A heart-stopping group portrait, ’20th Century Women’ is a bittersweet existential triumph, expanding coming-of-age for every generation.
Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ is an urgent, vital testament of black history; ‘Manchester by the Sea’, a devastating dramedy of grief. Our latest dispatch from New York Film Festival.
Our first dispatch from the 2016 New York Film Festival, Lena digs into the fragile and lunatic delights of Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Paterson’ and Joao Pedro Rodrigues’ ‘The Ornithologist’.
Film Misery’s Oscar coverage continues with ‘From Afar,’ Venezuela’s submission for Best Foreign Film and a recent Golden Lion winner at Venice.
Oscar Season kicks off at Film Misery with G Clark’s review of Pedro Almodóvar’s 20th feature ‘Julieta,’ Spain’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film.
As Telluride by the Sea kicks off, Damien Chazelle’s Los Angeles musical ‘La La Land’ casts a kaleidoscopic spell that never lets go.
Oliver Stone’s latest film, ‘Snowden,’ is a well-meaning but painfully obvious portrait of Edward Snowden, bolstered by a great central performance.
A bewildering, ecstatic mix of Andrzej Żuławski, Takashi Miike and Spike Jonze’s naturally electric energy make ‘My Mutant Brain’ a stunning shot of cinema.
G Clark uses ‘Europa Report’ to examine the ‘found footage’ technique, and explain why, so often, such films come up short.
Clint Eastwood’s ‘Sully,’ one of 2016’s better pictures, shows how stark and simple filmmaking can be used to powerful effect.
Reviews of ‘Sausage Party’ and ‘Only Yesterday’ to kick off a larger discussion of animated films geared for adults.
G Clark examines the narrative structure and universal appeal of Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘My Neighbor Totoro,’ the perfect family film.
Jean-François Richet’s ‘Blood Father’ lands with a thud, but is nearly saved by the star power and colossal talents of the singular Mel Gibson.
A dazzling epic of stop-motion wizardry, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is a powerful, cathartic tale of loss and aching remembrance.
‘Can We Take a Joke’ answers its own question with an implied ‘No.’ It is unlikely to sway anyone’s opinion, yet raises interesting points.
G Clark reviews Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Children Who Chase Lost Voices’—a trove of visual wonder, and a great experience for adults and older children.
Jodie Foster’s ‘Money Monster’ is an effective critique of the recent financial crisis and a good popcorn potboiler—it’s just not both at the same time.
Makoto Shinkai’s ‘5 Centimeters Per Second’ is a lovely film, rich in nostalgia, best appreciated by adults with some life experience under their belts.
‘Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend’ is the only anime rated NC-17 by the MPAA; visually inventive, it may be too much for sensitive viewers.
G Clark reviews Stephen Frears’s new film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins,’ which says that you can achieve any dream, regardless of talent, if you’re rich enough.