“Adam”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

Boy meets girl and gets his perspective on gender and sexual identity expanded when he is mistaken for a trans male in first-time feature director Rhys Ernst’s flattering coming-of-age comedy of cutting-edge sexual politics. Taking a different approach to transgender issues that might attract a more diverse (and millennial) audience, “Adam” channels those prominent issues…

“Late Night”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

Emma Thompsons stars as a fading late-night host and Mindy Kaling plays her new writers room hire in a #MeToo/Time’s Up-era comedy that offers classic laughs with a modern twist. The only element of Nisha Ganatra’s charming new comedy Late¬†Night that feels even slightly fantastical is easy enough to overlook: a British woman isn’t just…

“Birds of Passage”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

A south-of-the-border crime drug epic unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, in which illegal trafficking poisons an indigenous Wayuu clan in a based-on-true-events story by an Award-winning Colombian duo. Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s Colombian crime epic is like an indigenous version of The Godfather, revealing the slow and steady destruction of a closely-knit indigenous family…

“Hala”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

A thoughtful Pakistani-American Muslim girl nearing high-school graduation grapples with sexuality, faith and tradition in this feature directorial debut. A genre that is currently booming in the independent film scene is coming-of-age stories (see “Eighth Grade,” “Lady Bird,” or even “Columbus”), but most of the time, they revolve around the lives of white, heterosexual characters…