Reviews

  • The Strongest Man | Review

    Miami Blues: Riches’ Sophomore Effort Back Pedals At its core, perhaps The Strongest Man could best be described as a character study concerning one man...

  • Escobar: Paradise Lost | Review

    Drug War Diaries: Di Stefano’s Peripheral Take on Famed Drug Lord’s Activities For those wishing to learn much of anything about famed Colombian drug lord...

  • The Little Death | Review

    Lust, Actually: Lawson’s Sexually Charged Debut Struggles with What Women Want Taking home the audience prize at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, Australian director Josh...

  • What Happened, Miss Simone? | Review

    Writing on the Wall: Garbus Offers Compressed Portrait of Soul-Gospel-Jazz Queen Nina Simone, a prominent musician-turned-civil-rights-activist, left behind a legacy in which the latter part...

  • Creep | Review

    People Are Strange: Brice’s Debut Retools Found Footage for Ordinary Madness Available on demand at the same time as his Sundance darling sophomore feature The...

  • The Midnight Swim | Review

    Out in the Moonlight, Just Like We Used to Do: Smith’s Throbbing, Eerie Debut The unnerving quality of Sarah Adina Smith’s directorial debut, The Midnight...

  • Burying the Ex | Review

    Ex to Grind: Dante’s ZomCom Never Finds Its Pulse Zombies are difficult subject matters for the screen. A staple of a popular subgenre, original narrative...

  • Infinitely Polar Bear | Review

    One Flew Over the Housing Project: Forbes Relates Childhood Memories in Debut Screenwriter Maya Forbes makes her directorial debut with Infinitely Polar Bear, an exploration...

  • Manglehorn | Review

    Locks of Love: Pacino Engrosses in Slight Narrative from Green David Gordon Green continues his examination of masculine relationships in Manglehorn, an adaptation from first...

  • Eden | Review

    In The Garden Of Garage: Hansen-Løve Recounts Brother’s Coming of Age During the Rise of House Music Thanks to her brother Sven’s involvement in the popularization...

  • The Wanted 18 | Review

    Got Milk? Cowan & Shomali See The Glass Half Full, Celebrating Community Action In Beit Sahour With Stop-Motion Paul Cowan and Amer Shomali’s partially animated docu-drama,...

  • Day Out of Days | 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival Review

    Days Go By: Cassavetes Returns with Industry Commentary It’s a tale as old as cinema itself, the dismissive and apathetic attitude towards ageing women in...

  • People, Places, Things | 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival Review

    Here in the Noun: Strouse’s Familiar, Charming RomCom The kids are basically all right in People, Places, Things, director James C. Strouse’s third outing as...

  • The Tribe | Review

    Get the Picture: Slaboshpitsky’s Excellent, Memorably Pronounced Debut In a sea of derivative cinematic components, wholly original ideas seem few and far between. In a...

  • The 11th Hour | Review

    Sweet Child of Mine: Basinger Buoys Bizarre Psycho Drama Danish director Anders Morgenthaler (Princess, 2006) returns with The 11th Hour, a strange, psychological drama with...

  • Madame Bovary | Review

    Good Time Gal: Barthes’ Sensible Remake of Flaubert’s Classic Novel Few literary protagonists have reached the heights of notability as the infamous Madame Bovary, from...

  • Jurassic World | Review

    Nice Splice: Narrative Hasn’t Evolved in Trevorrow’s Dino Reboot If there’s one aspect depicting the fickle nature of the human consumer the latest chapter in...

  • Set Fire to the Stars | Review

    Suffer the First Vision: Goddard’s Debut Anchored in Episode of Literary Distress Doomed Welsh poet Dylan Thomas gets a contemporary biopic treatment in Set Fire...

  • Chagall-Malevich | Review

    Painter Man: Mitta’s Return to Filmmaking a Lofty, Honeycombed History Lesson Ungainly and distractingly saccharine, Russian auteur Aleksandr Mitta returns with Chagall-Malevich, a whimsical biopic...

  • The Stranger | Review

    Stranger Danger: Roth & Amoedo Unveil Derivative Inclinations Director Eli Roth continues his collaboration with the South American crew from Aftershock (2012), by producing writer...