DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME – Review by Martha K Baker

David Crosby appeared as but one of the interviewees in the recent rock doc, Echo in Laurel Canyon. In this documentary, David Crosby: Remember My Name, he is front and center. Despite his current solo career, David Crosby will always be sharing the spotlight with Nash and Stills and Young and with The Byrds.

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THE KITCHEN – Review by Martha K Baker

Director Andrea Berloff does not hesitate to let the blood run, the bullets burst, or the plot twist. She wrote the script with Ming Doyle and Ollie Masters from the comic book series. Be warned: f bombs detonate with c and t bombs throughout. The Kitchen is not a fine film, but it has its deadly serious skirmishes between the sexes and the immigrant populations in New York City.

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THE NIGHTINGALE – Review by Martha K Baker

If The Nightingale were just about that specific time and place in history, it would signify. But it is also about timeless issues of race. class and gender. It is about a man who must humiliate himself before his superiors and, in turn, treats those beneath him like night soil. Laden with symbolism, this grim fairy tale is set in dark, deep woods, where death lurks around every moss bank.

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BRIAN BANKS – Review by Martha K Baker

By telling the story of one innocent man exonerated, this biopic educates film-goers about the daunting and rewarding work of the California Innocence Project and its sisters across the country. em>Brian Banks satisfies viewers’ needs to know about quiet heroes, in and out of the juvenile court, on and off the football field.

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THE FAREWELL – Review by Martha K Baker

The story is based, not on a true story, but on a true lie. Billi, a woman of Chinese extraction lives in America, but part of her heart remains with her grandmother, her Nai Nai, in China. When she learns that Nai Nai has been diagnosed with cancer and, further, that the family is gathering for a wedding as a ruse to say good-bye to the matriarch, she stubbornly insists on joining.

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THEM THAT FOLLOW – Review by Martha K Baker

The “them” in the title refers to the fundamentalists who believe that handling snakes will prove their faith to their judgmental godforce. In a sect deep in the woods of Appalachia, a preacher guides his daughter Mara, meaning “bitter,” toward heaven, or his definition of heaven, not hers.

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MARIANNE AND LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE – Review by Martha K. Baker

Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love pokes into an affair of the heart. Loving Leonard Cohen means accepting him. This documentary does not gloss over the aspects of the poet’s life that are unsavory — drugs, acid, womanizing. It presents his depressions and digressions, his depths and heights. It does not make an idol of him.

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THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING – Review by Martha K. Baker

This remarkable investigative documentary film explains why movies — national and international — are rarely directed by women, why women rarely star or are writers or even costumers. Why they have trouble with funding, distributing, and reviewing. Data back these statements. For example, of the Top 100 films of 2018, 85% were written by males. The top-grossing films of 2017 showed men with twice as much screen time as women had.

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