Category: 2015 Film Reviews

Review: Jason Moore’s ‘Sisters’

“Sisters is a house party film told by and from the perspective of women, and that is precisely why it succeeds.”

Review: Tetsuya Nakashima’s ‘The World of Kanako’

“For all its frenetic editing, energetic performances and twisty narrative structure, there is sadly an elephant in the room, and that’s the film’s treatment (or mistreatment) of women.”

Review: Terence Davies’ ‘Sunset Song’

“Featuring a standout performance from Agyness Dean and some of the best landscape photography since Mr. Turner, Sunset Song strikes a balance between toil and ecstasy that is at once overwhelming and completely uplifting.”

Review: Tom Browne’s ‘Radiator’

“Radiator never actually “deals” with any of the lofty existentialisms it digs up, firmly positing that they should remain the unknowable, unthinkable aspects of life.”

Review: Alanté Kavaïté’s ‘The Summer of Sangaile’

“Not without its flaws, The Summer of Sangaile is a piece of breezy, sumptuous Sunday-afternoon enjoyment for those that don’t mind taking the time to watch the scenery and allow the story of gentle teenage love to wash over.”

Review: Francis Lawrence’s ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’

“A triumphant end for a series often mocked by critics for its narrative simplicity and “Young Adult” classification, Mockingjay – Part 2 is the finale that fans deserve. “

Review: Rick Alverson’s ‘Entertainment’

“Not merely a story about the loneliness of a career on the road, Entertainment is the struggle of a man singularly steadfast in his pursuit of his chosen art.”

RIDM 2015: ‘My Love, Don’t Cross That River’ (Jin Mo-young, 2015)

“My Love, Don’t Cross That River, a documentary about a Korean couple who have been together for 75 years, achieves cinema’s full potential as a medium of poetry.”

RIDM 2015: Frederick Wiseman’s ‘In Jackson Heights’ and the Virtues of Eisenstein

RIDM 2015: “As diversity takes centre stage, In Jackson Heights demonstrates the importance of local governments and organizations in building a healthy community.”

Review: John Crowley’s ‘Brooklyn’

“A turn to the past in order to rationalize the present, Brooklyn is a standout example of the forceful, empathetic tempest that cinema is capable of delivering to an audience.”

Review: Davis Guggenheim’s ‘He Named Me Malala’

“Despite Guggenheim’s asymmetrical approach, Malala’s unquestionable bravery and youthful idealism shine through.”

Seminci 2015: No Scheherazade Story in Palestinian ‘3000 Nights’

Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid: Andreea Pătru on the recipient of the 2015 Meeting Point Audience Award.

Review: Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Room’

“Lenny Abrahamson’s latest film, Room, has an incredibly unique script and one of the best performances of the year. So why is the film just good, and not great?”

Review: Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Lobster’

“A sharp, claustrophobic study of human relationships, The Lobster puts humanity’s obsession with coupling on full display before it is bloodily dissected and rendered horrifyingly unrecognizable.”

Review: S. Craig Zahler’s ‘Bone Tomahawk’

“Meeting the specifications of both Western and Horror halfway, Bone Tomahawk gracefully undermines each in pursuit of lending credence to the other.”

Review: Guy Maddin’s ‘The Forbidden Room’

“Phantasmagoric and heady, The Forbidden Room is a film torn from the past, as Guy Maddin journeys even further into his own imagination, drawing out an original and enthralling journey through a kaleidoscope of different locales, time periods and genres.”

London Film Festival 2015 Review: Johnnie To’s ‘Office’

“Office makes you wonder if more thriller-leaning filmmakers should make a foray into the musical genre. Michael Mann’s Gypsy, anyone?”

Review: Cary Joji Fukunaga’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’

“As an empathetic machine, Beasts of No Nation tries too hard to convey the unimaginable, leaving in its place a sense of cold insouciance towards a system that is shown to be irreparably broken.”

London Film Festival 2015 Review: Karyn Kusama’s ‘The Invitation’

“Thanks to the skilled hand of director Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), The Invitation is a deeply uncomfortable but also eerily funny skewering of the hostility that can lurk under the veil of hospitality.”

FNC 2015 Review: ‘Transfixed’ (Alon Kol, 2015)

“The film reveals the importance of communication in love, but perhaps even more, the importance of empathy and understanding.”