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Reviews for July 17th, 2015



Documentary Round-Up






      Twinsters follows Samantha Futerman, a young actress living in Los Angeles, who learns that she has an identical twin, Ana´s Bordier, and travels all the way to England to meet her. They wait anxiously for the results of their DNA test that would either confirm or deny that they're identical twins. Co-directors Samantha Futerman and Ryan Miyamoto do an impeccable job of finding the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them emotionally. They keep the doc's story clear and coherent from the very beginning as Samantha learns from the first time, via Facebook, about the existence of her identical twin. Both of them were born in South Korea and were separated at birth, but there's no record that their biological mother had twins. The doc gets quite poignant when the twins try to contact her albeit without any success. The meeting between Samantha and Ana´s is also quite moving as is the way both of their adopted families bond together in England. The doc captures both of their complex emotions leading up to that meeting. Ana´s candidly admits something that's quite interesting: when she was much younger, she felt very lonely even around friends because she innately felt that something was missing. Twinsters greatest strength is how it tells Samantha and Ana´s' story without relying on talking heads or naval-gazing: there's plenty of footage from both of their daily lives combined with great choices of music and a little animation, i.e. when Samantha describes a vivid nightmare she had about the forthcoming first-time meeting with Ana´s. None of it feels dry or banal thanks to the superb editing by Jeff Consiglio. Moreover, it's quite charming, witty and funny at times, so, unlike most docs it's quite accessible to mainstream audiences. Ignite Channel releases Twinsters at AMC Empire 25.


Alleluia

Directed by Fabrice Du Welz




     

Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Released by Doppelgńnger Releasing.
Opens at Cinema Village.

Ant-Man

Directed by Peyton Reed




     

Number of times I checked my watch: 3
Released by Walt Disney Pictures.
Opens nationwide.

A Hard Day

Directed by Kim Seong-hoon




     

Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Released by Kino Lorber.
Opens at Village East Cinema.

Lila & Eve

Directed by Charles Stone III




     

Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Released by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Opens at Village East Cinema.

Trainwreck

Directed by Judd Apatow




     

Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Released by Universal Pictures.
Opens nationwide.
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