Watch This: Trailer for American Honey

American Honey is a young people’s movie. Nevertheless, it caught the attention of this elder. The film’s star, Sasha Lane, is Texas State college freshman without previous acting experience. According to the reviews from Cannes, she turns in an outstanding performance. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for American Honey”

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Review: Sassy Pants

Sassy Pants is a coming of age story starring Ashley Rickards as the very sheltered, home-schooled Bethany. Bethany suffers under the heavy hand of her prudishly dysfunctional mother, played by Anna Gunn. Bethany dreams of going to fashion school. But in her closet there is nothing but pink – because her mother decided pink is her favorite color.  Continue reading “Review: Sassy Pants”

Watch This: Trailer for The Innocents

The Innocents is from Poland and French director Anne Fontaine. In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor (Lou de Laâge) who is sent to assist the French survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.  Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for The Innocents”

Review: The Whistleblower

The Whistleblower is a 2010 film starring Rachel Weisz. I recently watched it for the first time. The drama is based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and exposed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal. Continue reading “Review: The Whistleblower”

Review: Sex, Death and Bowling

Sex, Death and Bowling is the best movie I’ve seen in a long time. It’s the writing and directing debut of actress Ally Walker. If she managed a tale this well told with her first effort, then bring it on, Ally Walker. Continue reading “Review: Sex, Death and Bowling”

Watch This: Trailer for Equity

Equity is written, produced, and directed by women. It stars women in powerhouse leading roles. Way to go, Equity. You have my attention.

Billed as the first female-driven Wall Street movie, the film deals with women in a male-dominated profession. Lately there have been a spate of films about how greedy men caused the housing market mayhem. This one is a little different. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Equity”

Review: Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart stars Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet as biological sisters who meet as adults. One is a very together yoga instructor, the other is a sex worker in an abusive relationship. The new connection between them leads to big changes in both their lives. Continue reading “Review: Bleeding Heart”

Watch This: Trailer for Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe stars David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, and newcomer Madina Nalwanga in an uplifting tale based on a true story. A young girl who sells corn on the streets of rural Uganda is introduced to the game of chess and her world changes drastically. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Queen of Katwe”

Watch This: Trailer for Parched

Parched is from India. It’s the story of four women and their difficult attempts at liberation from the patriarchy. The film was written and directed by Leena Yadav. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Parched”

Review: Hot Pursuit

Hot Pursuit stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara in a ridiculous and funny tale about cops and federal witnesses and crooked cops and crooked witness and untrustworthy cops and untrustworthy witnesses. Continue reading “Review: Hot Pursuit”