Detroit is a film few people want to see, but it happened, it was horrifying, and everyone should see it. 90/100
In Step, documentary filmmakers follow the progress of several girls on a high school step team at an inner-city Baltimore academy that has as its mission, getting all who start high school to finish and attend college. Revealing, moving, you'll come to really care for these kids and their dedicated teachers, but I found it a little too drawn out in spots. 87/100
Wind River: A rape and murder investigation on a Wyoming Indian reservation is intense, taut and a 95/100 most of the way through, but the ending was cinematically inartful, bringing it down to a 91/100. That's still very good, and this film is well worth seeing. Don't wait for this one to reach the telly. It's made for the big screen.
Menashe is a gem of a film about a widowed Hasidic man who wants to gain his rabbi's approval to raise his son in a motherless household. The title character, Menashe, struggles financially and isn't interested in marrying again. As we learn, he didn't want to marry the first time around, and the marriage was an unhappy one. Menashe was filmed in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, and none of the cast members are professional actors. All are Hasidic Jews who agreed to perform in the movie, and they did a hella impressive job. If our film group was meeting over the summer, I bet this would have been our leader's selection. 96/100
The Glass Castle is based on a best-selling memoir by journalist Jeannette Walls. The reviews weren't great, but I'm going to disagree with the reviewers on this one. See it. 90/100
Coming Up in Film:
I was surprised by a trailer for a film called The Novitiate, which might be a term unfamiliar to non-Catholics. Anyway, this one might not sit well with some in the Catholic Church, but the trailer left me wanting to see more. Read the plot at the link, and you'll see why I say it might not sit well with some Catholics, but you never know. Currently at a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an audience want-to-see of 98%. We will see this one.