SAUDI WOMEN’S DRIVING SCHOOL – Review by Leslie Combemale

director Erica Gornall’s new documentary Saudi Women’s Driving School examines the changes in the lives of women in Saudi Arabia resulting from a lift of the driving ban. As of June 24th, 2018, women could apply for licenses. Before that day, the country had been the only one in the world in which women were forbidden to drive motor vehicles.

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GIULIANI TIME – Retroview by Jennifer Merin

Actually, unless your head has been buried in sand for the past decades, you probably won’t find the information revealed in Kevin Keating’s 2005 documentary particularly surprising, but the film certainly provides a credible summation of news reports and pointed analysis of the legacy of New York City’s former mayor. And, it is particularly relevant at this moment in our American history.

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MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The story picks up when Jonas, an ornery, action-packed 11-year-old taking piano lessons, becomes enamored of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” He is determined to learn the piece even though his teacher warns him that it may be too difficult musically as well as emotionally for someone his age.

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CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

For the second year running, Oklahoma’s Mickey Reece – the so-called “Soderbergh of the Sticks” – has blasted audiences at Austin’s Fantastic Fest well and truly out of their seats with his extraordinary and wholly unique tales of the sophisticated emotional lives of older women and the people (family, lovers) who surround them.

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EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE – Review by Lesley Savage (Guest Post)

Overall, there’s not much a Breaking Bad fan won’t like here, even if it isn’t the most compelling story or brilliant film event of the year. At a minimum, it delivers the goods that the TV show did, and brings, if not a conclusion, then it at least fills in some interstitial frames for what happened to Jesse, or perhaps a certain Mr. Driscoll from Alaska.

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MARY – Review by Liz Whittemore

Mary brings sea-faring scares but might be a sinking ship. Genuinely frightening visual moments and a fantastically effective score by The Newton Brothers add to the atmosphere of terror. What I was missing is the clarification between the siren legend and missing children specifically. Sirens tend to temp sailors to their death, while adding in an entirely separate curse aspect into the story feels a bit muddled.

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#FemalePleasure – Review by Loren King

In this timely and powerful film, writer/director Barbara Miller gives us five of the most passionate and eloquent women you’ll ever meet who are doing the tough work of changing culturally entrenched, deadly attitudes and beliefs about women and girls. This is their story, but it is a global one that resonates in every corner of society.

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