THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF JHANSI – Review by Carol Cling

Eat your heart out, Gunga Din. You and all the other Indian characters of the Hollywood raj had to stand by while Cary Grant, Gary Cooper and Tyrone Power led the charge in such adventure tales as Gunga Din, Lives of a Bengal Lancer and King of the Khyber Rifles. But now, along comes The Warrior Queen of Jhansi to shift the focus from a British to an Indian perspective.

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MICKEY AND THE BEAR – Review by Carol Cling

There are times when this coming-of-age drama — about an often-overwhelmed teen struggling to deal with her father, a troubled Iraq War veteran — plays like an inadvertent variation on 2018’s powerful Leave No Trace. Yet this feature debut from writer-director Annabelle Attanasio, fresh from the festival circuit, overcomes a somewhat derivative storyline to forge its own strong identity.

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A FISH IN THE BATHTUB – Review by Carol Cling

“A little gift from me to me.” That’s how A Fish in the Bathtub’s Sam Kaplan describes the title creature.
It also serves as an apt characterization of the movie itself, a long-delayed gift from gifted filmmaker Joan Micklin Silver. A Fish in the Bathtub debuted before the turn of the millennium. The 20th-anniversary restoration deftly illustrates Silver’s timeless talents — and time’s inevitable toll.

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MAKING WAVES : THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND – Review by Carol Cling

If you consider film to be a strictly visual medium, you don’t know the half of it. At least not until you see Making Waves. Subtitled The Art of Cinematic Sound, this movie buff’s dream of a documentary develops a compelling exploration — and celebration — of sound on screen.

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MISS VIRGINIA – Review by Carol Cling

Just because a movie’s based on a true story doesn’t mean it’s entirely truthful. That’s certainly true of Miss Virginia, a fact-based drama about a single mother who turns community activist to save her son — and, by extension, other sons and daughters — from the mean streets of turn-of-the-millennium Washington, D.C.

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