THE CLIMB – Review by Susan Granger

Scheduled for theatrical release last year, The Climb is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital – which is probably where this dark-toned comedic chronicle of male friendship belongs. Adapted into a full-length feature by Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin from their 2018 Sundance-selected short, it awkwardly follows two bickering buddies – played by themselves – through vignettes, each set in a different time and place, chronicling their uphill battle to maintain a viable, if dysfunctional relationship.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 15, 2020: SOUTH MOUNTAIN

Marriage, like life, is a complicated beast — and there often aren’t clear-cut answers and easy resolutions when things get messy. That compelling theme is the dynamic at the heart of Hilary Brougher’s intimate, poignant drama South Mountain, which follows Lila (Talia Balsam) over the course of a summer as her marriage crumbles and the world she knows shifts into new and discomforting directions.

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SOUTH MOUNTAIN – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Hillary Brougher’s South Mountain presents a portrait of a family that is teetering on the brink of dissolution amid the scenic splendor of the Catskill Mountains. In the end, Lila, the family matriarch, seems to be somewhat at peace even if she has picked up the habit of smoking. As Gloria Gaynor might say, she will survive.

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SOUTH MOUNTAIN – Review by Liz Whittemore

South Mountain is about intimacy and human connection. The need to feel, something, anything, is uncontrollable. The audience experiences volatility through the screen.  A line in the script pinpoints the overall feeling: “Where there is love, there’s a potential for violence.” The viewer is waiting for the pot to boil over at any moment.

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