BROADWAY RISING – Review by Liz Whittemore

Amy Rice’s documentary film Broadway Rising follows Broadway’s fight from shutdown to reopening with stories from cast members , crew, and the thousands of creatives who carry an entire industry on their shoulders. Broadway Rising pulls back the curtain on all the people who inspire storytelling in its most glorious form. We rely on the audience for equal care when they come to the theatre. If a theater asks you to wear a mask, please listen. As Lin-Manuel Miranda says in the film, “We are like Tinkerbell. We need applause to live.” The show must go on. Let us entertain you.

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LAST FLIGHT HOME – Review by Liz Whittemore

Director Ondi Timoner captures her father Eli Timoner’s final wish; to end his life on his terms. Eli spent his life as a hugely successful entrepreneur and creator of Air Florida until a stroke and subsequent accident paralyzed him, and the board pushed him into early retirement. After forty years of struggling and pain, Eli expresses his desire to die.

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SOFT & QUIET – Review by Liz Wittemore

Having a film run in real-time is already bold. In Soft & Quiet, that is the tip of the iceberg. Essentially, a group of Karens sharing their super-racist views embrace each other at their first official group meeting. When they decide to move the gathering to a more comfortable location, the women stop at a local store for refreshments, leading to an altercation between their group and two “other” women. Dissatisfied with the outcome of the verbal assault, the group takes the violence directly to their victim’s home.

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Ten Female Performances to Watch from NYFF 2022 – Liz Whittemore reports

I always begin my annual list with a caveat. My thoughts are based solely on the films I actually saw at the festival. I’ve heard the buzz surrounding Danielle Deadwyler’s performance in Till. It was unanimous among my fellow journalists that this was a star-making turn. I cannot wait to see it for myself. Until then, here are ten female performances that I cannot shake from the 17 films I saw.

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THE SILENT TWINS – Review by Liz Whittemore

The real-life story of twin sisters June and Jennifer Gibbons continuously confounds psychologists and curious onlookers alike. As young girls from Barbados whose father transferred to Wales for for work, they were the only Black family in their neighborhood. The girls experienced insurmountable isolation and bullying. As a result, they turned inward, refusing to speak to anyone other than each other. The Gibbons sisters’ enigmatic relationship wreaked havoc on their family, community, and each other. The Silent Twins creatively illustrates their experiences. Theirs is a story that baffles the world.

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HONK FOR JESUS. SAVE YOUR SOUL. – Review by Liz Whittemore

To overcome a scandal, a viral pastor and his wife hire an up-and-coming festival filmmaker to revamp their image with a cinema verité documentary. Their goal is to refill their megachurch with its previous 25000 parishioners. But, it quickly becomes evident that Lee-Curtis and Trinitie are out of touch with reality. Based on writer-director-producer Adamma Ebo’s short film of the same name, Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul. is gloriously biting satire to the nth degree.

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BREAKING – Review by Liz Whittemore

Director Abi Damaris Corbin brings to life the true story of Brian Brown-Easley. John Boyega plays the real-life ex-Marine who, in a last-ditch effort to get the money the VA owes him, threatens to blow up a Wells Fargo Bank with two female managers he’s holding hostage. Breaking is an intense thriller that keeps your heart in your throat from beginning to end. It is one of the most extraordinary stories of principle I’ve ever seen. The final minutes of the film will rattle your soul.

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Fantasia Film Festival: Born of Woman 2022 – Liz Whittemore reports

Nine unique films comprise one extraordinary viewing experience. Fantasia Film Fest’s annual Born Of Woman program features shorts created by an eclectic array of female filmmakers. Get ready to be astounded by 2022’s storytelling.

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GABBY GIFFORDS WON’T BACK DOWN – Review by Liz Whittemore

Julie Cohen and Betsy West have done it again. These two filmmakers shine a spotlight on extraordinary women in our history. Their latest film, Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down, is the film we need right now, right at this exact moment. Gabby Giffords is the feminist hero little girls and women idolize in history books. When life and circumstances feel overwhelming, we remember that if Gabby can do it, so can we.

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