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Manuela Lazic

TIFF 2018 Review: Peter Farrelly’s ‘Green Book’

“‘Green Book’ becomes more than a comforting story of a friendship that today would actually be perfectly likely when its baseline intersectionality shows its limits.”

TIFF 2018 Review: Felix Van Groeningen’s ‘Beautiful Boy’

“‘Beautiful Boy’ occasionally veers into prevention video territory, but the despair and forced acceptance that David goes through show a side of fatherhood that cinema rarely confronts. Sometimes, your child has to help himself.”

Mid90s Movie Review - 2018 Jonah Hill Film

TIFF 2018 Review: Jonah Hill’s ‘Mid90s’

“The influence of Larry Clark’s 1995 cult film ‘Kids’ may be all over ‘Mid90s,’ but Hill has a more tender and perhaps more realistic approach of his young subjects: they are smart enough to know when they’re going too far.”

TIFF 2018 Review: Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’

“For a film revolving around an actor destroyed by a bad reputation, ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ remains frustratingly vague about the media’s indiscretions that bring John’s downfall.”

Widows Movie Review - 2018 Steve McQueen Film

TIFF 2018 Review: Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

“‘Widows’ offers the thrills and the feelings, the political and the sentimental corruption, the men but also, and especially, the women behind them, who will do anything for love, but won’t do that.”

TIFF 2018 Review: Brady Corbet’s ‘Vox Lux’

“By being so lazy and aggressive with his judgment of pop culture, Corbet ends up making a film that is bland in its anger, annoying in its attacks and ridiculous in its contempt for its characters and audience.”

TIFF 2018 Review: Sara Colangelo’s ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’

“‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ is purposefully not a comfortable watch, but it satisfies in many ways. Not only is its central character an imperfect woman, but she also expresses her palpable rage in a strange and fascinating form of intellectual violence.”

You Gotta Act: The Wild Innocence of Melanie Griffith

“With her beauty– but more importantly, her natural ease and irresistible girlishness — Melanie Griffith presented a form of femininity ideally suited to a specific time of the late 1980s.”

You Gotta Act: The Extreme Sincerity of Meredith Hagner

“Here’s to hoping that Meredith Hagner will continue to make us laugh while taking her ludicrous characters seriously for many more years, just like Marilyn Monroe did before her.”

You Gotta Act: John Cusack’s Passionate and Pragmatic Approach to His Craft

“Looking at Cusack’s entire body of work helps one realise that, with age and experience, he has built an increasingly complex and multifaceted persona, playing off his image in order to counter expectations and, probably, to remain excited by his job.”

You Gotta Act: It’s Paul Rudd’s Time

“The sentiment that Hollywood doesn’t respect comedy persists, but Rudd is living proof that laughter is the secret to eternal youth.”

Cannes Film Festival Review: Matteo Garrone’s ‘Dogman’

“Garrone is more sorry for Marcello’s corruption than he is frustrated by his naivety.”

Cannes Film Festival Review: Wanuri Kahiu’s ‘Rafiki’

“Without being didactic or simplistic, Kahiu shows the widely different ways in which the people around the girls react to their affection to suggest that, although not all Kenyans are homophobic today, lives are still ruined by a pervasive intolerance.”

Cannes Film Festival Review: Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s ‘Birds of Passage’

“Guerra and Gallego may not have reproduced the surreal images from ‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ but their determination to preserve the history of those who capitalism has destroyed remains as strong and necessary as ever.”

Critics in Conversation: Talking about Filmmakers and Talking with Them

Manuela Lazic and Adam Nayman on Conducting Interviews and Writing about Directors

Critics in Conversation: The Critic and the Actor

In the second part of a three-chapter conversation conducted over months via a large Google Doc, Manuela Lazic and Adam Nayman discuss acting and how film critics interpret performances.

Critics in Conversation: Manuela Lazic and Adam Nayman – First Cinematic Loves, Current Inspirations and Finding Your Voice

In the first part of a three-chapter conversation conducted over months via a large Google Doc, film critics Manuela Lazic and Adam Nayman discuss what makes a writer’s voice, colleagues that keep inspiring them and how, a generation apart, they became interested in movies and writing.

‘Fatal Attraction’ at 30

“Lyne does not believe in the ‘New Man.'”