CUTIES – Review by Lynnette Nicholas

Writer-director Maimouna Doucoure’s Cuties candidly and successfully depicts the intersection of budding adolescence, religion, binding generational beliefs, and the courage that it takes to break free from oppressive ideologies that no longer serve the mental and emotional health of women and young girls.

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INVISIBLE LIFE – Review by Martha K Baker

Best not confuse Terrence Malik’s stunning study of a conscientious objector with Karim Aïnouz’ study of two sisters. Mallik’s film is entitled A Hidden Life and Aïnouz’ is Invisible Life. Both detail life in the shadows, but the South American film wrenches in a different way, the way of sorority.

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LES MISERABLES – Review by Diane Carson

French cinema has produced gripping police procedurals. To that group must now be added writer/director Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables, set in the embattled Parisian banlieue (district) Les Bosquets where Victor Hugo located important scenes in his famous 1862 eponymous novel. Les Misérables won the Jury Award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and is France’s submission for this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar.

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I LOST MY BODY – Review by Diane Carson

Into the increasingly diverse and strange world of animation comes the Academy Award nominated feature I Lost My Body. Faithful to the title, a severed hand, the central character, if you will, flees a Parisian laboratory, fighting to extract itself from a medical facility’s refrigerator, to find its missing body. Yes, that’s correct, in this unique nightmarish tale.

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THE GENTLEMEN – Review by Martha K Baker

Mickey Pearson is the lord of weed. He has marijuana farms under huts, literally underground, and in his farms, he nurtures Mary Jane. But he wants out. Plenty of people line up to buy the farm–in more ways than one. Despite the title, there’s not a gentleman in sight, not so’s you’d know — there are more zeroes than heroes.

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MICKEY AND THE BEAR – Review by Diane Carson

The teenage years of high school pose ample challenges for just about anyone anywhere. For eighteen-year-old high school senior Mickey Peck, in small town Anaconda, Montana, life is immeasurably complicated by her widowed father Hank, a possessive Iraq Marine vet with PTSD. Caught in emotional warfare, she struggles to fight her way out of a dead-end situation.

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