WHITE CROW – Review by Diane Carson

Tackling an iconic artist for a fictionalized biography would prove daunting under any circumstances. Choose Rudolf Nureyev, insist on casting a dancer who has not acted previously in film, shoot scenes in Russian, and the challenges are Herculean. Director/actor Ralph Fiennes embraces just such an incredibly difficult project in White Crow, the title taken from Nureyev’s nickname.

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THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM – Review by Janice Page

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you know two things: Contempt is alive and well in America. The planet, on the other hand, is dying. This should be reason enough for you to see “The Biggest Little Farm.” But writer-director-cinematographer John Chester isn’t taking any chances. Just in case you need to be sold on the theatrical entertainment value of a feature-length agri-activism documentary, he’s also packaged his film for mass-market appeal.

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BULL – Review by Loren King

Bull, the powerful, poetic debut feature from writer-director Annie Silverstein, is a portrait of an unlikely interracial and intergenerational friendship that develops between a 14 year-old Krystal, called Kris (Amber Havard), whose mother is in jail, and her middle-aged neighbor Abe Turner (Rob Morgan of Mudbound), a former star bull rider who now wrangles thrashing bulls at modest rodeos.

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM — Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

Halle Berry’s Feisty Sofia Enhances Chapter 3. The opening scene of Chapter 3 in New York City’s iconic Public library is pure fantasy and entertainment, as not only does Super Assassin John Wick kill a perpetrator with a book, he respectably takes the time to place the book exactly back in its rightful place on the bookshelf. By setting the tone early, we reconcile into a fictional world, this by no means diminishes the violence, although it’s easier to shrug off as non-realistic.

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HOMECOMING: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

If you don’t already understand why superstar singer-songwriter Beyoncé is damn near worshipped as a goddess, the new documentary Homecoming (streaming globally on Netflix) is here to show you why. Part concert film, part myth-in-the-making, this is a glorious pop spectacle that is both enormously entertaining and hugely important.

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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS – Review by Brandy McDonnell

A British stage director making her filmmaking debut, Roarke ensures that the production values are high, the twisty plot is clear and Alexandra Byrne’s costume designs are flawless. She brings over the theatrical tradition of casting without regard to color whenever possible, which allows talents like Lester and Gemma Chan (as one of Elizabeth’s confidantes) to get in on the costume drama.

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