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A Brilliant Young Mind

For director Morgan Matthews’s first feature film, he drew upon a documentary he produced and directed about the selection and training of the British team for the 2006 International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO), titled Brilliant Young Minds (2007). Many of the young competitors had a form of autism, which that film linked to their mathematical ability. […]

Breathe

She’s your best friend. Your cruelest enemy. Sexier than you. Cooler. No one makes you feel as alive as she does. And no one knows better how to make you feel so small. She stole your boyfriend. Turned your girlfriends against you. But you’ll do anything to be around her. You love her. You hate […]

Dope

Written and Directed by Rick Famuyiwa Produced by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi Released by Open Road Films USA. 105 min. Rated R With Shameik Moore, Kimberly Elise, Chanel Iman, Diggy, Jib, Roger Guenveur Smith, Forest Whitaker, Blake Anderson, Quincy Brown, Zoë Kravitz, and ASAP Rocky This Sundance darling is being praised as fresh […]

Know How

Edited and Directed by Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza Produced by the Possibility Project USA. 106 min. Not rated With Joshua Elijah Adams, Deshawn Brown, Niquana Clark, Michael Kareem Dew, Gabrielle Garcia, Ainsley Henry, Gilbert Howard, Lee Jimenez, Claribelle Pagan, and Ebonee Simpson The Possibility Project, a New York nonprofit, brings teens together to write and […]

The Way He Looks

Written and Directed by Daniel Ribeiro Released by Strand Releasing Portuguese with English subtitles Brazil. 96 min. Not rated With Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim, and Isabela Guasco Stories of sexual awakening are abundant, but by creating a blind protagonist, writer/director Daniel Ribeiro has added a thought-provoking twist. Concerning desire, Ribeiro asks, in an […]

White Bird in a Blizzard

Written and Directed by Gregg Araki, based on the novel by Laura Kasischke Produced by Araki, Pascal Caucheteux, Sébastien K. Lemercier and Alix Madigan-Yorkin Released by Magnolia Pictures USA. 90 min. Rated R With Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, Dale Dickey, Mark Indelicato, Sheryl Lee and Angela Bassett […]

Evolution of a Criminal

Directed by Darius Clark Monroe USA. 83 min. Not rated We all make assumptions about what a movie based on the title. In this case, I assumed this documentary would be about how a person becomes a criminal after starting out as innocent. And while the film touches a bit on that, it also suggests […]

Waiting for August

Directed by Teodora Ana Mihai Released by CAVU Pictures Romanian with English subtitles Belgium/Romania. 88 min. Not rated As the documentary opens, it’s winter in Romania. In an apartment in a social housing complex in Bacau, Georgiana chops up chicken and potatoes while her younger siblings take turns talking on the phone with their mother. […]

Wetlands

Directed by David Wnendt Written by Claus Falkenberg and Wnendt, based on the novel by Charlotte Roche Produced by Peter Rommel Released by Strand Releasing German with English subtitles German. 109 min. Not rated With Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Meret Becker, and Axel Milberg The shock value of Wetlands far surpasses anything I’ve seen in […]