THE GRIZZLIES – Review by Loren King

From the opening title sequence featuring vintage photos of the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic, The Grizzlies is rich in cultural specificity and in an atmosphere that’s both gritty and beautiful. The remote Canadian town is bleak and barren save for a few desolate shacks where kids with no futures commit suicide at alarming rates and where adults regularly pass out drunk on sagging sofas.

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THE WOMEN OF SUMMER – Review by Loren King

Suzanne Bauman’s 1985 documentary The Women of Summer is a revelation. The award-winning veteran director has crafted a lively, informative and important film about the landmark residential summer school program that brought hundreds of young working women, most toiling in the country’s textile mills, to the Bryn Mawr College campus from 1921 to 1938. This seminal documentary about women’s work in the labor movement is now readily available for audiences to experience

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RADIOACTIVE – Review by Loren King

The film adheres to enjoyably conventional depictions of Marie Curie’s rise as a gifted, obsessed scientist who suffers no fools and wins the Nobel Prize twice, but it shifts in time and tone to also examine the future outcomes that Curie’s groundbreaking discoveries of the elements radium and polonium wrought on the world, namely, the creation of the atomic bomb.

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WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS – Review by Loren King

Who wouldn’t want to be part of the Radical Monarchs, a much cooler version of the Girl Scouts with a focus on social justice and empowerment for young Black and Latina girls? Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s winning documentary We Are the Radical Monarchs is a compelling and moving introduction to this grassroots group.

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JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE – Review by Loren King

One couldn’t pick a more appropriate film for this moment in history than John Lewis: Good Trouble. The 80 year-old civil rights leader and US Congressman’s life has spanned the Jim Crow south to the halls of power. Dawn Porter’s documentary doesn’t do anything fancy and it doesn’t need to; Lewis’s personal story and the historical footage speak volumes.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by Loren King

Filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood brings human drama to the superhero characters of The Old Guard, staging many action and fight scenes with lightening-quick finesse while getting dynamic performances from her e cast. But the heart and soul of the movie is Charlize Theron, gleefully believable as a 6,000-year-old warrior who’s saddled with a ghost that will no doubt figure in the next installment of this franchise.

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KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL – Review by Loren King

Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl is director Amy Goldstein’s engrossing, entertaining gut punch of a behind-the-music documentary. Singer/songwriter Nash is the creative young woman at the center who struggles mightily against misogyny and exploration at every turn. For those not familiar with the British Nash, she became a pop star with a huge fan base of mostly young women after her 2007 smash hit Foundations.

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SPOTLIGHT May 2020: Karen Cooper, Film Curator, Programmer, Activist

Kudos to Karen Cooper for 50 years of fine film programming at Film Forum, the independent art cinema she founded and has grown, over the years, from a 50 seat venue in a walk up apartment on NYC’s Upper West Side to it’s current four-screen home on West Houston Street. Cooper has never sought the limelight for herself, yet her vision, commitment and activism have illuminated New York’s cinema scene for filmmakers and moviegoers for decades.

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