Despite its narrative restraint, ‘Arabian Nights: Vol. 2′ gathers profound political potency through piercing empathy for the socio-economically devastated.
‘Arabian Nights, Volume One’ kicks off Miguel Gomes’ immense Portuguese odyssey with furious creative energy and restless activism.
Before stating its socio-political points too bluntly in its 3rd act, ‘Mountains May Depart’ is an explosively opulent, yet emotionally wrenching melodrama.
First off, this isn’t a review of No Escape. One review won’t correct the film’s Metascore and I’m not going to try.¹ If I were going to review the film, however, I’d probably call it the most exciting, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat thriller you’ll see all year. (The Weinstein Company is free to use that blurb-ready quote if [...]
With New York Film Festival 2015 upon us, Lena previews the best the festival has to offer, with live updates as the festival continues.
Norwegian filmmaker Eskil Vogt’s crafty, clever debut, ‘Blind’, suffers no lack in his distinct, restless vision.
Class privilege and reflective female relationships unite screwball comedy ‘Mistress America’ and psychological thriller ‘Queen of Earth’.
Year-old festival standouts ‘Breathe’, ‘The Keeping Room’, ‘Blind’, ‘Goodnight Mommy’ and plenty more make our Top 15 films of to see in September.
Under-seen films by Catherine Breillat, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Foreign Correspondence’ and James Gray’s ‘Two Lovers’ top this week’s New on Mubi selections.
Starting a new series reviewing the newest films on streaming service Mubi, we peruse the documentary joys and pains of ‘Actress’, ‘Leviathan’ and more.
‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is the rare spy film with sneaking emotional resonance and thrillingly orchestrated, noir-tinged action.
The annual tradition continues with a slightly different format this year.
In today’s Quick Takes, thoughts on ‘It Follows” hyper-sensitive horror, ‘Avengers” oppressive patriarchy and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’s aesthetic exhaustion.
Lena reflects on Peter Strickland sensuous and scented ‘The Duke of Burgundy’, Don Hertzfeldt’s playfully melancholic ‘World of Tomorrow’ and more.
With ‘Magic Mike XXL’ almost upon us, Lena joins The Film Experience’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” series to chime in on her favorite ‘Magic Mike’ shot.
As ‘Inside Out’ brings Pixar Animation Studio into a crucial turning point in their history, we look back at and rank their 15 films to date.
Carey Mulligan stands strong in the trailer for womens’ suffrage drama ‘Suffragette’.
Lena reflects on 2015′s January and March releases, feat. ‘Paddington’, ‘Broad City’, botched Shakespeare, demon snowballs, and HBO’s ‘Looking’.
‘Cinderella’ too often mistakes kindness for effort in servicing its story, but Kenneth Branagh’s visual treatment is ravishing and inclusive in its spirit.
Persistently funny and wildly optimistic, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is a joyous comic blend of social satire and genuine upbeat perseverance.