Movie Diary 7/8/2009

Pressure Cooker (Jennifer Grausman/Mark Becker, 2009). A tough-as-stainless-steel teacher, Wilma Stephenson, teaches kids culinary skills in an inner-city high school in Philly; the students are vying for scholarships that could significantly change their difficult lives. Neat movie, although it’s a shame the filmmakers couldn’t find some truly heroic lives to focus on, like young people who fight robots from outer space. (full review 7/10)