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Blood Relatives Review - 2022 Noah Segan Movie Film on Shudder

Review: Noah Segan’s ‘Blood Relatives’

“‘Blood Relatives’ is constantly in conversation with past vampire works without feeling the need to signpost its references. Segan is confident in the material, both onscreen and off.”

She Said Review - 2022 Maria Schrader Movie Film

Maria Schrader Dramatizes a Contemporary Reckoning in ‘She Said’

“Condensing, combining and streamlining are expected elements of movie storytelling, but ‘She Said’ works toward a composite that validates as many facts and details as possible within the limitations of the feature film format.”

Hi I'm Blake Review - 2022 Jon Michael Simpson Documentary Film

Review: Jon Michael Simpson’s ‘Hi I’m Blake’

“‘Hi I’m Blake’ has a profound, encouraging lifeforce, especially when Jeff McQuitty and Hanan Townshend’s hard-hitting crescendos complement the subject’s perseverance.”

To the Moon Review - 2021 Scott Friend Movie Film

Review: Scott Friend’s ‘To the Moon’

“‘To the Moon’ is the rare low-budget indie that delivers the goods across the board.”

The Pez Outlaw Review - 2022 Documentary Film by Amy Bandlien Storkel and Bryan Storkel

Review: Amy Bandlien Storkel and Bryan Storkel’s ‘The Pez Outlaw’

“In ‘The Pez Outlaw,’ the Storkels include enough material centered on the durable and enchanting romance between Glew and wife Kathy to keep viewers firmly on his side.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Review - 2022 Ryan Coogler Movie Film

Review: Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

“‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ is a superhero movie with a lot to say and do, paced well for a film over 160 minutes long, but it still dumbs itself down at times because either the director or studio simply doesn’t trust the audience.”

Dylan & Zoey Review - 2022 Matt Sauter Movie Film

Review: Matt Sauter’s ‘Dylan & Zoey’

“Acting coaches should take a look at Dylan & Zoey’s bathroom monologue scene… this is the type of cinema that I’m always looking for.”

On Mimi Parker, ‘HEY WHAT’ and the Elevations of Low

“The lasting effect of Low’s music has never been more present than on ‘HEY WHAT.'”

Peter Cook Essay

Mystical Ennui: Peter Cook at a Distance

“Peter Cook was never able to bridge the distance between his personal world and his many creations, and one gets the impression that he derived a certain satisfaction from keeping people guessing.”

Catherine Called Birdy Review - 2022 Lena Dunham Movie Film on Amazon

Review: Lena Dunham’s ‘Catherine Called Birdy’

“Dunham delivers the most polished and confident feature of the four she has made so far…”

I'm Not the River Jhelum Interview - 2022 Prabhash Chandra Movie Film

An Interview with ‘I’m Not the River Jhelum’ Filmmaker Prabhash Chandra

‘I’m Not the River Jhelum’ Interview: Dipankar Sarkar discusses the 2022 movie with filmmaker Prabhash Chandra.

Exposing Muybridge Review - 2021 Marc Shaffer Documentary

Marc Shaffer Explores the Legend of Helios in ‘Exposing Muybridge’

“At just under 90 minutes, ‘Exposing Muybridge’ doesn’t wear out its welcome, but there are a few aspects of the subject’s colorful legacy that could have used more detail and consideration.”

Hellraiser Essay - 1987 Clive Barker Movie Film

Tearing ‘Hellraiser’ Apart to Its Artistic Core

“Hellraiser’s creators channel the works of Francis Bacon, Walter Sickert, Allen Jones and Zdzisław Beksiński. These impressionist and surrealist craftsmen, like Barker and Randel, expose the horrors of their lifetime to the populace at large.”

Meet Me in the Bathroom Review - 2022 Documentary

A Reductive Montage of Love: ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’

“‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ succeeds when viewed as a celebratory snapshot of the Big Apple’s pre-9/11 rock youth. Still, the overall approach feels off and somewhat uninspired.”

Powai Interview - 2022 Kuldip Patel Movie Film

An Interview with ‘Powai’ Filmmaker Kuldip Patel

‘Powai’ Interview: Dipankar Sarkar discusses the 2022 movie with filmmaker Kuldip Patel.

Saint Omer Review - 2022 Alice Diop Movie Film

London Film Festival Review: Alice Diop’s ‘Saint Omer’

“‘Saint Omer’ isn’t a film that looks at gendered and racial dynamics in the courtroom; it’s a film that looks at the ideological puppet strings that define those gendered and racial dynamics beyond immediate visibility.”

Both Sides of the Blade Review - 2022 Claire Denis Movie Film

‘Both Sides of the Blade’: Claire Denis and Juliette Binoche Team Again in Silver Bear Winner

“Be it film, novel, poem or song, the triangle is one of the most frequent tropes in storytelling. Denis is such a gifted moviemaker, though, that cliche is absent from the precise and specific moments inside her intelligently constructed universe.”

White Noise Review - 2022 Noah Baumbach Netflix Movie Film

London Film Festival Review: Noah Baumbach’s ‘White Noise’

“At its best, Noah Baumbach’s impressive and thoroughly decent adaptation of ‘White Noise’ interestingly discusses people’s relatable ownership of secrets yet complete inability to internalize them.”

Wild Essay - 2016 Nicolette Krebitz Movie Love

Back and Forth and All Around Through Hell and Rain: Nicolette Krebitz’s ‘Wild’

“‘Wild’ is a strong showcase for Stangenberg, an actress who embodies a specific kind of sorrow.”

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Review - 2022 Laura Poitras Documentary

London Film Festival Review: Laura Poitras’ ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’

“Poitras avoids melodrama, catharsis and sensationalism in ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed.’ The result is acutely devastating.”