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  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★

    Saint Augustine Film Festival Virtual Screening. 
     Thankful I had room to nervously walk in circles. Warning for those sensitive to acerbic sitcom-like social conflict: embrace it. Uncomfortable in the best ways. Funny, anxiety-provoking, and well paced. Unexpectedly warm even though no one, including the audience, gets off the hook. Fantastic ensemble, many recognizable and perfectly cast considering their past work.

  • Her Socialist Smile

    Her Socialist Smile

    Streaming at nga.gov (National Gallery of Art).

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  • Motherland

    Motherland

    ★★★½

    AFI European Union Showcase.
    Inventive voyeuristic point-of-view is remarkably honest. Captures isolation and resignation through the watchful eye of a child as events spin out of control. Learning trusted adults are imperfect, contribute to life's difficulties is a tough realization.

  • The Midnight Sky

    The Midnight Sky

    ★★★

    Netflix.
    Clooney resurrects the beard from SYRIANA, a set piece from GRAVITY, and borrows a bit from ARCTIC in the meditative Lo-FI science fiction think piece. It is satisfying to see him playing his age, or something approximating it. Let this be the beginning of that next phase.