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The Fits

The Fits is the narrative film debut of Anna Rose Holmer.  The Fits was a darling of the film festival circuit last year, and  I had actually heard about the film on NPR (natch) about a year ago.  I was intrigued, but I definitely wasn’t prepared for what I saw.  The Fits centers on Toni […]

Tickled (2016)

When one hears that there is such a thing as “Competitive Professional Tickling” it’s hard to believe that the story behind it could be more disturbing and strange than the subject.  But here we are with Tickled, a documentary by New Zealanders David Farrier and his friend Dylan Reeve.  Farrier, a popular pop culture journalist […]

Moonlight (2016)

There are few films that hit you between the eyes and are engrossing from start to finish, but it’s an even more special when it’s an independent film on a shoe string budget that packs such a wallop.  Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins and based on MacArthur Fellow (and co-screenwriter) Tarell Alvin McCraney’s autobiographical play […]

Jackie (2016)

A film like Pablo Larrain’s Jackie has a few obstacles from the beginning: Films that depict true events are often criticized for getting the facts straight, taking too much license (or not enough) and people tend to focus on how authentic the actors portray their real-life counterparts.  In Jackie’s case, Larrain’s decision to both embrace […]