Festivals Archive

DIFF Movie Review: ‘Blindspotting’

Review by Jacquelin Hipes As the writers and stars of Blindspotting, childhood friends Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal have produced something truly special. Both were born and raised in Oakland, California, a city named after the massive trees chopped down to make way for ...Read More

DIFF Movie Review: ‘Tejano’

Review by Jacquelin Hipes For a film about dying grandfathers and getting tangled up with Mexican drug cartels, Tejano has its share of humorous moments. Fleeing border patrol and desperate for a way back into the United States, Javi (Patrick Mackie) stares through a ...Read More

DIFF Movie Review: ‘First Reformed’

Review by Jacquelin Hipes A quintessential A24 film, First Reformed follows several weeks in the life of the struggling Reverend Toller (Ethan Hawke). Divorced and coping with the death of his son, he’s solicited by the pregnant Mary (Amanda Seyfried) to help counsel her ...Read More

DIFF Movie Review: ‘The Guilty’

Review by Jacquelin Hipes The Guilty, director Gustav Möller’s first feature film, is many things. It’s a one-room crime thriller; it’s a look at the daily stresses of emergency dispatchers; most of all, it’s a spotlight for the considerable talent of lead actor Jakob ...Read More