BABYTEETH -Review by Lois Alter Mark

Milla is dying, and she’s determined to experience love – in all its messiness – before she leaves this earth. She knows her first love will also be her last, and she accepts that. In the meantime, though, she wants to live – really live – and Moses takes her out of her middle class suburban comfort zone both literally and figuratively.

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EATING UP EASTER – Review by Lois Alter Mark

The pandemic is the perfect time to watch Eating Up Easter – especially if you’re an avid traveler. Not only does this documentary about Rapa Nui (known to most of the world as Easter Island) cinematically transport you to the mysterious island and make you want to plan a trip to see the ancient statues for yourself but, more importantly, it makes you re-examine that desire and start to understand the devastating environmental impact of tourism.

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BOTERO – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Botero – or, more appropriately, BOTERO, in homage to the artist’s scale – is a love letter to Fernando Botero, oft referred to as “the guy who paints fat ladies.” His bold, larger-than-life style is immediately recognizable and has given him the distinction of being the living artist with the most museum exhibits, most books published about him, greatest international appeal and largest number of people visiting his exhibits.

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THE HIGH NOTE – Review by Lois Alter Mark

After seeing the trailer for the dozenth time, I admit I didn’t have high hopes for The High Note, which looked like generic rom-com-ish fluff. But, thanks to solid performances by Tracee Ellis Ross, Dakota Johnson, Kelvin Harrison, Jr. and Ice Cube, the movie rises above its genre to become truly compelling.

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SNAELAND – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Snaeland literally means snow land, and the word is historically and poetically used to refer to Iceland, the gorgeous setting of writer/director Lise Raven’s latest film. It would be satisfying to spend 75 minutes getting lost in the film’s stunning cinematography but this is not a National Geographic special, and its unique noir-inspired story will give you a lot to think about.

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HUMAN NATURE – Review by Lois Alter Mark

I don’t want to call Human Nature a science documentary because you’ll probably go running for the hills, already bored and starting to snore. So let me describe it instead as a true story about amazing people who are turning science fiction into science fact, people who have figured out how to “change the fundamental chemical nature of who we are.”

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OVID AND THE ART OF LOVE – Review by Lois Alter Mark

The idea of the movie is a really good one, but Ovid and the Art of Love feels like a high school play some creative students came up with to complete an assignment for history class. It’s well-intentioned but amateurish and the kind of production that’s enjoyed (or at least endured) only by the parents of those involved.

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TAMMY’S ALWAYS DYING – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Tammy’s Always Dying deals with so many powerful and important issues, especially the idea of kids having to parent their bad parents. In trying to be a dark comedy, though, the movie just falls flat – it’s not funny enough to be a comedy and it doesn’t take its subject matter seriously enough to be taken seriously itself.

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