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4th Qtr, 2018

22 JULY

The shocking events of 22 July 2011 when 77 people were massacred in Norway by a far-right extremist is the subject of director Paul Greengrass’ latest drama. He produces his own screenplay based on the book, One of Us, by Åsne Seierstad (who shares writing credit) for Netflix distribution.   read more…

BlacKkKlansman

When considering a Spike Lee film, themes like race, truth, hate and hypocrisy naturally flood the mind. So, without knowing about the 37-year friendship shared by Lee and his editor, Barry Alexander Brown, you might assume as twenty-somethings they came right out of the gate slinging controversial films about the messy truths of racism in America.  read more…

FIRST MAN

Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon is probably one of the most significant events of the 20th century. It’s also among the most well documented, with images from the 1969 Apollo 11. Yet the human at the centre of this epoch-defining drama has remained unveiled, in part because Armstrong shielded his family and himself from the heat of world acclaim.  read more…

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Director Barry Jenkins’ third feature film, If Beale Street Could Talk, tells the poignant story of Tish (KiKi Layne) a 19-year-old woman fighting to free her falsely accused fiancee Fonny (Stephan James) from prison before the birth  of their child.  read more…

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

While Queen Elizabeth I has been depicted many times on film and TV – notably by Bette Davis in 1955’s The Virgin Queen and by Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998), the altogether darker story of how she won the crown is less well known.  Read more…

ROMA

Composed as a love letter to Mexico City and the maid (Yalitza Aparicio) that helped raise him, writer/director Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma takes place in the early 1970s and follows an emotional journey of family dynamics, political upheaval, cultural intricacies and wide-eyed adventurousness from the capital to the coast.  read more…