Three 7th grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.
Keith L. Williams,
A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.
Through his bond with his owner, aspiring Formula One race car driver Denny, golden retriever Enzo learns that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.
Set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God, Them That Follow tells the story of a pastor's daughter who holds a secret that threatens to tear her community apart.
A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.
A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.
The good news is this is character-driven movie that gives one a sense of a displaced millennial, displaced in many senses of the word. It is informative from a cultural point of view, and the slow pace is both artistic but at times, given our addiction to fast-pacing, annoying. Long camera shots, scenes that last slightly longer than you expect. And yet that all contributes to the credibility of the overall plot. There are nuances in relationships among the characters that are lovely --the two brothers for example. The mother-daughter.
The bad news is this is not great cinematography nor enough humor. Awkwafina delivers a good dramatic persona, but not any lightness. Hard to imagine her as a comedian elsewhere. The plot is a bit overworked and some holes.
Conclusion: interesting insights and worth seeing, just don't believe all the hype before you go. It does give an alternate view of life in China than the glitz one usually sees in the news and travel photos.
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