Author: Schyler Martin

‘Sleight’ Is More Slow-Burn Drama Than Explosive Thriller

Overview: Weighed down by financial burdens, 20-something street magician Bo turns to drug dealing to make ends meet. When dealing gets more dangerous than expected, Bo is forced to take matters into his own hands. BH Tilt; 2017; Rated R; 90 minutes. Not Just Another Superhero Movie: If viewers go into Sleight expecting a familiar superhero story, they will be disappointed. This isn’t a big dramatic movie. It’s a low-budget, quiet story shot realistically on the dirty streets of LA. Even Angelo (Dulé Hill), the drug lord Bo (Jacob Latimore) works for, isn’t the terrifying out-of-control caricature one expects. He’s deceptively kind and charming, inspiring Bo’s little sister...

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New on Netflix Instant: Newtown is a Call to Action

Originally published on April 15, 2016. Newtown is now available on Netflix Instant streaming in the U.S. Overview: On December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot and killed 20 children, aged between six and seven years old, and six adult staff members. Newtown follows the collective grief and trauma of a community in mourning. Mile 22/Transform Films. 2016. Unrated. 85 minutes. The Grieving Process: They say there are 72 hours after a tragedy when everyone stands singularly together. 72 hours where political divisions don’t matter, people comfort each other wholeheartedly, regardless of what...

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Go North: A Gorgeously Filmed Debut With Missteps

Overview: After an unidentified disaster wipes out the adults of the world, a community of children and teenagers descends into dangerous chaos run by a rowdy crew of high school jocks. Desperate for freedom, friends Josh and Jessie run away in search of other survivors and hope for the future. FlimBuff; 2016; Not Rated; 94 minutes. For Starters: Go North does a fine job of painting a fascinating picture of a post-apocalyptic world, but most of the movie is spent establishing this world without ever attempting to explain it. No reason is ever given as to why and how everyone...

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14 Minutes from Earth is a Testament to Geeks & Bookworms

Overview: 14 Minutes from Earth documents Alan Eustace’s historic 14-minute dive, the highest sky dive ever, from the upper stratosphere to Earth. Gunpowder & Sky Distribution; 2016; Not Rated; 85 minutes. The Plan is Simple: Alan Eustace will strap a giant balloon strapped to his back. It will inflate to the size of a football stadium. It will carry him over 135,000 feet up into the stratosphere, higher than any solo man has gone alone. He will make make the dive. He will make history. Okay, so it isn’t that simple. In 14 Minutes from Earth, Eustace, a 57-year-old computer engineer, scientist, and Senior Vice...

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Women’s Equality Day: The Introduction

In 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The observance of Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment that allowed women to finally vote and calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward complete equality. We here at Audiences Everywhere are lucky to work with a group of talented, empathetic, thoughtful, and endlessly supportive men and women. Part of what makes this site special is the way that we are always striving to be better, to expand our thinking, to further understand and appreciate the art form that is filmmaking, and to make the film world a...

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