‘Star Wars’ is loaded with spectacular moments and mind-blowing special effects. But your eyes aren’t what draw you into the universe.
Two brawny, male-focused war thrillers, ‘Dunkirk’ and Fox’s ‘Apes’ finale capture an excitingly tense same-sex psychological intimacy.
Ten years after its release, Lena makes her case for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ as Gore Verbinski’s grandest romantic opus.
Stereotyped and overlooked upon its release, Lena takes another look at Craig Brewer’s sweaty, sexy slab of southern swamp pulp, ‘Black Snake Moan’.
G Clark examines the beauty in Russian director Larisa Shepitko’s ‘The Ascent’—the best film directed by a woman and one of the greatest films of all time.
G Clark uses ‘Europa Report’ to examine the ‘found footage’ technique, and explain why, so often, such films come up short.
G Clark examines the narrative structure and universal appeal of Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘My Neighbor Totoro,’ the perfect family film.
‘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 starts the first in a series on animated films with ‘Pom Poko,’ a brilliant family film from Studio Ghibli’s other great director, Isao Takahata.
G Clark examines the genius of David Fincher through one of the director’s most underrated and critically undervalued works: ‘The Game.’
In this week’s Misery Diary, Lena looks at the stirring anxieties of social connection & displacement in ‘Looking: The Movie’ and ‘The Invitation’.
With so many people strapped for time nowadays, making time for movies gets harder. Here are some great short films you can watch in about an hour or less.
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 […]
Class privilege and reflective female relationships unite screwball comedy ‘Mistress America’ and psychological thriller ‘Queen of Earth’.
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.
Our first look at Pixar’s next film, ‘Inside Out’, has us worried. Addressing a potential gender plot-hole just waiting to emerge.
We take a moment to remember Robin Williams, his best work, the hard times, and the grateful humility he so beautifully embodied.
We take out our cinematic microscopes to go ‘Under the Skin’ of one of 2014’s most visually audacious and impressive films so far.
We look back at Francois Truffaut’s powerful debut ‘The 400 Blows’ and ask whether his Antoine Doinel follow-ups sacrificed its bleak staying power.
‘Palo Alto’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ both look into the heart of teen traumas, one using tearjerker melodrama, the other seeking genuine feeling.