Sunday, July 22, 2018

Ava explores familiar drama with powerful yet unobtrusive cinematic skill

The struggle that pits mother against teenage daughter transcends borders and cultures. Moviegoers in the U.S. found this familiar drama most recently expertly told...

Damsel’s strong performers can’t help well-intended, quirky but moribund script

Beneath the surface of the quirky, surreal sight gags of Damsel, like Robert Pattinson dressed in dandyish cowboy wear leading a miniature horse by...

American Animals breaks documentary, dramatization boundaries to reveal weight of regret

With American Animals, Bart Layton, the director of the profound documentary The Imposter (The Imposter is one mind-bending documentary), brings dramatization to the fore...

Best movies of 2018 – first half with Annihilation leading

Here we are at the halfway point of 2018, where I make sure to have to have at the ready a working list of...

Mary Shelley: repressive times makes for repressive movies

After bursting onto the world cinema scene with Wadja, Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first woman from Saudi Arabia to direct a feature film, returns with...

Cold Water reveals early, dark vision of Assayas

A long time before French filmmaker Olivier Assayas gave us Something in the Air (Something in the Air presents vibrant picture of youth in...

Solo: A Star Wars Story gives the franchise some overdue grit

It took Ron Howard to direct the Star Wars movie I had hoped Rian Johnson would have delivered after Looper (Film Review: Looper smartens up...

The Rider captures drama through empathetic neo-realism and stirring imagery

After lucidly presenting a family drama on an Indian reservation in her debut feature, Songs My Brother Taught Me (Songs My Brothers Taught Me...

Let the Sunshine In illustrates the importance of self-love in loving...

"Desire is a relation to being to lack. The lack is the lack of being properly speaking. It is not the lack of this...

Godard Mon Amour depicts France’s most serious director with biting humor

According to New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, fans of Jean-Luc Godard will hate-watch the new movie Godard Mon Amour by French director...