KIMI – Review by Susan Granger

Steven Soderbergh’s low-budget techno-thriller revolves around a next-generation virtual assistant, like Siri and Alexa, but named Kimi. Paranoid Angela Childs is a tech analyst, working remotely from her sprawling Seattle loft/apartment. Since she’s agoraphobic, she spends a great deal of time looking out of the window. So do her nosy neighbors Terry from across the street who makes periodic booty calls and creepy Kevin armed with binoculars

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LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE – Review by Martha K Baker

You can have your Marvel movies, your thrillers, and your animé, but every once in awhile, a dear little film about human connection matters even more. Love Is Love Is Love proves to be more than its parts. It nestles in with the basics — from the title’s love to grief, to humor, patience, and sisterhood.

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LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE – Review by Lois Alter Mark

The whole thing feels completely inauthentic and is full of platitudes but because the actors – who include Rita Wilson, Rosanna Arquette, Cybill Shepherd and Polly Draper – are so good, you just wish you could join them at the table to have a real conversation. At the very least, you wish writer/director Eleanor Coppola had written a better conversation for them to have.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 7, 2020: A SIMPLE WEDDING

If you were to blend My Big Fat Greek Wedding with The Big Sick — and add a dash of Crazy Rich Asians — you might end up with something close to A Simple Wedding, Sara Zandieh‘s entertaining romcom about a thirtysomething Iranian American woman who wants to find love on her own terms.

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SPOTLIGHT February 2020: Sara Zandieh, Filmmaker, A SIMPLE WEDDING

As Hollywood moves to course correct in wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Iranian-American director Sara Zandieh checks off a lot of requisite boxes, especially the one marked: TALENTED. After changing her career from journalism to writing and directing narrative films, each of her stepping stones has been a milestone.

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A SIMPLE WEDDING – Review by Leslie Combemale

Let’s be honest. There’s really no such thing as a simple wedding. Writer/director Sara Zandieh drives this home in her new rom-com A Simple Wedding, starring the gorgeous and hilarious Tara Grammy. I love seeing films by women that center on women coming from or representing other cultures. It brings me such joy to see an American comedy about an Iranian-American woman, with Iranian co-stars. Even better is having an intergenerational story with three Iranian women, especially when one is learning to balance both American and Iranian cultures in her own life. A Simple Wedding is a wonderful peek into one Iranian family’s experience choosing to live with varying degrees of assimilation while celebrating their own cultural traditions.

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