Sound of Metal

Sometimes, the best sounds are the ones that simply make up our normal day to day. Metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) is intensely committed to his craft alongside bandmate singer and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke). Together, as Blackgammon, they tour small venues across the country. While not big time, they have a following and are […]

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

It has often been said that to be a legendary musician, having a big-time ego is not only natural, but necessary. Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), known as the “Mother of the Blues,” knows her importance in 1927. People come to see her, and her manager, Irvin (Jeremy Stamos), has booked her and her quartet of […]

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Fatale

What happens in Vegas never truly stays in Vegas. Derrick (Michael Ealy) is sort of in a rut; not professionally, but personally. Professionally, he’s the head of a successful and black-owned sports agency alongside longtime friend and business partner Rafe (Mike Coulter) that is on the cusp of being purchased by one of the big […]

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Promising Young Woman

“It feels different when it’s someone you love.” Love for anyone—or anything, hasn’t been a feeling Cassandra (Carey Mulligan) has felt for a minute. Once a promising young future doctor, she dropped out after an incident involving her best friend, Nina, was too painful to continue on with. On days, Cassandra works as a barista. […]

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Soul

Actually living your life is exponentially different from just being alive. All Joe Gardener (Jamie Foxx) has wanted to be since he was a youngster was a jazz musician, falling in love with the genre when he set foot in a performance encouraged by his musician dad. Jazz makes him feel alive, but as it tends […]

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Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

As said by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind.” Many decades before, Camp Jened served as a summer safe space and experimental campground for teens with disabilities. At Camp Jened, these individuals could…just be people. Whether that was partaking in substances, getting involved in carnal flings, or being […]

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Wander Darkly

To know the ending, one must understand the prequel. The present life story for Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna) is in a bumpy place. They are new parents, with a new home. Their love is evident, and so too are their troubles with one another which bind the two to the past and […]

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Black Bear

Any great work typically requires a heavy amount of unwavering commitment by its creator. After years as an actress, Allison (Aubrey Plaza) pivoted to becoming a writer/director. So far, her films have been unsuccessful. With her inspiration waning, she’s looking to find it at a gorgeously scenic lake house. Hosts Gabe (Christopher Abbott) and his […]

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Athlete A

For what shall it profit a company if they gain the whole world, but lose its soul? For USA Gymnastics, it was not a question worth losing sleep over. Consistently coming up short against the Eastern European gymnastic programs at the biggest stage in the Olympics, their fortunes turned when they took on many properties […]

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Synchronic

What is time? Simply a man-made construction designed to make our lives more linear. For years and years, the lives of Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) have been linear. Not great, but linear. The two are longtime paramedics partners in New Orleans, growing up together and experiencing many trials, tribulations, and generally the […]

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