Tagged: School Programs

Cinemania Student Critic Review - Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs is a 2018 animated film directed by Wes Anderson, who uses great elements of the country’s language and culture to create a fraught sense of unfamiliarity in the characters throughout the movie. The film is mainly set in Japan. It’s about a 12-year old boy who seeks | more »


High School Student Critic Review: Shea on The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner is a 2017 animated film about Parvana, a young girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan whose father is unjustly arrested, so she must dress as a boy to support her family while they try to find and save her father from prison. The film is directed by Nora Twomey, | more »


High School Student Critic Review - The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey, tells the interesting story of Parvana and her life in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Living in poverty, Parvana and her injured father frequent the market to sell what little they have. Despite their living conditions, the family is | more »


Student Critic Review - Jane

The film Jane, directed by Brett Morgen, tells the captivating story of Jane Goodall and her studies and adventures in Africa. Created in part using unseen original footage rediscovered in 2014, the film’s great cinematography and editing allows Jane’s passion and commitment to | more »


High School Student Critic Review - Jane

Jane is a documentary about the life of Jane Goodall told almost exclusively from footage from her actual ventures into Gombe and other parts of Africa. For some context, Jane Goodall is a woman who, with zero scientific training, was sent into the Gombe wilderness to observe | more »


High School Student Critic Review - Seasons

Seasons is a 2016 French documentary directed by Jacques Perrin about the forests of Europe and the wildlife therein, spanning from the last ice age to modern day. Based on the premise alone, one can deduce that this is not a conventionally told story, especially for a | more »


High School Student Critic Review - Before the Flood

Before the Flood, directed by Fisher Stevens, explores the strikingly harsh global issue of climate change. Narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the film follows his travels around the world. He visits places like Greenland, India, and Florida, where scientists, politicians, and | more »


New Semester of Cinemania Begins 9/27!

We at the Burns could not be more excited for the fall semester of our ever-popular afterschool film club for middle schoolers, Cinemania! Beginning on September 27th, the fall semester of Cinemania will run for twelve weeks, marking a change in scheduling as the program shifts | more »


"Monkey Kingdom: A Documentary For the Whole Family"

Few movies can captivate children and environmentalists at the same time, but Monkey Kingdom is one of the rare exceptions. It remains a truthful documentary about nature but tells a “Cinderella story.”

The documentary follows the story of a toque macaque, a monkey named Maya, and | more »


"Persepolis: A Mature Subject Captured in Animation"

When you go to the movies to see an animated film, you may think the subject might be a princess or superheroes for kids. But Persepolis, an animated film, captures much more serious topics like war and self-discovery. Persepolis follows a young girl named Marjane Satrapi, and | more »