Review: Definition Please

Definition Please begins with a Spelling Bee and uses words and the spelling of words throughout. Young Monica becomes the National Spelling Bee Champion in 2005. Jump ahead to 2020 and Monica is still living at home and working tutoring gigs as she cares for her mother. Everyone agrees she’s not living up to her potential. The film is on Netflix.

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Review: The Planters, oddest movie you’ll ever love

The Planters is an eccentric indie movie made by two women working with no crew or help. It’s a story about socially lost outcasts who find each other and human connection. It’s streaming on Amazon.

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The Killing of Two Lovers: Is Sepideh Moafi worth it?

The Killing of Two Lovers stars Sepideh Moafi, which is why I wanted to see it. The film about a separation between the parents of four children is told from the husband David’s (Clayne Crawford) point of view. It’s streaming on Hulu.

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Level 16, obedience won’t save you

Level 16 is the last step before the girls in the boarding school where they’ve lived all their lives graduate to placements with good families. This independent Canadian drama is a mix of sci-fi and horror. Danishka Esterhazy wrote and directed the drama, which you can see on Netflix.

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Review: No Ordinary Love

No Ordinary Love is a powerful independent film about two abusive marriages. This realistic look at spousal abuse is available on Prime Video for a rental fee. The film was written and directed by Chyna Robinson.

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Really Love, a tender Black romance

Really Love is a beautiful love story. The cast is all Black, as are the behind the scenes crew. Angel Kristi Williams co-wrote and directed. The writing, the camera work, the direction, and the actors all approached the story with tenderness and love. That’s conveyed back to the audience in this delicate and gentle love story. The film is available on Netflix.

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Before/During/After, the story of a breakup

Before/During/After tells the story of a breakup. It isn’t a linear storyline with the before, during and after sections neatly organized. They are all stirred together in a jumble. Still, it makes sense. This indie film is streaming on Prime Video.

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Life in Color, an indie movie about depressed losers

Life in Color is a popular title. The particular version under discussion today is a 2015 independent film written by, directed by, and starring Katharine Emmer. You can find it on Prime Video.

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Review: Saint Maud

Saint Maud is about a woman obsessed with a religious mania that leads to terror and insanity. It takes you inside the troubled mind of a woman put in charge of caring for others. It’s streaming on Prime Video.

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Pink Wall, a relationship in 6 moments

Pink Wall stars Tatiana Maslany and Jay Duplass in a relationship drama that uses 6 selected moments from 6 years in a couple’s life to tell their story. It’s available from Hulu, Prime, Tubi and possibly more streamers.

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