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What we saw at Sundance, part 3: Crossed borders and different lives

Culling through the forty features viewed at both the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals last week has been as much fun as watching them in the first place. Here...

Ficks’ Picks: The best flicks of 2019

48 Hills festival movie critic Jesse Hawthorne Ficks travels the continent for us checking out the biggest film events. He also hosts the invaluable MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS series. Here...

Ficks’ Picks: The best of the Toronto International Film Fest!

Our festival critic Jesse Hawthorne Ficks had a golden ticket to all the latest films debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019. Check out his TIFF picks below,...

Screen Grabs: Two of our favorite movies this year

SCREEN GRABS Two of my favorites of the year—Brittany Runs a Marathon and This Is Not Berlin, see details below—open this Friday, so it’s a none-too-shabby week at the movies,...

Screen Grabs: The perils of ‘Midsommar’

SCREEN GRABS The big noise commercially this week is Spider-Man: Far From Home, yet another entry in the most confusingly overpopulated movie franchise of the still-new century. Not counting...

What we saw at Sundance (and Slamdance), part 4: Narrative features

SUNDANCE 2019 Our festival critic Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the Sundance Film Festival. Read part 1 here, part 2 here, and part 3 here!  Honey Boy (Alma Har'el, US) Winning a Special...

What we saw at Sundance, Part 3: MiDNiTE MOViES and Beyond!

SUNDANCE 2019 Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from Sundance. See part 1 here and part 2 here!  The Death of Dick Long (Daniel Scheinert, US)  Absurdism dates back to the work of Søren Kierkegaard,...

What we saw at Sundance, part 2: Documentaries

Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the Sundance Film Festival: See part 1 here and part 3 here!  SUNDANCE 2019 The Documentary categories are often the best part of Sundance and this...

What we saw at Sundance, Part 1

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2019 With more than 14,000 submissions from more than 150 countries, the Sundance Film Festival (which celebrated its 35th Anniversary) narrowed down their feature film total to...

Screen Grabs: IndieFest, Godard’s latest, and a Jeff Goldblum smorgasbord

Last week we mentioned the beginning of SF Indiefest, whose 21st edition starts Wed/30 with the new indie comedy The Unicorn and a “live re-score” of Disney animation classic Fantasia. But the bulk...