Thursday, February 21, 2019

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...

On the Seventh Day uses cinema to transport viewer to reality...

As the politics of illegal immigration saturates the news, it's refreshing to see a film that focuses on illegal immigrants but never leans into...

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...