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Calling ‘Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself’ a one-man show would be an understatement. (Photo by Matthew Murphy.)

Hulu presents ‘Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself’

More than magic

‘Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself’ is a film adaptation of a theater production that combines storytelling, magic, and audience participation to explore the complexities and contradictions of identity, for an astonishing and moving experience. Kelly Conrad reviews.
Kelly Conrad

Kelly Conrad

Reviews 4 minute read
A rare location for a major feature film: Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin star in ‘Concrete Cowboy.’ (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis, courtesy of Netflix.)

Netflix presents ‘Concrete Cowboy’

The horsemen of North Philadelphia

‘Concrete Cowboy,’ Ricky Staub’s directorial debut, provides a compelling and beautifully rendered look at the subculture of Black horsemanship in North Philadelphia. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 3 minute read
A conversation inside Ubuntu House. (Image courtesy of Grasshopper Film.)

Grasshopper Film presents Ephraim Asili’s ‘The Inheritance’

Cinematic magic in a West Philly collective

Ephraim Asili’s ‘The Inheritance,’ a thought-provoking new film about a Black socialist collective in West Philadelphia, combines fictional characters with real-life appearances by veterans of MOVE. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 3 minute read
Intimacies reminiscent of the stage: John David Washington and Zendaya in ‘Malcolm & Marie.’ (Image credit Dominic Miller/Netflix © 2021.)

Netflix presents Sam Levinson’s ‘Malcolm & Marie’

Conversations come through

Netflix's ‘Malcolm & Marie,’ the first Hollywood feature conceived and created within the pandemic, follows a couple trading uncomfortable truths on the night of a fraught film premiere. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Reviews 3 minute read
The loneliest girl in the world? Morfydd Clark in ‘Saint Maud.’ (Image courtesy of A24.)

Rose Glass’s ‘Saint Maud’

The horror in humanity

‘Saint Maud’ is a beautifully made psychological horror film that feels terrifyingly relevant in the age of Covid-19. Josh Hitchens reviews.
Josh Hitchens

Josh Hitchens

Reviews 4 minute read
All eyes on Krasner: ‘Philly D.A.’ takes a long look at an important criminal-justice figure. (Photo by Yoni Brook, courtesy of the Sundance Film Institute.)

Sundance Film Festival presents ‘Philly D.A.’

The Krasner wars come to PBS

‘Philly D.A.,' a new docuseries about Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival February 3. It’s a multifaceted look at the controversial civil-rights attorney turned prosecutor. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 4 minute read
A chess journey from mid-century America still resonates today: Harry Melling and Anya Taylor-Joy in ‘The Queen’s Gambit.’ (Image credit Phil Bray/Netflix 2020.)

Netflix presents ‘The Queen's Gambit’

A beautiful game

Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is a hit, and as a woman who loves chess, Christina Anthony knows why the story rings true.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Reviews 4 minute read
Lesbians: they’re just like you! Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as Abby and Harper in ‘Happiest Season.’ (Photo by Jojo Whilden/Hulu.)

Hulu presents Clea Duvall’s ‘Happiest Season'

Heteronormative happiness

It’s exciting to see mainstream platforms making and promoting Christmas romances telling queer stories, but Hulu’s ‘Happiest Season’ is run-of-the-mill holiday cheese. Michelle Nugent reviews.
Michelle Nugent

Michelle Nugent

Reviews 3 minute read
How often do you wonder, what if? Yael Shavitt as Sam in ‘Split.’ (Image courtesy of Split the Series.)

Yael Shavitt’s ‘Split’ is available to stream on Amazon Prime

Two worlds of what if

The ambitious and mind-bending new TV series ‘Split,’ created by Yael Shavitt, follows the two lives of Sammy 12 years after an audition for her dream high school. Kelly Conrad reviews.
Kelly Conrad

Kelly Conrad

Reviews 2 minute read
Radha Blank creates and stars in ‘The Forty-Year-Old Version,’ a complex and vulnerable underdog story. (Image credit: Jeong Park/Netflix 2020.)

Netflix presents Radha Blank’s ‘The Forty-Year-Old Version’

The power of your own voice

Radha Blank’s semi-autobiographical film debut, ‘The Forty-Year-Old Version,’ follows a Black woman playwright as she balances the production of her new play in the predominantly white New York theater scene, and her desire to become a rapper. Kelly Conrad reviews.
Kelly Conrad

Kelly Conrad

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