To his credit, director Gore Verbinski has his fair share of blockbusters (a few installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), sublime successes (Rango), and disappointments (The Weather Man). Maybe it was his 2013 flop The Lone Ranger that kept him away from the Big Chair for a while. If he was hoping for […]
Breaking barriers with a Park City-made independent film. If Oscar Wilde was right about life imitating art and we seek a future where all people are represented, perhaps someone needs to create that world on screen first. Lindsay Wilner is trying to do just that with her new film Ledge Dweller. Wilner’s screenplay challenges the […]
Firstly, “The Lego Batman Movie” is great fun and solid entertainment for kids and adults alike. Just go see it. Secondly, “John Wick: Chapter 2” is good if you’re into that kind of thing: it’s the hyper-violent “Commando” of its time. If you don’t take it seriously, you’ll have yourself a wild ride. Thirdly, skip […]
One small step for a man, one giant leap backward for women Another in an ever-growing list of movies that will convince you that you too can be a screenwriter, “The Space Between Us” was aimed squarely at the crowd who love to cry over romantic claptrap. But this time it’s sorta set in space. […]
Photographed by: Natalie Simpson
Winner of this year’s Grand Jury prize in the World Cinema, Dramatic, category, Tarik Saleh’s The Nile Hilton Incident is a wonderfully tense homage to mid-century noir and an incisive reflection upon this particular story’s time: January 2011, the turning point in Egypt of what’s come to be known as the Arab Spring. Nile Hilton‘s […]
Remember that awkward party where you just didn’t fit in?
If you answered “no,” maybe you need to get out more.
If you answered “yes,” you can relate to Beatriz.
Director Amanda Kernell’s debut feature, Sámi Blood, based on her grandmother’s life, offers audiences a story about identity and persecution, an education on a culture rarely seen on American screens (Frozen doesn’t count) and an excellent performance by a talented young actress. Lene Cecilia Sparrok as Elle-Marja in Sámi Blood, an official selection of the Spotlight program […]
The “woodpeckers” of José María Cabral’s feature from the Dominican Republic are inmates of the squalid, overcrowded Najayo prison, men communicating through an elaborate sign language with the inmates of the women’s wing. The men, from their upstairs perches, watch the women in a prison yard more than a 100 yards away. Julián, a new […]
A few years ago, while traveling in Tokyo, I couldn’t miss the massive banners around the city, filled with the grinning faces of pigtailed teenage girls and bearing the obscure text “AKB48.” I finally learned the meaning of this logo one evening, wandering around the Akihabara neighborhood (abbreviated as AKB), the capital of otaku (often […]