Reviews

  • Toni Erdmann | Review

    Tony Toni Tone: Maren Ade Returns with Profound Portrait of Estranged Family Members Comedic films coming out of Germany, at least those nabbing international acclaim...

  • I, Daniel Blake | Review

    Brexit of Champions: Loach’s Unadorned Blue Collar Melodrama Rages against the Machine As he has been doing since he became an auteur of note in...

  • A Monster Calls | Review

    Cover Up Love’s Alibi: Bayona Delivers Sensitively Portrait of Childhood Grief Rounding out a loosely themed trilogy on traumatic motherhood, director J.A. Bayona, once protégé...

  • Passengers | Review

    In Space, No One Can Hear You Snore: Tyldum Instills Insistently Dull Throb of Boredom in Sci-Fi Romance Where are they going and where have...

  • Collateral Beauty | Review

    Terms of Amusement: Frankel’s Sentimental Platitudes Ensconce Profoundly Foolish Melodrama The folly of Will Smith is he’s a performer seemingly unable to differentiate between authentic...

  • Frank & Lola | Review

    A Lover I Don’t Have to Love: Ross’ Debut Explores Troubled Romance Notions of monogamy and ownership hover on the troubling periphery of Matthew Ross’...

  • Old Stone | Review

    Stone Cold: Ma’s Bleak Debut Conveys the Uselessness of Doing the Right Thing Nice guys don’t get ahead, at least not if they’re part of...

  • Jackie | Review

    The Safety of Objects: Larrain Revisits Traumatic Chapter of Iconic First Lady There have been very few First Ladies either before or after Jacqueline Kennedy...

  • Always Shine | Review

    All About Actresses: Takal’s Flavorful Psychodrama Treads Familiar Territory As she conveyed in her 2011 debut feature Green, Sophia Takal has a particular interest in...

  • Things to Come | Review

    Things Fall Apart: Hansen-Love Crafts Superb Scenario for Huppert Director Mia Hansen-Løve breathes majestic layers of complexity into her fifth feature, Things to Come, documenting...

  • Man Down | Review

    Little Drummer Boy: Montiel’s Misguided and Manipulative PTSD Allegory Since his autobiographical 2006 debut A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, director Dito Montiel has been...

  • I Am Not Madame Bovary | Review

    What Women Want: Feng’s Lusciously Filmed Satire a Wearying Critique on Cultural Custom Prolific Chinese director Xiaogang Feng, whose films are often well-regarded box office...

  • The Eyes of My Mother | Review

    And Soon the Darkness: Pesce’s Debut a Superbly Stylized Nightmare If Portugal were the portal to some Lynchian netherworld of dreams deferred, it would look...

  • Rules Don’t Apply | Review

    The Showgirl and the Driver: Beatty’s Romantic Reconstruction of Eccentric Entrepreneur’s Latter Days Considering his iconic contributions and sterling reputation in cinema, breaking out over...

  • Evolution | Review

    Island of Lost Boys: Hadzihalilovic’s Triumphant Return to Enigmatic Filmmaking French director Lucile Hadzihalilovic returns to the director’s seat for the first time since 2004’s...

  • Bad Santa 2 | Review

    Regifted Goods: Waters Takes the Reigns for Unnecessary Sequel There’s an art to vulgar comedy, requiring a sly talent for successfully presenting off color humor...

  • Allied | Review

    Only Lovers Left Alive: Zemeckis Mounts Handsome Production atop Warbling Wartime Romance Of all the gin joints in town, he had to walk into hers....

  • Free Fire | 2016 BFI London Film Festival Review

    Gunfight at Boston, MA: Wheatley’s Portrait of a Vicious Shootout Massachusetts, 1970s. More precisely, the docks of Boston, where plans for a weapons trade at...

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Review

    Beasts of Burden: Yates Falters in CGI Heavy Harry Potter Prequel After taking a break from adapting Harry Potter films (he was responsible for the...

  • Manchester by the Sea | Review

    The Fire Last Time: Lonergan’s Austere Portrait of Razed Emotions in Chilly New England Kenneth Lonergan musters yet another masterful portrait of pervasive trauma with...