Category: Film Reviews

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.”

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…”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

She Said Review - 2022 Maria Schrader Movie Film

London Film Festival Review: Maria Schrader’s ‘She Said’

“It is hard to partake in the self-congratulatory tone of She Said’s conclusion.”

Halloween Ends Review - 2022 David Gordon Green Film

Review: David Gordon Green’s ‘Halloween Ends’

“‘Halloween Ends’ succeeds or fails on the strength of Campbell’s performance, and the young, relatively new performer is a revelation.”

Moonage Daydream Review - 2022 David Bowie Documentary

Brett Morgen Keeps His ‘Lectric Eye on the Iconic David Bowie in ‘Moonage Daydream’

“‘Moonage Daydream’ is committed to art and artist. With few exceptions, like the acknowledgement of Bowie’s love for Iman, private life stays private.”

One Fine Morning Review - 2022 Mia Hansen-Løve Movie Film

London Film Festival Review: Mia Hansen-Løve’s ‘One Fine Morning’

“‘One Fine Morning’ is an exercise in comparatively calm, delicate cinema. It balances serenity with pathos and never strays from realism, in contradistinction to Hansen-Løve’s previous film — the highly metafictional, altogether more playful ‘Bergman Island.'”

Nothing Compares Review - 2022 Sinéad O'Connor Showtime Documentary

‘Nothing Compares’: Kathryn Ferguson Covers Sinéad O’Connor in Strong Music Doc

“Ferguson applies remarkable editorial skill to make judicious choices regarding what to keep in ‘Nothing Compares’ and what to omit.”

Blue Jean Review - 2022 Georgia Oakley Movie Film

London Film Festival Review: Georgia Oakley’s ‘Blue Jean’

“Oakley constructs a landscape in ‘Blue Jean’ that responds to the cruelty of real society with a stark generosity. As a result, the audience is invited to sympathize with as many characters as possible.”