Reviews

  • Man Down | Review

    Little Drummer Boy: Montiel’s Misguided and Manipulative PTSD Allegory Since his autobiographical 2006 debut A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, director Dito Montiel has been...

  • I Am Not Madame Bovary | Review

    What Women Want: Feng’s Lusciously Filmed Satire a Wearying Critique on Cultural Custom Prolific Chinese director Xiaogang Feng, whose films are often well-regarded box office...

  • The Eyes of My Mother | Review

    And Soon the Darkness: Pesce’s Debut a Superbly Stylized Nightmare If Portugal were the portal to some Lynchian netherworld of dreams deferred, it would look...

  • Rules Don’t Apply | Review

    The Showgirl and the Driver: Beatty’s Romantic Reconstruction of Eccentric Entrepreneur’s Latter Days Considering his iconic contributions and sterling reputation in cinema, breaking out over...

  • Evolution | Review

    Island of Lost Boys: Hadzihalilovic’s Triumphant Return to Enigmatic Filmmaking French director Lucile Hadzihalilovic returns to the director’s seat for the first time since 2004’s...

  • Bad Santa 2 | Review

    Regifted Goods: Waters Takes the Reigns for Unnecessary Sequel There’s an art to vulgar comedy, requiring a sly talent for successfully presenting off color humor...

  • Allied | Review

    Only Lovers Left Alive: Zemeckis Mounts Handsome Production atop Warbling Wartime Romance Of all the gin joints in town, he had to walk into hers....

  • Free Fire | 2016 BFI London Film Festival Review

    Gunfight at Boston, MA: Wheatley’s Portrait of a Vicious Shootout Massachusetts, 1970s. More precisely, the docks of Boston, where plans for a weapons trade at...

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Review

    Beasts of Burden: Yates Falters in CGI Heavy Harry Potter Prequel After taking a break from adapting Harry Potter films (he was responsible for the...

  • Manchester by the Sea | Review

    The Fire Last Time: Lonergan’s Austere Portrait of Razed Emotions in Chilly New England Kenneth Lonergan musters yet another masterful portrait of pervasive trauma with...

  • Dark Night | 2016 AFI Film Festival Review

    Night of Your Life: Sutton Explores Tragedy as Intersecting Connective Tissue The sentiment behind Paul Haggis’ 2005 Best Picture Winner Crash, in which various disparate...

  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk | Review

    Walk the Line: Lee’s Technological Prowess Yearns for More Than Earnest Wartime Narrative Can Deliver For his first venture since 2012 Oscar winner Life of...

  • Hunter Gatherer | Review

    Happy-Go-Lucky: Locy’s Odd, High-Spirited Portrait of a Scam Artist A mere glance at the extensive list of executive producers (which includes David Gordon Green, Jody...

  • The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography | 2016 Toronto Int. Film Festival Review

    Big Pictures Worth A Thousand Words: Morris and Dorfman Dig Through The Archives Errol Morris’s interest in still photography is no secret, having written the Penguin...

  • Elle | Review

    Losing Her Religion: Verhoeven Directs a Fearless Huppert in Provocative Psychological Thriller Arriving with a knotty snarl of perverse commentary, Dutch auteur Paul Verhoeven proves...

  • Arrival | Review

    Future Perfect: Villeneuve Crafts a Poetic Close Encounter Using language and communication as a fertile metaphor, Denis Villeneuve situates complex ideas into streamlined composition with...

  • Almost Christmas | Review

    Do You Hear What I Hear?: Talbert’s Holiday Themed Dramedy Features Talented Cast in Contrived Scenario One of several connotations with the popularized subgenre of...

  • The Love Witch | Review

    Busty Black Magic: Biller’s Feminist Sexploitation Cinema Serving as a satire on pulp serials and brimming with all of the elements that would make Russ...

  • Dog Eat Dog | Review

    Hot in Cleveland: Schrader Returns with Gritty, Entertaining Crime Drama The dog days aren’t over, or so it would seem in director Paul Schrader’s glorious...

  • Trash Fire | Review

    Trash Humping: Bates Deliver Unkempt Dysfunctional Family Thriller Director Richard Bates Jr. cuts a bit too deeply with third feature Trash Fire, a film which...