Categories
Features

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 […]

Categories
Features

‘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 […]

Categories
Features

A Family Contemplates Dying With Dignity In ‘Blackbird’

Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill and Kate Winslet star in the moving family drama about the end of a life.

Categories
Features

‘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 […]

Categories
Features

‘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 […]

Categories
Features

Teenage Limbo A Fitting Theme For Pandemic Era In ‘Chemical Hearts’

Austin Abrams and Lili Reinhart play conflicted co-editors of a high school newspaper in the new teen drama.

Categories
Features

Gillian Jacobs Goes Back To College In Universal Indie ‘I Used To Go Here’

Gillian Jacobs stars in Kris Rey’s I Used To Go Here, in select theaters and On Demand this Friday. Previously dubbed Alma Mater, the film follows newly-published author Kate back to her college campus to promote her novel and meet with young aspiring writers.  Kate is still young herself, in her mid 30s, but facing […]

Categories
Features

Timely ‘The Secret: Dare To Dream’ Finds The Meaning In Hardship

Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas star in The Secret: Dare to Dream, an uplifting new drama based on the wildly popular 2006 book. Adapted by This Is Us staff writer Bekah Brunstetter, the film shares the same values, ideals and themes of the NBC series: that our lives are somehow mysteriously linked, and our joy […]

Categories
Features

Jenny Slate Is On An Artist’s Journey In ‘The Sunlit Night’

A New York painter travels to Arctic Norway in the sweet and strange new dramedy adapted from the novel of the same name.

Categories
Features

Dukakis Celebrates Life, Acting In ‘Olympia’

Olympia opens with the titular actress unveiling her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, immortalized in concrete at the age of 82. Director Harry Mavromichalis further cements the personality and legacy of Academy Award-winning actor Olympia Dukakis in his new documentary, in virtual cinemas July 10. Most known for her Oscar turn in Moonstruck […]