More Reel World

As this tale of struggle reaches its crescendo, audiences will find both a satisfying twist and a conclusion that certainly reaches “The High Note.”

It is rare to find a low-budget independent film that is so assured, so confident in its fluid camera movements and spot-on production elements that it makes you believe in the thrilling possibility of movies. “The Vast of Night” is the most pleasant of surprises – a thoroughly satisfying genre film that gets many things right for 89 captivating minutes.

“The Painter and the Thief” will steal your attention as this film reveals its simple truth – that sometimes a single decision can alter lives.

The Plot: Down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed at Camp Jened, a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, that transformed their lives and ignited a landmark movement that took 20 years to achieve.

“Soul City” is a collection of shorts, each with a “Twilight Zone” twist.

“Bull” will try to buck you off with a tale of woe and dejection, but “hold on tight, keep your chest out and hips loose” and you will be rewarded with a film of truth and hope.

A jolt of joy, this sparkly rainbow-colored jukebox musical is as sweet as an Easter candy basket and as technically polished as a TED talk in its message of diversity.

Virtue is behavior showing a high moral standard. “The Virtues” reveals the opposite behavior in many who pepper the story. Life sometimes creates a spiral that doesn’t encourage virtue. That is why, when it is shown, as in the climax of this series, it reveals the power that virtue brings.

“Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” sees the sun set on this trilogy and these characters, making this both a suitable conclusion and a relief.