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Sometimes the things we need most are found in the most unexpected places.

One might think by reading the synopsis of Sing J. Lee’s first feature film, The Accidental Getaway Driver, that it’s a heist film that’s fast-paced and full of chaos, but it’s actually so much more.

In this film based on a true story, Hiệp Trần Nghĩa plays Long, an elderly Vietnamese immigrant who works as a cab driver in Orange County, California, and is paid double for…

A.V. Rockwell’s debut feature, A Thousand and One, is the powerful story of the unbreakable bond between a mother and her son.

A.V. Rockwell’s debut feature, A Thousand and One, is a film shining a spotlight on the struggles and strength of inner-city Black women.

A.V. Rockwell’s debut feature, A Thousand and One, is a complex look at the foster care system in America.

A.V. Rockwell’s debut feature, A Thousand and One, highlights the power of a chosen family in…

For one woman, it was in Alabama, 2015. For another, it was in Virginia, 2020. Both women were college students, and both had been sexually assaulted. And though their cases were years and miles apart, the outcome was disturbingly similar.

They went to their local police stations to report their assaults and left in handcuffs. Already victims, the women were further victimized by police interrogation techniques that bullied them into recanting their accusations and jailed them for filing false reports.…

It’s 2017, and Noelia has had enough. After experiencing renewed pain and bleeding, she begrudgingly goes to the doctor to learn that her cancer has returned and metastasized. Her boyfriend, Jorge, wants Noelia to seek further treatment, but there’s a reason she had been hiding her recent pain from him — she doesn’t want any additional treatment. Even as her health rapidly declines, Noelia does the one thing she really wants: She returns to her childhood home on the idyllic…

The audience at the post-screening discussion of When It Melts, which premiered January 21 at the Park Avenue Theatre, definitely had some feelings about the film’s ending. The main one being: Why couldn’t it have been happier?

“Because this happens. This is reality,” answers writer-director Veerle Baetens. “And I wanted to show this reality of someone who is not able to talk about [their trauma].”

The someone in question is Eva, the main character. The film toggles between a sweltering…

Though it is a story of men and mountains, THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS is really about something rarely seen in cinema: a male friendship as deep and sweeping as the vistas it’s formed in. The film had its Sundance Festival premiere January 20 in the Spotlight category.

Shot in the stunning Aosta Valley region of the Italian Alps and closely adapted from Paolo Cognetti’s acclaimed novel, the film follows the poignant friendship between Pietro and Bruno, who meet at age 12 in the remote Italian mountain village, Grana.

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Georgie is more self-reliant than most adults you know. And that’s just fine with her, because she doesn’t need them mucking up the life she’s built by poking around her home. By the way, Georgie is a fiery 12-year-old hustler who is still living in the London council flat that she shared with her mom. But ever since her mother passed away of cancer, Georgie’s been dodging social workers and teachers’ concerns with well-timed sweet talk, pre-recorded conversations with her…

What happens when the foundation of a community’s identity becomes maligned?

In her experimental documentary KING COAL, filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon views Central Appalachia through a kaleidoscopic lens that layers the past, present, and potential future of a coal mining community.

KING COAL, which premiered on January 23 at the Egyptian Theatre, takes a unique approach to the documentary medium that exemplifies the spirit of the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT category. The film is gently driven by voiceover narration from…