Category: 2020s

Glob Lessons Movie Film

Interview with ‘Glob Lessons’ Filmmakers Nicole Rodenburg and Colin Froeber

Dominic Erickson Interviews ‘Glob Lessons’ Filmmakers Nicole Rodenburg and Colin Froeber

The Carnivores Movie Review - 2020 Caleb Michael Johnson Film

Review: Caleb Michael Johnson’s ‘The Carnivores’

“Johnson doesn’t create a specific sense of place in ‘The Carnivores,’ nor does he develop the characters into anything more than cyphers for American angst that a million Sundance films have delivered before.”

Our Ladies Movie Film

Review: Michael Caton-Jones’ ‘Our Ladies’

“‘Our Ladies’ may resonate with those appreciative of the 90s, but the film’s lack of critical insight on the gender politics of negotiating sex undermines its purported feminism…”

Nayattu Movie Film

Interview with ‘Nayattu’ Screenwriter Shahi Kabir

Dipankar Sarkar Interviews ‘Nayattu’ Screenwriter Shahi Kabir

Summer of Soul Documentary

Review: Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)’

“Questlove assembles the wide range of elements with the skill of a seasoned scholar and practitioner, blending songs with memories in a master mix made especially challenging given the staggering amount of talent and the desire to tell the accompanying story.”

Against the Current Documentary

Review: Óskar Páll Sveinsson’s ‘Against the Current’

“With unparalleled imagery from the air of Iceland’s stunning coast, ‘Against the Current’ is, quite simply, a pleasure to watch.”

Threshold Movie Film

Review: Powell Robinson and Patrick Robert Young’s ‘Threshold’

“For all its islands of promise, ‘Threshold’ is really just a passable family addiction drama with horror elements that are never fully realized.”

Werewolves Within Movie Film

Review: Josh Ruben’s ‘Werewolves Within’

“‘Werewolves Within’ has a puckish charm that’s difficult to resist. In spite of everything working against it, Ruben’s movie is eminently watchable thanks in large part to the brilliant cast, led confidently by Richardson.”

Slow Machine Movie Review - 2020 Joe Denardo and Paul Felten Film

Review: Joe Denardo and Paul Felten’s ‘Slow Machine’

“The conspiratorial is everywhere in ‘Slow Machine’ but doesn’t come into focus.”

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It Documentary

Review: Mariem Pérez Riera’s ‘Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It’

“With ‘Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It,’ Pérez Riera strikes the right balance of ‘then-and-now’ throughout the fast-moving, 90-minute running time.”

Sublet Movie Film

Review: Eytan Fox’s ‘Sublet’

“‘Sublet’ is a well-done film that manages to fuse different cultures and stories through its central romantic fling, renting its short running time for a meaningful, if imperfect experience.”

Les nôtres Movie Film

Review: Jeanne Leblanc’s ‘Les nôtres’

“A stunning and suffocating Quebecois drama, ‘Les nôtres’ spotlights the exquisite directorial form of filmmaker Jeanne Leblanc and the industry potential of lead actress Emilie Bierre.”

The Justice of Bunny King

Tribeca 2021 Review: Gaysorn Thavat’s ‘The Justice of Bunny King’

“The single element that carries ‘The Justice of Bunny King’ – as well as saves it during its spottier moments – is Davis, who gives a performance so good that it cements her as being in the top tier of film actors currently working.”

Lamya's Poem Movie Film

Annecy International Animated Film Festival Review: Alexander Kronemer’s ‘Lamya’s Poem’

“‘Lamya’s Poem’ is best suited for streaming distribution since the documentarian Kronemer only shows a trying ability to accomplish theatrical flair. Still, a parent viewing the film with children can surrender to its spell and ambition, and forgive its lags.”

Italian Studies Movie Film

Tribeca 2021 Review: Adam Leon’s ‘Italian Studies’

“If ‘Italian Studies’ is indeed a film about mental illness, with Alina suffering from a fugue state, Kirby’s performance is brilliantly subtle, as it never slides into showy grandstanding or Oscar-baiting dramatics.”

The Sparks Brothers Documentary

Review: Edgar Wright’s ‘The Sparks Brothers’

“Built to impress longtime listeners and new ears alike, Wright’s love letter to Ron and Russell Mael complements the sensibilities of the masterminds behind glories like ‘Kimono My House’ and ‘Angst in My Pants.'”

The Djinn Movie Film

Review: David Charbonier and Justin Powell’s ‘The Djinn’

“The Djinn’s central performance is a demonically excellent tour de force, and the work’s inclusion of Islamic folklore is a welcome presence in the Christian-dominated sphere of demon-related American horror films.”

Mark, Mary & Some Other People Movie Film

Tribeca 2021 Review: Hannah Marks’ ‘Mark, Mary & Some Other People’

“‘Mark, Mary & Some Other People’ ultimately has little to say on the big, unwieldy ethical topics it brings up, but it successfully paints a picture of how cluttered and confused dating continues to be…”

In the Heights Movie Review - 2021 Jon M. Chu Film

Review: Jon M. Chu’s ‘In the Heights’

“‘In the Heights’ is far from a smooth transition from stage to screen, but the film remains an infectiously charming tale of community, and a far more incisive piece of social commentary than one might expect from the creator of ‘Hamilton.'”

Censor Movie Film

Review: Prano Bailey-Bond’s ‘Censor’

“‘Censor’ is an attention-grabbing debut whose true impact will likely only be felt with each subsequent viewing as the inner workings of the film’s darkest moments become clearer. Absolutely essential.”