Girls Trip

REVIEW: ‘Girls Trip’ (2017)

Girls Trip follows in the footsteps of recent movies like Bridesmaids and Bad Moms, in that it follows a coterie of women ‘behaving badly.’  By ‘behaving badly’ I mean things like heavy drinking, partying, discussing…

Person to Person

REVIEW: ‘Person to Person’ (2017)

A film like Person to Person sends me into a dark depression as I watch it.  Someone actually wrote this screenplay.  That is, a human being, by the name of Dustin Guy Defa, typed up all…

Detroit

REVIEW: ‘Detroit’ (2017)

Kathryn Bigelow clearly tries to use the city of Detroit as a synecdoche for America’s race relations.  Her film begins with an animated prologue, detailing how the lure of factory jobs before WWI caused a…

Columbus

REVIEW: ‘Columbus’ (2017)

It feels like such a hopeless cliché to say that a film is ‘at war with itself.’  But I’m at a loss to find a better phrase to describe why Columbus, the debut film from…

Coco

REVIEW: ‘Coco’ (2017)

If you’re a parent, and I tell you that Coco is a Pixar movie, well, that’s pretty much it, isn’t it?  You’ll take your kids, they’ll like it, and you’ll have spent a great two…

Beach Rats

REVIEW: ‘Beach Rats’ (2017)

When we first meet Frankie, he’s cruising for penis.  Clicking through the live cams on a website called Brooklyn Boys, he looks for older men, asking to see the goods before meeting them for surreptitious and largely…

Brad’s Status

REVIEW: ‘Brad’s Status’ (2017)

Brad’s Status is a Mike White joint.  If you don’t know what this means, then boy are you in for a treat.  If you’ve seen his masterful Chuck & Buck, or his criminally underrated TV show…

The Other Side of Hope

REVIEW: ‘The Other Side of Hope’ (2017)

If I didn’t know better, I would have assumed that Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope was a lost Krzysztof Kieslowski film from the 1980s.  The late Polish director was famous for his simple,…

The Florida Project

REVIEW: ‘The Florida Project’ (2017)

The Florida Project, the latest anti-movie from the unfairly-lauded indie director Sean Baker, finds Willem Dafoe as the manager of an unwieldy, purple motel, populated by the economically disadvantaged.  (You know, the sorts of people who…

Lady Bird

REVIEW: ‘Lady Bird’ (2017)

I’ll admit that I wasn’t exactly waiting for Lady Bird with bated breath.  You couldn’t quite describe me as the world’s biggest Greta Gerwig fan; I’ve seen her in about a dozen or so acting…

New York Film Festival 2017 – Festival Diary

From now through October, we’ll be covering the films set to show at the 2017 New York Film Festival. Come here for a regularly updated diary of the films we've seen and reviewed. 9/6: Occidental (B-)…

NYFF 2017: Labor and Displacement in ‘Good Luck’…

From now through October, we'll be covering the films set to show at this year's New York Film Festival. Today, we're looking at Valeska Grisebach's Western (Main Slate) and Ben Russell's Good Luck (Projections). Films about working class…

BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘Bitch’ (2017)

Grade: C+ A pretty obvious dark comic conceit rests at the core of Marianna Palka's Bitch: Suburban domesticity turns women into subservient animals, with zero respect for their dignity or happiness. It's clear from the…

BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘Where is Kyra’ (2017)

Grade: B- When committing to an authentic depiction a life lived in desperation and hopelessness, how thoroughly can you strip away any semblance of light or hope without punishing the viewer? It's not clear if…