Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Mucho Mucho Amor (Sundance 2020)

“Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” is the spiritually healing and fascinating documentary on famed Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado. Directed by Cristina Constantini and Kareem Tabsch, the Netflix film follows Mercado’s life, a wanderer of life, astrology and joy, who appeared in…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: The Dissident (Sundance 2020)

“The Dissident,” Bryan Fogel’s follow up to his Oscar-winning documentary, “Icarus,” is a gripping and condemning account circling the murder of Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. On its surface, the film is a detailed report on the politically fueled narrative surrounding the ordered killing of…

Drama, Film Reviews, Romance, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Sylvie’s Love (Sundance 2020)

The ingredients of Sylvie’s Love are unbelievably promising: – the late 50s/early 60s New York setting, the sumptuous production and costume design, jazz music combined with a stunning orchestral score, Tessa Thompson, romance – all of this is pretty much tailor-made to appeal directly to…

Drama, Fantasy, Film Reviews, Foreign, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Jumbo (Sundance 2020)

Definitely one of the ‘buzzy’ films of Sundance 2020 before the festival even started, simply from having such a crazy-sounding concept – Jumbo ends up being much more than it’s ridiculous-sounding premise. This is largely down to the central performance by Noemie Merlant – fresh…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Welcome to Chechnya (Sundance 2020)

Trigger Warning: Description of anti-gay violence as documented within the reviewed film. David France, a journalist-turned-documentarian, puts a lens on another human rights issue in “Welcome to Chechnya,” one of this year’s Sundance Film Festival’s most searing and urgent documentaries. Albeit a cheerful title, this…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Luxor (Sundance 2020)

Zeina Durra returns to Sundance after a ten year absence with her second feature film Luxor. Centred around a typically hypnotic performance from Andrea Riseborough, the film follows Hana, who is fresh from her work as a doctor on the Jordan/Syria border, finding respite in…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Beast Beast (Sundance 2020)

Danny Madden’s “Beast Beast” is a striking, smart narrative film with guts to say something bold in the age of the internet. It stars Shirley Chen in a full length feature, derived from Madden’s 2018 SXSW-premiering short, “Krista” in which she stars as the titular…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Wander Darkly (Sundance 2020)

Tara Miele’s “Wander Darkly” sprinkles artful turbulence into an already ailing romance between Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna), a couple on the brink of collapse after a child and new home. The things that would normally excite and relish a romance are weighing…