Movie Reviews

‘Dual’ Review: Riley Stearns’ Dark, Deadpan Doppelgänger Comedy Is A Misjudged Odd Duck [Sundance]

Sometimes you commit to a decision because it’s the one in your head, the one on the page, and it’s the north star...

‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande’ Review: Emma Thompson Is Terrific In Sophie Hyde’s Perceptive Look At Female Pleasure [Sundance]

The complexities of female sexuality are still frustratingly misrepresented in mainstream cinema. In one corner, we have the eruptive rise of a certain...

‘Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power’ Review: How The Male Gaze Actually Harms Women [Sundance]

The crux of Nina Menkes’s documentary feature “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power” is that nearly all movies have been made using a specific visual language that...

‘Utama’: A Breathtaking Portrait Of A Quechua Family On The Brink [Sundance Review]

Virgino and Sisa live what most people would consider a very simple life. They raise and care for Lamas in the Bolivian highlands...

‘Riotsville, U.S.A.’ Review: Provocative, Half-Cooked Documentary Lacks Direction and Context [Sundance]

Seemingly a rejection of monocausal history in that it twists the firehose nozzle all the way open to spray from any and every...

We Need to Talk About Cosby movie review (2022)

Bell’s approach is smart in that he avoids much of the traditional chronological approach to true-crime series or bio-docs. One of his...

‘Lucy And Desi’ Review: Amy Poehler’s Bio-Documentary Is an Enjoyable, if Overly Familiar, Look at the Groundbreaking TV Couple [Sundance]

There is, at the moment, no shortage of information in the culture about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. In just the past few months, the performers...

‘We Need to Talk About Cosby’ Review: A Knotty, Thoughtful, Complicated Look At An Icon & Monster [Sundance]

Even the title of W. Kamau Bell’s “We Need to Talk About Cosby” is loaded – because when we talk about Bill Cosby, we’re not just talking about Bill Cosby. We’re...

‘Descendant’ Review: Stunning Documentary Presents a Complex and Layered History of the Clotilda Slave Ship and Africatown [Sundance]

Early in Margaret Brown’s exquisite new documentary “Descendant,” Africatown, AL resident Joycelyn Davis calls out the possible narrative pitfalls of chronicling the recovery...

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