Thursday, September 20, 2018

We the Animals delivers honesty in director Jeremiah Zagar’s raw approach...

Suffused in earthy atmosphere, director Jeremiah Zagar's meticulous yet breezy feature film debut We the Animals is a worthy adaptation of Justin Torres’ smart, savage...

The Little Stranger tangles with ghosts of the past and future

Ghosts don’t actually exist, but the ghosts that haunt The Little Stranger are as real as can ever be depicted in a work of...

Nico, 1988 an end-of-life drama of washed up rock star

There’s never been anything upbeat about dramas featuring protagonists addicted to heroin. The sad place where musician/model/actress Nico (born Christa Päffgen in Cologne, Germany)...

The Third Murder uses stories to subvert what may be true

With The Third Murder, Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda turns from his usual examination of family dynamics to something more nebulous. As much as the...

BlacKkKlansman explores racism in the ’70s to highlight its persistence today

Besides it being a fine film, the reason BlacKkKlansman won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is as political a statement...

The Day After captures loneliness of being with other people

As much as Hong Sang-soo’s latest film The Day After features people in conversation, hardly does a movie ever capture how alone people really...

Eighth Grade captures desire for acknowledgment with a dash of humor

Despite having been directed by a comedian, Eighth Grade may stand as one of the starkest movies you'll see about entering your teenage years....

Surreal Sorry to Bother You takes no prisoners

Sorry to bother you, but I’ll keep this short and promise to allow for some insight into the socially conscious, surrealist feature debut by...

Leave No Trace explores a drama of codependency with naturalism and...

It has been eight years since Winter's Bone introduced Hollywood to Jennifer Lawrence. Everyone knows how that career has gone. In the meantime, that...

2001: A Space Odyssey 50 years later on 70mm still transcendent

For all the writing I’ve done on the science fiction masterpiece that is Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic adaptation of 2001: A Space Odyssey (see the...