RECOMMENDED: The Rider
"For most of the people we meet in The Rider, set on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, God is as real, enveloping and matter-of-fact a presence as the rugged landscape they call home. But Zhao's restrained, unsentimental style is the opposite of preachy, which makes it all too easy to under-appreciate the sublimity of her achievement. With its gorgeous frontier lyricism and its wrenchingly intimate story of a young man striving to fulfill what he considers his God-given purpose, The Rider comes as close to a spiritual experience as anything I've encountered in a movie theater this year. From a simple story of personal struggle, Zhao coaxes forth a stirring ode to a little-seen, hard-scrabble way of life and a sobering portrait of masculinity in crisis. But her movie is also a full-fledged contemporary western, a hymn to the beauty of wide-open plains, majestic sunsets and strapping young men on horseback." --Justin Chang, LA Times
ICYMI (In case you missed it): The Dangerous Book for boys
“The Dangerous Book for Boys spins the award winning non-fiction book into a narrative series focusing on the misadventures of prepubescent Wyatt McKenna (Gabriel Bateman) in the aftermath of his father’s passing. The show mixes reality –the economic and emotional strain of loosing a father– with the whimsical interludes of Wyatt’s own imagination, where his father (Chris Diamantopoulos) still lives and doles out sage advice. It makes for an intriguing combo of melancholy & comedy, the rare ‘children’s show’ to explicitly deal with real-world issues.” --Collider
The Dangerous Book for Boys can be found on Amazon Prime.
ICYMI: The Quiet place
“At an efficient hour and a half, A Quiet Place exemplifies cinematic storytelling at its most simple and inventive, using the pure grammar of sound and image to create a credible atmosphere of lived-in domesticity and looming terror. Krasinski, working from a script he co-wrote with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, creates a rich, imaginative world in which neighbors communicate by firelight and an impromptu dance with a shared pair of ear buds playing Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” possesses the sensory relief of a cool, clear spring in a desert.” --Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post