THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY – Review by Martha K Baker

Really, it’s almost too much to take in. The overwhelming facts and figures presented in the documentary The Crime of the Century record the extent to which Big Pharma is responsible for the deaths of thousands. Writer/Director Alex Gibney has produced a searing exposé in cooperation with the Washington Post’s investigative reporters.

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HONESTY WEEKEND – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Honesty Weekend takes the reliable comedic recipe of tossing several couples together during a road trip or a vacation, a la The Four Seasons, The Big Chill, and Flirting with Disaster. Laughs and tough truths inevitably ensue. Here, writer-director Leslie Anne Thomas adds an intriguing layer: having one married couple in counseling swear to unflinching honesty.

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EMILY @ THE EDGE OF CHAOS – Review by Leslie Combemale

Emily Levine, the subject of the quirky 61 minute documentary-of-sorts called Emily @ the Edge of Chaos, was a philosopher, comedian and writer who became fascinated by physics after she was diagnosed with a tumor in her pituitary gland. The tumor had caused a crazy mix of symptoms that led her to question the meaning of reality. Her TED talks about the interconnectedness of everything and making friends with reality have been viewed millions of times. Knowing that background should make you curious to watch producer/director Wendy Apple’s documentary, following Emily’s heady trip through complicated subjects like Chaos Theory, Interactivity, and Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, but from the practical and often very funny perspective of one woman’s journey.

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NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN – Review by Marietta Steinhart (Guest Post)

There is a spellbinding sense of fairy tale realism to Małgorzata Szumowska’s latest, her first co-directed film with long-time cinematographer Michał Englert. Never Gonna Snow Again is loaded with social commentary – it’s wicked and quietly wonderful.

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LOS HERMANOS – Review by Kristen Page-Kirby

Los Hermanos is a documentary about music and musicians, not about politics and politicians. Musician brothers Ilmar and Aldo Lopez-Gavilan brothers are charismatic, warm subjects, and it’s a joy to get to know them and learn about their unusual circumstances—with Ilmar playing the violin on the international stage while pianist Aldo’s career was based in Cuba , the country of their birth.

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RUSTIC ORACLE – Review by Carol Cling

It’s bad enough not knowing. Even worse than not knowing, however, is not understanding. That’s the haunting lesson learned by the young protagonist of the Canadian drama Rustic Oracle. The movie dramatizes a chilling statistic: Indigenous women represent 4 percent of Canada’s population, but make up a quarter of the country’s missing and murdered cases. (And at least half of all sex-trafficking victims.)

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PERCY V. GOLIATH – Review by Martha K Baker

Percy v. Goliath may not be the finest film every produced, but it is of interest. Clark Johnson’s truth-based drama is about Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser’s legal battle against Monsanto regarding patented seeds. It also gives Christopher Walken a chance to portray a real man, a farmer, rather than another caricature.

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DARK HORSE – Retroview by Jennifer Merin

Dark Horse, filmmaker Louise Osmond’s inspiring documentary, is all about triumph and its transience, and the will to pick up the pieces and carry on. Set in a small town in Wales that fell into deep depression and near poverty status when its coal mines tanked, Dark Horse is the cinematic telling of the true tale of Janet Vokes, a local barmaid who decided she’d like to raise and race a thoroughbred. Just like that.

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