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The LEGO Batman Movie

Andy Singleterry
The LEGO Batman Movie
The Lego Batman Movie is not without meaning. Batman demands to work alone, resisting every possibility of friendship and family.

Step

Elijah Davidson
Step
Step is inspiring because it shows one of America’s core myths in action - if you work hard and get a good education, you can rise from the station you were born in to a higher station.

Person to Person

Elijah Davidson
Person to Person
Person to Person is casual but not lazy, sentimental but not sappy. Even with its assumed 1970s look and feel, it feels genuine.

Chasing Coral

Elijah Davidson
Chasing Coral
Chasing Coral is compelling. It makes you want to do whatever you can to steward this planet better, as God called us to do.

The Hero

Elijah Davidson
The Hero
This isn’t a desperate film. It is comfortable resolving story threads in ways they would resolve in real life. Just when you think the movie is going to take a wrong step and veer into a most banal territory, The Hero shifts back into the wisdom that makes it an exceptional film.

Gook

Elijah Davidson
Gook
Sundance’s Next category is for emerging talents and under-represented voices. There is enough clever filmmaking here for me to hope Gook grants Chon more opportunities to share his unique perspective.

Whose Streets?

Elijah Davidson
Whose Streets?
Whose Streets? focuses solely on the point of view of the protestors and activists in Ferguson. The film isn’t balanced. But it doesn’t need to be. The other side of the conflict has uncontested access to the media.

Crown Heights

Elijah Davidson
Crown Heights
Crown Heights is certainly timely, as it focused on the ways the system is bent against Black men like Warner. It’s infuriating to watch injustice be done to Warner time and time again.

The New Radicals

Elijah Davidson
The New Radicals
The New Radicals suggests that we have much reason to be concerned about the direction our world is heading. Maybe the film is right. After all, the idea of printable guns is rather scary when you remember that public libraries are installing 3D printers in some US cities.

Burning Sands

Elijah Davidson
Burning Sands
Maybe Burning Sands is so true to the culture of its setting, a culture I am foreign too, I was unable to understand everything that was going on in this movie.
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