CRIP CAMP – Review by Susan Granger

In 1971, when theatrical/film sound designer Jim LeBrecht was 15, he spent an extraordinary summer at an experimental camp for disabled kids. After sharing his memories with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham, they decided to make a movie. Of course, they had no idea that final funding would come from Higher Ground, the production company run by Barack and Michelle Obama.

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ONWARD – Review by Susan Granger

Seeking to revive enchantment, this new, animated Disney fantasy is set in suburban New Mushroomton, populated by mythical creatures: scavenging unicorns, punky motorcycle-riding pixies and pointy-eared elves – like angst-riddled Ian Lightfoot, who yearns for a connection with his father who died of cancer before he was born.

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CLEMENCY – Review by Susan Granger

Stoic prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) is psychologically and emotionally exhausted after years of overseeing death-row executions. Woodard delivers a masterfully restrained performance, but the film is excruciating to watch. The point is how enforcing the death penalty not only dehumanizes the condemned but also takes a spiritual toll on those who carry out the execution.

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