Browsing Category


Photo: Film4
Before We Vanish by Calum Reed Film

Saint Maud | Rose Glass

Saint Maud is a horror film of masterful tension and religious complication. It doesn’t take much to surmise why indie studio-of-the-moment A24 snapped up Rose Glass‘s creepy debut Saint Maud right out of the Toronto Film Festival. Pulsating as it is, this psychological horror is a masterclass…

July 28, 2020
Photo: IFC
Before We Vanish by Daniel Gorman Film

The Rental | Dave Franco

The Rental is a serviceable if predictable thriller, but immediately situates Dave as the better director of the Franco brothers. Dave Franco must have taken a look at the expansive, eccentric filmography of older brother James and thought: if he can do it, so can…

July 28, 2020
Photo: Film at Lincoln Center
by Steven Warner Film Horizon Line

The Truth | Hirokazu Kore-eda

Hirokazu Kore-eda feels distinctly uninterested in his own material here, a sentiment sure to be echoed by audiences. Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda has consistently shown an affinity for highlighting the often fractured dynamics that exist within families both real and manufactured, from 1995’s Maborosi to 2018’s Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters.…

July 28, 2020
Photo: Japan Cuts
by Paul Attard Film

Cenote | Kaori Oda

There’s a half-hour experimental short located somewhere in Cenote, one that drops the lame docu- framing device as a pretext for the gorgeous underwater footage shown and is willing to just indulge in expressive, opulent imagery. Until that massive re-editing occurs, left are the…

July 24, 2020
In Review | Online film and music criticism