BLOOD BROTHERS – Review by Martha K Baker

They were friends, these two men, friends and brothers by admiration and affection. But not for long. Director Marcus Clarke bases his fine double-bio-doc of Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali on Johnny Smith and Randy Roberts’ biography, Blood Brothers, and lifts it off the page. Blood Brothers, a compact filmic lesson in Black history, is shot through with compassion and insight.

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UNDERPLAYED – Review by Leslie Combemale

The comment “there’s just something about her I don’t like” written to Canadian DJ and producer Rezz is misogyny disguised as vague criticism. It’s something said over and over in reference to female politicians and female filmmakers, but the film Underplayed shows we can add female electronic musicians to the list of professionals similarly dissed or dismissed.

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LOVE FRAUD – Review by Martha K Baker

Imagine having your heart and wallet stolen by a charmer. Imagine marrying the man. Imagine discovering that, in addition to being a cad, he’s a bigamist and that you should have taken a number to marry this snake. Then — and you don’t have to imagine this — find the blog started by his other women. That’s what happens in Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s new documentary series.

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THE GOLDEN GIRL – Review by Sarah Ward

This is a movie with a fascinating, eventful, weighty and important story to relay, spanning not only the minutiae of what happened to Andreea Răducan, but the Olympics’ handling of the controversy, the ins and outs of gymnastics world in general and Romanian gymnastics specifically, the pressure put on young girls in the field and the move towards younger competitors.

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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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ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH – Review by Cate Marquis

While mass extinction and climate change are part of the discussion, they come up late in the documentary and are not the major focus. It is instead, the far-reaching impact humans have had on the whole planet, both physically and on other forms of life here. This is a fascinating, thoughtful documentary film, filled with stunning photography, that makes a powerful point of which we should all be aware.

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