‘Sand Storm,’ Israel’s most recent entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, is an interesting, though slow, peek into the world of modern-day bedouins.
Kenji Mizoguchi’s ‘The Life of Oharu,’ currently streaming on FilmStruck, is an underseen but disappointing venture from the master filmmaker.
‘Kong: Skull Island’ is a disappointing Hollywood tentpole—devoid of wonder, suspense, characterisations, or anything else that makes movies enjoyable.
‘Split’ is an effectively creepy horror film; it’s not perfect, but it hits a high for M Night Shyamalan he hasn’t achieved since the early 2000s.
Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’—winner of the Oscar as 2016’s Best Foreign Film—is a characteristically complex and exciting film from the Iranian director.
’20th Century Women’ is an interminable slog of thematically muddled scenes, but it does feature some excellent acting from people who aren’t Greta Gerwig.
Okay, ‘Live by Night’ may be Ben Affleck’s weakest film, but it’s still entertaining, with a remarkable cast. It’s no stain on his reputation.
The big attraction this weekend is James Mangold’s ‘Logan,’ the new Marvel movie. You may as well see it—you’ll probably have a very good time!
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.
MUBI reveals three documentaries about that most mysterious of extant countries: North Korea. G Clark examines each one in this mini movie marathon.
‘Crossing the Line’ examines the phenomenon of people defecting *to* North Korea, via the fascinating character of ex-US Army colonel James Dresnok.
Daniel Gordon’s ‘A State of Mind’ follows two girls as they prepare for the North Korean Mass Games—and delves deeply into the North Korean psyche.
‘The Red Chapel’ follows three Danish comedians as they attempt to subvert North Korea’s unstoppable propaganda machine. It does not go as they expect…
Morten Tyldum’s ‘Passengers’ dramatises a fascinating moral dilemma. Better than you might think, it eventually succumbs to some dull Hollywood conventions.
Though expertly acted by Michael Keaton et al., John Lee Hancock’s ‘The Founder’ is a fairly prosaic parable of the capitalist id run amok.
Josef von Sternberg’s ‘The Blue Angel’ made Marlene Dietrich an international superstar and features a great performance from Emil Jannings… but is only okay.
Merhdad’s Oskouei’s ‘Starless Dreams’ brings intimacy and morally challenging perspective to an Iranian Juvenile Detention Center for girls.
With a sweetly understated performance by Adam Driver, ‘Paterson’ is a wistful, poetic meditation by King of the Indies Jim Jarmusch—one of his best.