Reviews

  • Don’t Think Twice | Review

    Funnier People: Birbiglia’s Sincere Dramedy Examines Failure, Success Comedian Mike Birbiglia’s sophomore directorial effort Don’t Think Twice is a rather melancholy, ambitious rendering of the...

  • Summertime | Review

    An Affair to Remember: Corsini’s Enjoyable, Brightly Hued Period Piece Catherine Corsini returns with her ninth feature film, Summertime (La Belle Saison), an early 70s...

  • Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie | Review

    Filth and Wisdom: Saunders and Lumley Can’t Get Back to Where They Started From This wheel doesn’t so much as explode as it does simply...

  • Train to Busan | Review

    Here Comes the Train Again: Sang-ho’s Live Action Debut Heavy on Tropes Zombie contagion sweeps over South Korea while a random band of survivors struggle...

  • The Childhood of a Leader | Review

    The Children Are Watching Us: Corbet’s Chilling Directorial Debut Contemplates Familial Fascism Potent psychological complexity often feels compromised in favor of establishing easy to understand...

  • The Whispering Star | 2016 Japan Cuts Film Festival Review

    The Human Factor: Sono’s Somber Allusions to the Allegory of the Cave When one contemplates the continuously expanding filmography of Japanese auteur Sion Sono, hyperbolic...

  • Outlaws and Angels | Review

    For a Few Hollers More: Mollner’s Retro Western a Few Cents Short on the Dollar Opening with Psalm 104:21, “They seek their meat from God,”...

  • The Infiltrator | Review

    Undercover Blues: Furman’s By-the-Numbers Thrills Enhanced by Cranston Certain performers manage an incalculable hook into material otherwise hampered by cliché and familiarity, something accomplished with...

  • Ghostbusters | Review

    Dose of a Ghost: Feig Delivers Funny, Feminized Franchise Entry Overshadowed by the ill will of an alarmingly misogynist fanboy culture since its initial inception,...

  • Café Society | Review

    The Beautiful and the Consigned: Allen’s Latest Instance of Compromised Love Like all of Woody Allen’s features over the decades, his latest examination of humans...

  • Equals | Review

    Sweet Emotion: Doremus Does Dystopia on Enjoyable, Recognizable Canvas Emotions cannot be controlled, but they also cannot be allowed to control you. At least, that...

  • Our Little Sister | Review

    Sisters Doing It For Themselves: Kore-eda’s Continued Examination of Polite Familial Discord Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda returns with Our Little Sister (aka Umimachi Diary), another...

  • The Legend of Tarzan | Review

    Monkey See, Monkey Do: Seditious Subtexts of the White Savior in Latest Tarzan Adaptation Certain properties are best left alone, allowed to exist in the...

  • Private Property (1960) | Review

    Piece of the Pie: Stevens’ Psychosexual Drama Gets Revamped The poster tagline for Leslie Stevens’ 1960 directorial debut Private Property says it all, proclaiming the...

  • Carnage Park | Review

    Carnage Knowledge: Keating’s Halfhearted Shot at Grindhouse not a Fine Vintage For his fourth feature, indie genre director Mickey Keating attempts a vintage crime/horror mash-up...

  • Microbe and Gasoline | Review #2

    Boys of Summer: Gondry Dials Down the Mayhem for Gentle Road Film If Michel Gondry’s latest film Microbe and Gasoline can potentially be regarded as...

  • Microbe and Gasoline | Review #1

    Whimsy with Measure: Gondry’s Reflection on Youth and Imagination There are certain expectations that come with a Gondry film; his trademarks have helped to define such...

  • Septembers of Shiraz | Review

    Iran, So Far Away: Blair’s Simplistic, Tedious Period Portrait of Iran One glance at the headlining cast of Septembers of Shiraz should indicate a sense...

  • Free State of Jones | Review

    The Newton Men: Ross Emancipates History Lesson from Obscurity At a point in time, a dramatic reenactment of a provocative but overlooked American Civil War...

  • The Neon Demon | Review

    Death Walks on High Heels: Refn Delves Daftly into the Los Angeles Fashion Demimonde To reference John Waters’ definition of beauty, “a face should jolt,...