Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Independent Films

Review: Menashe (United States, 2017)

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"Menashe" is the first Yiddish-language feature film to hit theaters since the Holocaust.

Review: The Wedding Plan (Israel, 2016)

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Rama Burshtein's sophomore film manages to make -- from a tired plot -- a lively comedy with a lot to say about Orthodox Jewish women...

Review: A Loner (China, 2017)

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"A Loner" (大雪冬至) explores the life of a old woman in Beijing, illuminating a broader social phenomenon of "left-behind" elders in modern-day China.

Review: Berlinized (Germany, 2012)

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"Berlinized" is a peek into the bizarre art culture that grew out of the fallen Berlin Wall.

Review: Kajaki (United Kingdom, 2014)

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The independent film Kajaki (titled Kilo Two Bravo for North American distribution) tells the true story of British troops who must contend with the physical...

Review: Good Kill (United States, 2014)

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Andrew Niccol explores the dark side of modern warfare through the eyes of a F-16 pilot (Ethan Hawke) reassigned to fly Predator drones. This uniquely...

Review: Bottle Shock (United States, 2008)

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Professor Snape (a.k.a. Alan Rickman) stars alongside Captain Kirk (a.k.a. Chris Pine), Bill Pullman and Rachael Taylor in this tale about the great upset in...

Review: Sleepwalk with Me (United States, 2012)

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If you’re a This American Life listener, you’ve probably heard comedian Mike Birbiglia. Birbiglia contributes regularly to the program, offering doses of deadpan humor in numerous...

Review: Lost In Translation (United States, 2003)

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There’s an old adage in Japanese — “mono no aware”, or “the transience of life”. It’s the idea that nothing is forever, and that’s precisely what gives...

Review: Submarine (United Kingdom/United States, 2010)

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To say the least, Richard Ayoade’s Submarine is both dark and quirky. It narrates the adolescence of Oliver Tate, an introverted, semi-neurotic 15 year-old in...