Reviews

The Report

Elijah Davidson
The Report
The Report is thoroughly engrossing. It’s the kind of movie that makes you forget where you are for a couple of hours. It’s intelligent but clear, and it resists grandstanding.

Big Time Adolescence

Elijah Davidson
Big Time Adolescence
Many of us have people like Zeke in our lives, well-meaning friends who do not have their lives together and whom we should no follow the example of. And yet they love us, and we love them

Fighting With My Family

Elijah Davidson
Fighting With My Family
The family that fights together, stays together in Fighting With My Family.

Before You Know It

Elijah Davidson
Before You Know It
When Before You Know It begins, you think it’s going to be just another riff on a formula made famous by Woody Allen – clever New Yorkers working in the arts and academia work out their relational issues via hijinks and therapy sessions. And yeah, that’s there.

Them That Follow and Sister Aimee

Elijah Davidson
Them That Follow and Sister Aimee
There is likely a complex, nuanced tale to be told about both these communities of faith, but it might be better done in documentary form. It’s too easy to use niche forms of faith as “otherness” to give relatively rote stories new appeal. Again, I quite liked Them That Follow. I’d recommend it for what it is but not for what I wish it could be.

Judy & Punch

Elijah Davidson
Judy & Punch
\Judy & Punch is just a terrific film. The acting is top notch. Subtle when that’s what’s needed and over-the-moon big when that’s better as well. Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herrimon in the titular roles really sell this. Writer/director Mirrah Foulkes shuffles tone like a master magician shuffling a deck of cards.

Divine Love

Elijah Davidson
Divine Love
Divine Love begins in an unexpected place—a rave—to deliberately stretch your expectation of what devout Christian religiosity looks like. Then it goes even more unexpected places. Given that this is a kind of gentle, speculative science-fiction film, Divine Love isn’t necessarily saying that faithful faith should look like this. It’s asking, could it?

If Beale Street Could Talk

Elijah Davidson
If Beale Street Could Talk
There is a lot of Love in If Beale Street Could Talk, so much beautiful Love it makes your belly ache.

Surviving R. Kelly

Justin Wells
Surviving R. Kelly
We need to watch this, because we need to know about the psychological components of domestic violence. We need to know about the patterns of abuse. We need to know about the difficulties victims face when they speak up.

They Shall Not Grow Old

Justin Wells
They Shall Not Grow Old
Perhaps the lesson here is that these men and women, this war, and the terror surrounding those fateful four years a century ago are no different from us, from our own time, and from the potential tragedies out current generation faces.
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