Karyn Kusama captures Nicole Kidman as we’ve never seen her before in the edgy crime drama, Destroyer. Washed up, jaded and broken LAPD detective Erin Bell (Kidman) confronts her shady past … Continue Reading ‘Destroyer’ Review
Rupert Everett has been tirelessly trying to make The Happy Prince for the past ten years. He secured Colin Firth and Emily Watson early on, which helped in shopping his sharp script … Continue Reading ‘The Happy Prince’ Review
This article was originally published on Film Threat (August 2014). Judy Greer makes her delightful and distinctive directorial debut with the star-studded offbeat comedy, A Happening of Monumental Proportions. Individual crises … Continue Reading ‘A Happening of Monumental Proportions’ Review
This article was originally published on Film Threat (June 28, 2018). Shana Feste draws from her personal experience and uses her fascinating father as a muse for her latest film, Boundaries. Laura (Vera … Continue Reading ‘Boundaries’ Review
This article was originally published on Film Threat (May 8, 2018). Measure of a Man is a poignant coming of age dramedy that shows how a bullied teen, Bobby Marks (Blake … Continue Reading ‘Measure of a Man’ Review
This article was originally published on Film Threat (April 18, 2018). David and Nathan Zellner wrote, directed, and star in the unconventional and off-beat comedic Western, Damsel. This quirky film is … Continue Reading ‘Damsel’ Review
This article was originally published on Film Threat (April 18, 2018). The tragic tale of Frankenstein’s Monster is greatly known. There have been several adaptations of the creature’s misunderstood torment … Continue Reading ‘Mary Shelley’ Review
‘The Keeping Hours’ is a hauntingly beautiful film that leaves a lasting impression. Nearly ten years after his untimely and accidental death, young Jacob’s (Sander Thomas) ghost brings his divorced parents back together by mysteriously appearing in their old family home.
In his surprisingly funny and heartbreakingly honest film, we witness a crucial 24-hour period in Ben’s (Lucas Hedges) life. He is a recovering addict who desperately struggles to make amends, painfully grapples with sobriety, and remorsefully faces the consequences of his tumultuous past. Through all of these challenges, his loving mother, Holly (Julia Roberts), steadfastly remains by his side.
Barry Jenkins’ stunning adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel, If Beale Street Could Talk, is poetry in motion. A gripping narrative and vivid imagery transcends the page and illuminates the big screen as Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) shares her scattered tale of true love and tackles adversity in 1970s Harlem. Throughout the film, we feel submerged in her world as Jenkin’s artful direction floods viewers with vibrant colors, groovy tunes, and the threat of danger lurking in the dark corners of her neighborhood.
Outlaw King is a sweeping epic beautifully and brutally depicting Robert Bruce’s (Chris Pine) arduous efforts to unite all Scots and free Scotland from British rule. Braveheart made us familiar with the Scots’ graphically bloody plight for freedom in the 14th century. This film echoes similar sentiments, especially when William Wallace’s death inspires Bruce to boldly take action against the British monarchy.
Vox Lux: A Twentieth Century Portrait ambitiously tackles pertinent issues and fears that plague our society today. This flashy film and its loaded storyline create an unexpected and paralleled paradox.
Ophelia is a female-driven re-imagining of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which instills strength and hope into the despairing ingenue that has spawned countless melancholic portrayals in various forms of art.
Sarah Deakins’ beautiful, moving and thought-provoking short film, Yellow, stays with you long after the credits have rolled. Her carefully crafted narrative follows ten colorful characters on their individually life-changing journeys during one fateful afternoon at an art museum. In a time when we are all overwhelmed by an abundance of distractions and worries, this film reminds us to pause for a moment, take a closer look, soak it all in, and allow ourselves to feel…something.
Maureen Fan discusses how Crow: The Legend beautifully gives voice to a suppressed Native American origin story In the stunning animated short film Crow: The Legend, John Legend lends his voice to nature’s … Continue Reading Maureen Fan Interview: The Native American Legend Of ‘Crow’
Watching On the Basis of Sex with an invested audience was quite an interactive experience. The film is fantastic and the viewer feedback was instant. I’ve never seen people cheer and jeer throughout a movie with such passion. Their enthusiasm merely proves how incredibly inspiring and empowering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s story is to so many people over the past few generations.