Reviews

  • Sun Choke | Review

    Choke Up the Sun: Cresciman’s Dubious Deliberation on the Female Psyche Mentally unstable women with fragile personalities formulate a vibrant subgenre of their own across...

  • Little Men | Review

    Gentrified Agreement: Sachs’ Poignant Examination of a Childhood Friendship For his sixth feature, Ira Sachs returns to Brooklyn with Little Men, a perceptive study of...

  • Suicide Squad | Review

    Monsters, Inc.: Ayer’s DC Comic Mashup is All Bark and No Bite Try as he might, director David Ayer’s valiant efforts to counter the onslaught...

  • Equity | Review

    Greed is God: Menon Crafts Terse, Uneven Femme-Centric Wall Street Noir Meera Menon follows up her 2013 road-trip comedy Farah Goes Bang with a low-fi...

  • Jason Bourne | Review

    Bourne Again Again: Greengrass Returns to Action Franchise with Middling Results Director Paul Greengrass returns to the Robert Ludlum action franchise he inherited from Doug...

  • Criterion Collection: Muriel, or The Time of Return | Blu-ray Review

    War, in some shape, way, or form, was infused in most of the famed early works of New Wave auteur Alain Resnais, who broke out...

  • Crimes of Passion | Blu-ray Review

    “Save your soul, whore!” cries Anthony Perkins’ crackpot street preacher in the first several minutes of Ken Russell’s infamous and endlessly provocative 1984 film Crimes...

  • Star Trek Beyond | Review

    Back to Basics: Lin Takes Another Franchise Where It Has Bravely Gone Before Director Justin Lin (Fast and Furious installments three, four, five, and six)...

  • 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...