There are some films based on true stories that you have to research after watching. You need more details because you are screaming, “it cannot end like this.” The Silent Twins is one such film. As soon as it ended, I did not even wait to go home; I was on my phone googling June and Jennifer Gibbons. The story is tragic, mysterious, and even magical, as many describe twin bonds. Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska with the screenplay by Andrea Seigel, based on the book by Marjorie Wallace, the movie feels uncomfortable as you sympathize with the twins and family but also seethe at the racism touched on in the film, which played a pivotal role in these events.
Tonally confusing with disconcerting edits, bland dialogue, and low stakes, there is not much here to appreciate. A further issue with Asking For It is the lack of dimension with the characters. That presents a challenge connecting with them. I am a fan of women-led revenge films, but Asking For It misses the mark.
In The Batman, Batman (Robert Pattinson) has to stop serial killer the Riddler and unearth the corruption of Gotham and the connection to his family. It sounds impressive, but on its own, The Batman lacks characters to hold interest, yet the thriller noir atmosphere might be enough. I liked the film because I want them to the fantastic world from this one and add in more character development so I can give a damn about more of the characters. Still, I’ve never seen Gotham like this before.
India Sweets and Spices, written and directed by Geeta Malik, will draw plenty of comparisons to Crazy Rich Asians, especially since the film is from the same producers. While both reside in a rich world, the points of view and the plot are different. India Sweets and Spices uses a rich protagonist to tell a story that deals with the fire of youth and the weariness of age. This is also not the story of the white kid rebelling against their child. India Sweets and Spices is funny, chock-full of messy drama but has an underlying heart about topical issues.
The Green Knight, written and directed by David Lowery and starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, and Joel Edgerton, starts boring. Still, the film picks up…
Candyman, written by Nia DaCosta, Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and directed by Nia DaCosta, takes us back to a now gentrified Cabrini-Green. The previous Candyman…
Dreams on Fire, directed by Phillipe McKee, premiered at Fantasia Film Festival. At first glance, the film appears to be a traditional, coming-of-age dancer’s story.…
Don’t Say Its Name, directed by Reuben Martell and written by Reuben Martell and Gerald Wexler, played at Fantasia Film Festival. The film follows a small Indigenous community at odds about a mining company, WEC, drilling on tribal land. When an activist dies in an unsolved hit-and-run, and WEC starts their work, mysterious murders follow. It’s up to local peace officer Mary Stonechild (Madison Walsh) and Park Ranger Stacey Cole (Sera-Lys McArthur) to stop whoever or whatever is wreaking havoc in the community. Don’t Say Its Name shows us horror through the tales and culture of the Indigenous community. It’s a unique horror lens, and the story, execution feel like Wolfen meets Predator.
Josée is breathtaking; the colors exude warmth with the contrasting poignant story.
Seobok contains sci-fi, action, drama, and adorable moments packed into a delightful film.