Brick Lane (Sarah Gavron, UK 2007)

Brick Lane

Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson, Naeema Begum
Directed by Sarah Gavron
Written by Abi Morgan, Laura Jones
Based on the novel by Monica Ali
Music: Jocelyn Pook
Cinematography: Robbie Ryan
Editing: Melanie Oliver

Before I Fall (Ry Russo-Young, USA 2017)

Before I Fall

Variation on Groundhog Day. Lots of quality but some weaknesses in the scenario

Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Elena Kampouris, Logan Miller, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi, Jennifer Beals, Kian Lawley, Liv Hewson
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Writer (novel): Lauren Oliver
Writer: Maria Maggenti
Cinematographer: Michael Fimognari
Editor: Joe Landauer
Composer: Adam Taylor

Lovesong (Son Yong Kim, USA 2016)

Lovesong

A finely chiseled description of a friendship between two women. Excellent direction and performances

Cast: Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Brooklyn Decker, Ryan Eggold, Rosanna Arquette
Director: So Yong Kim
Writer: Bradley Rust Gray, So Yong Kim
Cinematographer: Kat Westergaard, Guy Godfree
Editor: So Yong Kim, Bradley Rust Gray
Composer: Jóhann Jóhannsson

Miracles From Heaven (Patricia Riggen, USA 2016)

Miracles From Heaven

A tearjerker/feel good movie. It’s a pity its message is not more universal, its main ingredient, faith, being considered to be a monopoly of the church.

Cast: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, Brighton Sharbino, Courtney Fansler, Queen Latifah, Eugenio Derbez, Kelly Collins Lintz, John Carroll Lynch
Director: Patricia Riggen
Writer (book): Christy Beam
Writer: Randy Brown
Cinematographer: Checco Varese
Editor: Emma E. Hickox
Composer: Carlo Siliotto

The 33 (Patricia Riggen, Chile 2015)

The 33

Strong images, weak personages

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mario Casas, Adriana Barraza, Kate del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Bob Gunton Director: Patricia Riggen
Screenplay: José Rivera, Mikko Alanne
Composer: James Horner
Editor: Michael Tronick
Cinematographer: Checco Varese