Reviews

  • Exodus: Gods and Kings | Review

    Death on the Nile: Scott’s Biblical Epic Unworthy of the Gods Arriving just in time for ritual slaughter is Ridley Scott’s update on the Moses...

  • Dying of the Light | Review

    Does Not Go Quietly: Schrader’s Latest Tampered Product Veteran film director and screenwriter Paul Schrader just can’t seem to catch a break. Much like the...

  • Zero Motivation | Review #2

    Band of Girls: Lavie’s Acerbic, Confident Debut Exacerbated ennui is explored to comedic effect in Tayla Lavie’s striking directorial debut, Zero Motivation, which explores life...

  • Zero Motivation | Review

    A “Staple” Female-centric Portrait: Lavie Adds Dark Charm to Bureaucratic Military Milieu With a subject so entrenched with weight and political correctness, there seems to...

  • Selma | Review

    Turnin’ the Beat Around: DuVernay’s Poignant, Passionate MLK Portrait Revitalizes Notions of Biopic Eschewing what’s come to resemble a traditional route in downplaying both the...

  • Black or White | Review

    Black to Basics: Binder’s Safely Bland Racial Message Movie The latest film from actor/director/screenwriter Mike Binder, Black or White presents us with the possibility of...

  • Pioneer | Review

    Oil!: Skjoldbjaerg’s Latest an Icy Conspiracy Thriller Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjaerg has remained a hard director to peg ever since his celebrated 1997 debut, Insomnia,...

  • Miss Julie | Review

    Touch of Class: Ullmann’s Update of Classic Text Ultimately Lifeless There are a scant few equals to the texts of playwright August Strindberg’s, his 1888...

  • Life Partners | Review

    She’s the One: Fogel’s Debut a Top Tier Examination of Co-Dependent Friendship Borrowing shades of autobiographical instances from their own lives, director Susanna Fogel and...

  • The Foxy Merkins | Review

    American Gigola: Olnek’s Hilarious Sophomore Film Reinvents the Masculine Realm of Hustler Bonding Few filmmakers are able to successfully create a distinctly unique universe of...

  • Wild | Review #2

    A Prayer for the Wild at Heart: Vallee Continues Reinvention of Lost Souls Arriving at the end of star Reese Witherspoon’s auteur binge is one...

  • Wild | Review

    Peaks and Vallée: Witherspoon Eats, Prays, Hikes When Cheryl Strayed’s memoir was released in 2012, the climate for gender politics was different. The book’s popularity soared...

  • A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness | Review

    The Brothers Ben Find Supernal Solace On The Fringe There are creative collaborations and there are perfect unions.  The newly born cinematic relationship between experimental...

  • 21 Years: Richard Linklater | Review

    Just alright, alright, alright: Friends Laud Linklater’s Adulthood Traditionally speaking, retrospectives of prominent people tend to transpire as an ode after the fact or as...

  • Butter on the Latch | Review

    Pass the Butter: Decker Cooks Up Female & Peyote Driven Experiment Serving as a statement more so than a film, Butter on the Latch, tosses...

  • Mirage | Review

    Saving the Farm: Hajdu Offers Poor Man’s 12 Years A Slave Set against sprawling plains and a dusty backdrop, Mirage (aka Délibáb) unravels as a...

  • Late Phases | Review

    Silver Bullet Band: Bogliano’s English Debut Nontransformative Nostalgia After the surprising critical success of his 2012 title Here Comes the Devil, Spanish director Adrian Garcia...

  • Once Upon a Time, Veronica | Review

    Sex and Candy: Gomes’ Wise, Intricate Character Study Arriving over two years after its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, Brazilian director Marcelo...

  • The Imitation Game | Review

    Cracking the Code: Tyldum’s English Debut Delivers Thrills Although mathematician Alan Turing OBE was responsible for creating a machine capable of solving the unsolvable Nazi...

  • The Babadook | Review

    Consequences of Grief: Kent’s Stunning Debut Wades Through Primordial Fears Satisfying genre films are generally few and far between these days, so it’s with absolute...