Hot Docs 2018 Review – CIRCLES

I was initially very mixed on the premise of Cassidy Friedman’s CIRCLES, which follows Eric Butler, an Oakland guidance counsellor who has to balance his work and the discipline of his son. While the documentary could have ventured into moving territory or resulting in a story that felt too closed in, thankfully Friedman manages his […]

SXSW 2018 Review: FAMILY

FAMILY is definitely a funny movie. A hysterical one, in fact! But that doesn’t even end up being the most memorable thing about this absurd but simultaneously heartwarming film. Here, we follow an obsessive business woman named Kate (Taylor Schilling) who takes on the responsibility of babysitting her niece, Maddie (Bryn Vale). However, theres an […]

SXSW 2018 Review: PASS OVER

It’s always exciting to see a new Spike Lee joint, but this one is unlike his others. With PASS OVER, Lee directs the filming and cinematic editing of the titular stage play by Antoinette Nwandu and performed at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. It follows two African-American homeless men trying to find a way out of their lives. […]

SXSW 2018 Review: Social Animals

The danger of social media is a concept that isn’t that new, and I had worries going into Social Animals considering the fact that it has kind of been pushed too hard recently. Although it has its flaws, for the most part, this documentary is successful in its attempt to teach us something new about […]