Long Weekend is a good rom-com, but a victim of unfortunate timing. Without revealing too much, the film switches gears and invites another genre into the mix. It’s an interesting wrinkle in the story and writer/director Steve Basilone handles it well. But, it’s so comparable to last year’s crowd-pleaser Palm Springs that Long Weekend’s almost feels like old news upon arrival.
Family history is a dependable theme for filmmakers to explore. The Last Black Man in San Francisco, however, is more about what it means to preserve that lineage. In their breakout feature film debut, filmmaker Joe Talbot and actor Jimmie Fails unpack an observational story that’s related to that, based on elements of Fails’ real-life experiences.