NYU Graduate’s ‘Under the Tree’ Is an Emotionally Intense Depiction of Mental Illness and...

“I think there’s a lot of beauty in sadness,” Maxx Evan said. The young director’s captivating yet melancholic film was recently selected to compete for the Battle of the Film Schools’ first 2020 screening.  Battle...

A Seven-Year Journey To Neverland

From a young age, director/writer Benh Zeitlin and his sister Eliza were captivated by the tale of Peter Pan, a boy who would never grow up.  “We were for some reason terrified of growing up...

‘Vitalina Varela’ is a Masterclass in Minimalism

“Vitalina Varela” is a film by Portuguese director Pedro Costa starring nonprofessional actress Vitalina Varela, from whom the film takes its name. Varela portrays herself in a story inspired by her own life experience. In...

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ and a 40-Year-Old All-American Boy

“Sonic the Hedgehog” is exactly what we thought it would be. If the film portended by the “Gangsta’s Paradise” trailer appeals to you, then you will likely see past its flaws. For everyone else,...

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’: A Masterful Exploration of Love

The Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay Winner is a stunning portrayal of love through the gaze of an artist. A group of women hum different notes around a fire. As they get...

‘I Lost My Body’: A Hand’s Odyssey

Content warning: this article contains spoilers Why can’t French films ever just be normal? Just once. Must everything be beautiful and profound, not just in spite of, but because of its strangeness? Maybe not, but...

‘The Lodge’: An Elegant Horror Movie that Stumbles at the Last Hurdle

Lately, there appears to be a resurgence of high-quality, atmospheric horror movies free of cheap scares. Films like “Midsommar” and “The Lighthouse” craft their horror through uncomfortable tension rather than relying on tired tropes....

This Is a Review of ‘Horse Girl’ Starring Alison Brie, Thanks

Saddle up, horse girls — Alison Brie’s “Horse Girl” is now on Netflix. The film premiered at Sundance in January, but was released to the masses this past Friday, Feb. 7. Directed by Jeff...

‘And Then We Danced’ Shows the Freedom Within the Language of Dance

Sweden’s Oscar submission opened to buzz at the Cannes Film Festival, but in Georgia, the country the film is set in, it opened to intense protest. Due to the LGBTQ+ content of the film,...

Extremism Burns Slowly in the Mind of ‘Young Ahmed’

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “Young Ahmed” is deceptively bright. The first thing that comes to mind when reflecting on the film is the quality of the light. It barely features a hint of cool-colored...

‘The Turning’ Reanimates Tropes That Should Stay Dead

“The Turning,” based on the 1898 Henry James short story “The Turn of the Screw,” is a horror film in which Kate, a young teacher (Mackenzie Davis), is hired to become a live-in tutor...

In ‘Beanpole’ Peacetime is Anything But

When war is over, is there ever peace? What happens to those most affected? How do they go back to the lives they had before the war? All these are questions posed by the...
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