Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Harmless Workplace RomCom Upgraded Isn’t Exactly First Class Fare

Certainly better than I was expected from what is essentially a rom-com with slightly more emphasis than normal on the profession of the female lead, Upgraded tells the tale of […]

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Review: Jay Duplass Stars in Ghostwritten, a Murky Literary Mystery on an Isolated Island

In this moderately effective take on the question of where inspiration truly comes from in the arts, Ghostwritten comes from writer-director Thomas Matthews (Lost Holiday) and follows the travails of […]

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Review: Semi-Autobiographical Suncoast Offers an Uneven if Well-Intentioned Coming-of-Age Story

In this strange, semi-autobiographical story from debut writer-director Laura Chinn, Suncoast tells the story of teenager Doris (Nico Parker), growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her mother Kristine (Laura […]

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Review: How to Have Sex is a Sharp and Emotional Examination of Young Womanhood and Sexuality

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes 2023 and the debut feature from writer-director Molly Manning Walker, How To Have Sex is a fully immersive party girl experience […]

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Review: Lisa Frankenstein Aims to Reimagine the Feminist Thriller, But Fails to Spark Any Life

The biggest problem with the latest film from writer Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body, Juno, Young Adult) isn’t that it doesn’t have many original ideas. It’s meant to be something of […]

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Review: Tótem, Lila Avilés’ Sophomore Directing Effort, Is a Small, Intimate Film With Big Heart

We all have different mechanisms for coping with death or its imminent arrival. In the case of seven-year-old Sol’s family in Tótem, Mexican filmmaker Lila Avilés’ delicate second feature, that […]

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Dispatch: Sundance Film Festival Allows Filmmakers Space to Take Big Swings, For Better or Worse

As our coverage of the 2024 Sundance Film Festival continues, our critics encountered a few of the event’s less remarkable, or at least less memorable, offerings. Krazy House They can’t […]

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Review: Netflix Doc The Greatest Night in Pop Goes Behind the Mic for the Creation of “We Are the World”

I was never a huge fan of the song “We Are the World,” but any time that video started playing on MTV, I dropped what I was doing and watched […]

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Review: Dramedy Scrambled Addresses a Woman’s Ticking Biological Clock with Heart, Humor

It’s rare that I get blindsided by a performer whose work I’ve simply never been exposed to before, but while watching Scrambled (written/directed/starring Leah McKendrick), that’s exactly what happened. McKendrick […]

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Review: The Great Giallo Filmmaker Gets the Documentary Treatment in Dario Argento Panico

As directed by Simone Scafidi (Fulci For Fake), the new documentary about the life and career of the Italian horror maestro Dario Argento, Dario Argento Panico, is about as straightforward […]

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Review: Animated Fable Orion and the Dark Gets the Charlie Kaufman Treatment

Whenever a writer you admire decides to tackle a story (in this case, an animated film) aimed at younger people, the fear is always that they will dumb things down […]

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Review: Spy Actioner Argylle Gets Bogged Down in Unnecessary Layers of Plot and a General Lack of Espionage

Director Matthew Vaughn is capable of some pretty incredible work (Kick-Ass, the first Kingsman movie, X-Men: First Class) and he’s amassed a fun collection of regular actors who support his […]

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