

From director John Sheedy, H is For Happiness is a delightfully lighthearted drama about finding the good in every situation. With a charming blend of realistic problems and whimsical preteen fantasy, the Australian film uses a child’s story to send a valuable message for viewers of all ages. Similarly to Bridge to Terabithia or Simon…… Continue reading ‘H Is For Happiness’ A Hopeful Depiction Of Growing Up

‘The Grizzlies’ A Timely, Inspiring Sports Drama

From excellent Emmy-winning writers Moira Walley-Beckett and Graham Yost comes The Grizzlies, a true sports story that is as heartbreaking as it is inspiring. Set in 2004 in the isolated Northern Canadian hamlet of Kugluktuk where suicide rates are the highest on the continent, a group of high school students learn the sport of lacrosse…… Continue reading ‘The Grizzlies’ A Timely, Inspiring Sports Drama