Step

Step is a moving documentary in spite of uninspired direction and editing because of the smart, talented and magnetic teenage girls preparing for their first steps into adulthood during their senior year at the charter school Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women soon after the Read More …

Detroit

I loved Kathryn Bigelow’s films long before she received an Oscar: Near Dark, Blue Steel, Point Break, Strange Days, K-19: The Widowmaker. I was not into The Hurt Locker, but she regained my favor with Zero Dark Thirty. Bigelow’s films generally focus on one main Read More …

Maudie

I trust Sally Hawkins. She starred in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky. She takes characters that others see as odd and makes them real. In another actor’s hands, her roles could turn exploitive or cliché. She shows us the corners of her characters’ minds and wordlessly communicates Read More …