Natalie Gregory

American Violet

Based on a true story, you can't help rooting that justice will prevail
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REVIEW Lawyer movies can be really entertaining. Tim Disney's American Violet certainly is. I was sucked in from minute one. Based on true events, it's the story of Dee Roberts (an awesome performance by Nicole Beharie), a single mother with four little girls living in the projects of a small Texas town. In these particular projects, there are frequent drug raids. The law states that a single informant's testimony justifies an indictment — and Dee is wrongfully accused. Read more »

Family, business, and sexuality

Brilliante Mendoza's Serbis has the feel of an Altman film
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REVIEW Brilliante Mendoza's Serbis reminded me of a Robert Altman film. The story centers on the Pineda family, who operate a run-down movie house playing porn features in the provincial Philippines. The film weaves in and out amid the many relatives living together while showing a glimpse of the activity within the theater itself (the sex trade in action). It feels as though we are simply tagging along like a friend visiting for the day, a feeling heightened by extensive handheld camera use. Read more »