BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘The Strange Ones’ (2017)

Grade: C+ Men go into the wilderness to either face or submit to their inner demons. It's the kind of masculine interiority plotline that often results in more existential macho posturing than mesmerizing character study.…

BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘Signature Move’ (2017)

Grade: B- Most audiences will view Signature Move as their introduction to Chicago filmmaker Jennifer Reeder, though BAMcinemaFest veterans already know her as a distinct and prolific voice in American short form cinema. Her melodramatic sensibilities have…

BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘Gemini’ (2017)

Grade: B+ Everyone sees something different when they look at Los Angeles. This is something the cinema has capitalized on repeatedly, taking advantage of the deep neon-fueled hues and day-glo brightness to varying effect, even…

TEN YEARS LATER: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At…

What decade-old movie-going experience do you still remember most fervently, so potently in your mind that you remember the precise sensation of it, ecstatic and embarrassed, as though it were yesterday? If you're older than…

TEN YEARS LATER: ‘Black Snake Moan’ (2006)

Last night twitter was stormed with 10-year-anniversary appreciations of David Fincher's self-evident paranoid investigative masterpiece 'Zodiac', which is exactly the kind of high-profile work that sticks in peoples' memory fervently a decade later. And yeah, I…

Ranking All the 2017 Oscar Nominees

Well, that was an inelegant finish to a surprising awards season. The 89th Annual Academy Awards were last night, and they were so full of surprises and blunders that it'll take time to process even the…

REVIEW: ‘Starless Dreams’ (2016)

It's tacitly revealing when a documentary filmmaker does, or does not, make their presence overtly known. Those of the Michael Moore/Werner Herzog clan can't help but foreground their distinct, at times frustrating, personalities, maintaining a…

NYFF REVIEW: ’20th Century Women’

Grade: A There are three guiding voices of 20th Century Women, a film that's itself the diary of a teenage boy being guided by three 20th-century women. One voice is Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), the boy,…

Telluride by the Sea: ‘La La Land’ is…

Telluride Film Festival has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting film festivals, much due to its tight run over Labor Day weekend among the gorgeous mountains and lakes of Telluride, Colorado. Finding an…

REVIEW: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ (2016)

Grade: A- When we lose someone, we don't just lose them once. We repeat their loss with ourselves over and over again, each times different and further distorted. Those distortions can lend vivid new insight,…