BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘Columbus’ (2017)

Grade: B+ Not too long into Columbus, the feature debut of video essayist Kogonada, I started the necessary process of questioning the aesthetic conceit of what I was seeing. The film is set in Columbus, Indiana,…

BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘Princess Cyd’ (2017)

Grade: A- Chicago filmmaker Stephen Cone has made a career studying characters who feel unwilling to know themselves, and often unwilling to truly know each other. There are frank, obvious truths abounding all around Henry Gamble's…

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…