Reviews

  • The Student | Review

    Class Act: Serebrennikov Illustrates the Perils of Fundamentalism Kirill Serebrennikov, one of several rising auteurs from Russia’s troubling political regime, reaches his widest platform yet...

  • The Fate of the Furious | Review

    Fated Attraction: Gray Delivers the Expected in Mind Numbing Franchise Entry Following the box office success of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, his most relevant in...

  • My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea | Review

    Teenage Dirtbag, Baby: Shaw’s Odd, Amusing Portrait of Stylized Teen Angst If some teenage version of Reading Rainbow coughed up a hallucinatory fever dream into...

  • Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

    Fixer Downer: Cedar Unleashes Fascinating Portrait of Aggravating Underdog There’s an unshakeable sadness to Israeli director Joseph Cedar’s English language debut Norman: The Moderate Rise...

  • The Lost City of Z | Review

    Zed and Buried: Gray’s Period Adventure a Meticulous Throwback of Epic Filmmaking American auteur James Gray unveils his most provocative film yet with the painstaking,...

  • The Ticket | Review

    To Gain the World: Fluk’s Allegorical Fairy Tale Treads Perfunctory Territory Pope Francis described materialism as ‘spiritual cancer’ in that the idolatry of earthly possessions...

  • Their Finest | Review

    A Screen of Their Own: Scherfig Concocts Winning WWII Romantic Comedy Danish director Lone Scherfig, best known for her Dogme 95 breakout Italian for Beginners...

  • Aftermath | Review

    No Highway in the Sky: Lester’s Inane Exploitation of Compounded Grief Director Elliott Lester takes a hard left into slipshod terrain with his latest feature,...

  • Truman | Review

    The Dog Stops Here: Gay’s Subtle Drama Grapples with Saying Goodbye Although it offers nothing thematically new on the clichéd scenario of the disease film,...

  • Colossal | Review

    Seoul of the Matter: Vigalondo’s Environmental Impact Creature Feature Unique but Wonky Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo scores major points for ambition and uniqueness in his...

  • The Assignment | Review

    A Dish Best Served Bold: Hill’s Revenge-Thriller a Sleazy Mix of Action and Body Horror Grindhouse groupies will have something to celebrate with the latest...

  • Ghost in the Shell | Review

    Dispirited Away: Sanders Succeeds with Somber Live-Action Remake of Cult Manga The essence of Masamune Shirow’s 1989 cult manga Ghost in the Shell automatically lends...

  • Cezanne et Moi | Review

    Their Brilliant Careers: Thompson’s Flavorless Exploration of Famed Friendship Those hoping for an invigorating comeback from Daniele Thompson following her egregiously ludicrous It Happened in...

  • The Zookeeper’s Wife | Review

    My Antonina: Chastain Saves the Day in Glossy Holocaust Drama As a byproduct of commodifying historical based cinema, we’ve become numb and desensitized to depictions...

  • Life | Review

    In Space No One Can See You Steal: Espinosa Imitates another Celluloid Form The vastness of space and the limitlessness of the universe are abstract,...

  • I, Olga Hepnarova | Review

    Gray is the Cruelest Color: Kazda and Weinreb Resurrect a Murderess Unlike the hopeful social realism angle of the comparably titled Palme d’Or winning I,...

  • Metamorphoses | Review

    Europa, Europa: Honore Eloquently Updates Ovid for Masterful, Playful Adaptation There really isn’t a modern counterpart (even if Francois Ozon might come close) for the...

  • Beauty and the Beast | Review

    The Beast Must Die: Condon’s Expensive Rehash is Fairy Tale Facsimile For a film with a budget of three hundred million claiming to be the...

  • After the Storm | Review

    Together Again: Koreeda Unveils another Bittersweet Carefully Constructed Familial Melodrama For the past decade or so, Japanese auteur has conquered the market on sharply observed...

  • Song to Song | Review

    Music Makes the People: Malick Slathers Austin, Texas with Signature Emotional Ennui Fragments of lovers drowning beneath the weight of their own expectations and stagnant...