WINE CRUSH (VAS-Y COUPE!) – Review by Carol Cling

In vino veritas — in wine, there is truth — has been a common Latin proverb for at least a millennium. (Just ask Pliny the Elder.) But Wine Crush expands the proverb to in vino verite, thanks to its cinema verite exploration of harvest season in France’s Champagne region. Wine Crush provides a detailed deep dive into the winemaking process.

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A CALL TO SPY – Review by Carol Cling

It may sound strange today, but there once was a time when being anti-fascist was something all Americans could support.(Except, of course, for the Nazi sympathizers.) If you long for those thrilling days of yesteryear, A Call to Spy has you covered. This fact-based World War II espionage drama focuses on not one or two but three intrepid participants in a fledgling British spy service that recruited women for a “club unlike any other,” on the theory that women agents would be more inconspicuous than men.

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RESISTERHOOD – Review by Carol Cling

I haven’t played — or even thought about — anagrams for decades. Until Resisterhood’s title reminded me that “sister” and “resist” share the same letters. But the subject matter of this new documentary is no game. It’s a call to action for those opposed to, and hoping to end, Donald Trump’s presidency in 2020 — even as the truths we’ve always held to be self-evident seem more vulnerable by the day..

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DESERT ONE – Review by Carol Cling

Those who’ve seen 2012’s Best Picture Oscar-winner Argo know the happy Hollywood-ending story of six American hostages who escaped the U.S. embassy to take refuge with Canadian diplomats until they were smuggled out of Tehran. Desert One, by contrast, recounts the ill-fated mission to rescue the 52 remaining hostages from the captured U.S. embassy.

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I USED TO GO HERE – Review by Carol Cling

Contrary to conventional wisdom, you can go home again. But you might not feel at home when you get there. That’s the premise — and, ultimately, the point — of I Used to Go Here, writer-director Kris Rey’s genial, generally insightful character study of a flailing writer whose return to her small-town alma mater provides a temporary escape from her collapsing life.

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