Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced its Cine Sin Fronteras selections - and now the festival added some of its most high-profile picks: the spotlight selections. And this year's picks are very much worth the bright spotlight.
It's hard for me to comment on the reality and authenticity of "Smashed." While it's definitely fair to say that not all of "Smashed" goes down smoothly, the end result is an intimate, complicated film about an intimate, complicated topic, with a smashing lead performance to boot.
"The Help" is a 1960s period piece (if it's not too early to call it that) that takes place in the Deep South during the Jim Crow years. It shows a life where black people are not confined to the constructs of slavery anymore, but something that closely resembles it.