‘Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts’ review: A dry overview of an incredible artist

Barely stretching itself out to a 75-minute runtime, “Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts” is the perfect example of a documentary whose subject matter outshines its depiction.  Directed by Jeffrey Wolf, the film tells the story of...

‘Kajillionaire’ review: a humorous and heartbreaking heist film

Writer-director Miranda July’s latest work is an unconventional heist film that encapsulates everyone’s biggest fear: disappointing your family.  “Kajillionaire” focuses on a young woman named Old Dolio Dyne, played by Evan Rachel Wood, and her...

‘Giants Being Lonely’ review: a realistic portrait of what it means to be a...

Grear Patterson’s “Giants Being Lonely,” is an unapologetically raw and authentic representation of the challenging coming-of-age journey. The unmarked path from youth to adulthood leaves teenagers with numerous decisions that lead to long-lasting consequences....

‘Gunda’ Review: A Love Letter to Farm Animals

When we envision great movie stars, we think of the usual suspects — Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep — with variation depending on your preferred genre, of course. One of...

‘Shiva Baby’ embraces the horror of communal gatherings

For most people, it has been a while since they’ve had a large gathering with family members. It’s easy to romanticize the idea of classic family gatherings during the holiday season. However, one watch...

‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ review: A watered-down version of history

In 1968, seven protesters were put on trial for inciting a deadly riot at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It was arguably one of the most dramatic and significant cases regarding civil rights...

‘Demonlover’ Review: Assayas’ violent, sex-driven commentary on media falls short

By: Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer Olivier Assayas’ “Demonlover” is many things, but it is not boring. Running along at breakneck speed as it hops from one continent to the next, “Demonlover” dips its toes in corporate espionage,...

Tom Holland can’t stop ‘Cherry’ from going sour

Driving around the streets of an empty Los Angeles late last year, I found myself overwhelmed by a staggering amount of For Your Consideration billboards for “Cherry.” Behind these vague ads, there was a...

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Review: The joys of absurdity

This is what we’re thinking: we’ll make a big monkey fight a big lizard. We’ll cast that girl from “Stranger Things” as a woke, rebellious teenager. The FBI agent in “The Wolf of Wall...

“Malcolm & Marie” is a tedious attempt at exploring politics through art

There are nights of meaningful discussion that shape the rest of our lives. Sam Levinson’s newest film, “Malcolm & Marie,” starring Zendaya and John David Washington, chronicles one such night for a filmmaker and...

‘Tom and Jerry’ review: A lifeless attempt at updating the classic tale of cat...

“Tom and Jerry,” a feckless live-action/animation hybrid directed by Tim Story, tries to update the classic Tom versus Jerry tale but sadly loses sight of its source material by neglecting its title characters.  The film...

Forgotten memories remain alive in ‘The Father’

My grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015. I have seen how complicated Alzheimer’s is as a disease, often worse for the family than it is for the patient. While it may not...
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