RESISTANCE – Review by Carol Cling

Resistance recounts an undeniably fascinating, fact-based WWII story involving, among others, a young man who would become world famous — and another who became forever infamous. It’s a tale well worth telling — and remembering. Sometimes because of, and sometimes despite, the way it’s told.

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SAINT FRANCES – Review by Carol Cling

Growing up is hard to do. Especially when you’re 34 years old and everybody — including you — thinks you should have done it long ago. That’s the central premise of the quietly droll, slyly observant Saint Frances, which captured two prizes at last year’s SXSW Film Festival: an Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Voice.

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WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE – Review by Carol Cling

One question sparks multiple stories, and even more questions — but precious few answers — in What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? This award-winning documentary from Italian-born Roberto Minervini focuses on a variety of African-Americans, primarily in New Orleans, attempting to deal with the gnawing, inescapable knowledge that racism is not only alive but thriving in Trump-era America.

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CORPUS CHRISTI – Review by Carol Cling

Corpus Christi explores questions of faith, repentance and redemption, establishing a moral ambiguity that creates undeniable dramatic tension. In this Oscar-nominated film, Polish director Jan Komasa and screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz ably contrast the protagonist’s two worlds — violent detention center vs. deceptively placid town — and, by extension, the duality of soulful-eyed character.

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