Reviews

  • Bluebird | Review

    Lives of Quiet Desperation: Edmond’s Masterful, Eloquent Debut “I stand in awe of my body. This matter to which I am bound,” is the poetic...

  • My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn | Review

    Portrait of an Artist: Corfixen’s Familial Doc an Interesting Conversation Piece There everyone was, in high anticipation at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, with Nicolas...

  • Everly | Review

    Everly, Baby: Lynch’s Grindhouse Glory Shoots Blanks If Pam Grier had starred in a 1970’s version of Oldboy directed by Jack Hill, it probably would’ve...

  • Maps to the Stars | Review

    What’s the Matter with Havana?: Cronenberg’s L.A. Story a Hot Mess of Tangled Ideas Couched within its episodic instances of harpooning Hollywood stereotypes, there is...

  • Queen and Country | Review

    Tour of Duty: Boorman Returns to Autobiographical Elements Now at 82 years of age, British auteur John Boorman returns with Queen and Country his first...

  • Mistress America | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Sister, My Sister: Baumbach’s Energetic Return to Facades of NYC The latest in Noah Baumbach’s prolific slew of projects, Mistress America is the follow-up collaboration...

  • The Visit | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    It’s a story that hasn’t happened yet. The Visit is advertised as a documentary but the label is rather limiting as it that dabbles in...

  • McFarland, USA | Review

    Personal Best: Caro Returns to Studio Filmmaking with Feel-Good Adaptation It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from New Zealand director Niki Caro, who...

  • All the Wilderness | Review

    Wild at Heart: Johnson’s Solipsistic, Sincere Coming-of-Age Drama Initially titled The Wilderness of James when it premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, Michael Johnson’s...

  • Cloro | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    From Twirls to Breaststrokes: Sanfelice’s Debut Retains Rhythm but Keeps Distance Utilizing the seldomly spotlighted sport of synchronized swimming as the backdrop, Cloro serves as...

  • Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine | Review

    Far Away So Close: Josue Pays Personal Homage to Memory of Murdered Friend His name now synonymous with progressive social policy, Matthew Shepard, the young...

  • Fifty Shades of Grey | Review

    Ties That Bind: Taylor-Johnson’s Erotic Adaptation Forgoes a Glimpse of Eros Playful marketing provocations, heralded by the succinct tagline “Curious?” standing out beneath black and...

  • Ten Thousand Saints | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    East Village Ennui: Coming of Age Story Displaced, Too Hip For Own Good A coming of age narrative comprised of the familiar: teen angst, frustration,...

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service | Review

    Eggsy’s Game: Vaughn’s Hyperviolent Reinterpretation of the Super Spy Caper While a release in February doesn’t speak highly of Twentieth Century Fox’s hopes for the...

  • A Place on Earth | Review

    While You Were Peeping: Godet’s Elegy Brimming with Belabored Emotion With his sophomore directorial effort, Fabienne Godet’s A Place on Earth (Une place sur la...

  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem | Review

    Horse & Carriage: The Elkabetzs’ Kafkaesque Interpretation of So-Called Sacred Institution The third film in a trilogy examining the relationship between a husband and wife...

  • Amira & Sam | Review

    The Misfits: Mullin’s Modest, Yet Conventionally Charming Debut Director Sean Mullin makes his directorial debut with Amira & Sam, a modest, carefully performed New York...

  • What We Do in the Shadows | Review

    Friends Forever: Clement & Waititi’s Pleasantly Charming Vampiric Mock-Doc That immortal cinematic archetype, the vampire, has once again been commandeered into the periphery of independent...

  • Western | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Fractured Frontier: Ross Bros. Witness Bordertowns Running Afoul Under Threat of Storm Clouds & Cartels The brothers Ross, Bill and Turner, have been rightly hailed...

  • Da Sweet Blood of Jesus | Review

    S’Blood: Lee’s Facsimile of Bill Gunn an Odd Satisfaction Surprisingly, after the failure of his 2013 remake of Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, provocateur Spike Lee’s latest,...