‘White Boy Rick’ Misfires

While attaching a silencer to an AK-47 in his basement, Richard Wershe Sr. (Matthew McConaughey) advises his son, Rick Jr. (Richie Merritt), to think of weapons as hamburgers and fries when selling them to...

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells JFK’s Story

From the opening shot of “Jackie” — an uncomfortably framed close-up of Jackie Kennedy as she walks across the lawn of her family’s estate — it’s clear that this film is not your typical...

Tribeca 2016: Deb Shoval and Breeda Wool talk ‘AWOL’

“AWOL” is the story of Joey (Lola Kirke), a Pennsylvania teen faced with the dilemma of joining the Army or running away with the love of her life, Raina (Breeda Wool). The film premieres...

‘Tehran Taboo’ Is a Minor Masterpiece

“Tehran Taboo,” an Austrian-German animated film by Ali Soozandeh, moves through the interwoven lives of three women in Tehran, Iran — each desperately trying to make a future from complicated romantic or sexual circumstances....

Tribeca 2017: Oppressive Humidity, Stifling Grief in ‘One Percent More Humid’

“One Percent More Humid” tells the story of women’s guilt and grief — as told by a woman. Instead of following the melodramatic cliche of tragically heartbroken women as popularized by Nicholas Sparks adaptations,...

‘Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus’ Delights Inferior Humans Young and Old

The year is 2000. Nickelodeon has redefined children’s media with the likes of “Ren and Stimpy”; crass humor and gratuitous violence abound. American mothers shudder in the wake of the satanic threat posed by...

“Under the Skin” uses sci-fi genre for feminist critique

In “Under the Skin,” gender roles are reversed.  Scarlett Johansson plays an unnamed alien who takes advantage of men’s carnal desires for her own malicious means. Director Jonathan Glazer may have made a feminist...

Reinventing the Face of Faith in ‘Corpus Christi’

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from. All that matters is where you’re going.” This is one of the first sentences Daniel speaks after assuming the identity of Father Tomasz in Jan Komasa’s “Corpus Christi,”...

‘Free Fire’ Is Coordinated Chaos

Boston, a dark and unwelcoming warehouse, sometime in the 1970s. Enter a wide array of characters: two Provisional Irish Republican Army  members, a female middleman, a gang associate named Ord and a raucous South...

‘Thoroughbreds’ is Delightfully Sinister

Those familiar with the affluent culture of suburban Connecticut depicted in “Thoroughbreds” are sure to recognize the culture that writer and director Cory Finley is simultaneously satirizing and deconstructing. At a school like NYU, the...

The Realities Behind Working on Set in Tisch

The Tisch School of the Arts is sometimes fascinating and sometimes bizarre. While the school is made up of a variety of majors covering different forms of art, one of its most popular majors...

Globes’ Misguided Genre Bending

Films about women are not comedies. Or at least, they aren’t just limited to the comedy genre. Women can serve up more than laughs and eye candy. Forced to address the recent sexual assault allegations...
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