MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 10, 2018: SKATE KITCHEN

motw logo 1-35That Crystal Moselle’s Skate Kitchen often feels more like a documentary than a scripted drama is no surprise, given Moselle’s experience as a documaker and her cast of real-life NYC skateboarders playing fictionalized versions of themselves. The film delivers its story about female friendship with verve and authenticity.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 3, 1018: NIGHT COMES ON

motw logo 1-35Brilliantly authentic performances and a poignant, timely story, make Jordana Spiro’s superb debut feature a powerful drama about pain, regret, purpose, and sisterhood. It is the coming of age of a young Black woman named Angel (Dominique Fishback) whose once happy childhood fell victim to drugs and violence, leaving her angry and alone.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 27, 2018: PUZZLE

motw logo 1-35Quiet but quite compelling, Puzzle pieces together the affecting story of a midlife suburban wife and mother (played by the brilliant Kelly Macdonald) whose innate talent for jigsaw puzzling pushes her beyond the borders of her humdrum domestic routine into an adventure of self-discovery.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 20, 2018: 93Queen

motw logo 1-35Paula Eiselt’s documentary follows Rachel ‘Ruchie’ Freier, an Orthodox Jewish wife, mother and lawyer, as she launches an all-female ambulance corps to serve women of NY’s Hasidic community in Brooklyn. The result is a compelling glimpse inside an insular community and a fascinating portrait of a determined feminist.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 13, 2018: DARK MONEY

motw logo 1-35If you’re already feeling cynical about the current state of our country, fair warning: Dark Money isn’t going to lighten your mental load. Kimberly Reed’s intelligent documentary is an important, timely expose of the dangers that shady funding of political campaigns poses to the democratic ideals that many Americans hold dear.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 6, 2018: DARK RIVER

motw logo 1-30In Clio Barnard’s gripping drama about incest, Ruth Wilson plays an itinerant shepherd who returns to her family’s Yorkshire farm after her father’s death. Challenging her brother’s control of the place, she grapples with haunting memories of childhood abuse. Barnard’s raw, authentic style and Wilson’s spare, understated performance are devastating.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 29, 2018: LEAVE NO TRACE

motw logo 1-35Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace is a gripping drama about a teenage girl living with her dissident father in survivalist mode in the woods, shunning society until authorities force them to enter the mainstream and conform. Granik’s subtle style creates an environment of fear, without relying on violence or dystopian elements.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 22, 2018: WOMAN WALKS AHEAD

motw logo 1-35In Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead, 19th century artist Catherine Weldon defies convention and the U.S. government to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull and learn about the Lakota nation. Jessica Chastain delivers an excellent performance as Weldon, who ultimately found more than artistic inspiration on the open prairies. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 15, 2018: WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST

motw logo 1-35Some iconic personalities are so much larger than life that it’s easy to forget they’re real people — which makes getting to know the person behind the personality fascinating. Such is the promise, and payoff, of Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, Lorna Tucker’s insightful documentary about English fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 8, 2018: NANCY

motw logo 1-35Fragile, unpredictable, and melancholy, the tone of Christina Choe’s debut feature Nancy is a lot like its main character, a lonely, very sad woman who desperately needs meaning in her life. Played perfectly by Andrea Riseborough, Nancy is complex, captivating, ambiguous and often hard to root for, but you can’t help getting caught up in her search for purpose and connection. Continue reading…

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