Evan Amaral

There’s nothing that brings people together quite like food. It can remind one of long lost memories or bridge cultural gaps while providing nourishment and pleasure. And there’s nothing so political, completely informed by the lives of those cooking it ...

“I hope you’re not looking to be saved, because you’re going about it the wrong way!” Spewed by a town drunkard in David and Nathan Zellner’s new film “Damsel,” this warning could not have been more prescient. “Damsel” demolishes the ...

Following the critical and commercial successes of “Game Night” and “Blockers” earlier this year, mainstream studio comedies have enjoyed a minor renaissance in American filmmaking. “Tag” continues this trend with a gleefully anarchic spin on the underappreciated art of physical ...

Social interaction and interpersonal relationships are crucial to the human experience. “Nancy” is the latest film to explore how a lack of social belonging can destroy a human being. Director Christina Choe’s feature debut, in which she dissects the crippling ...

Since its premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, critics can’t stop raving about Ari Aster’s debut film, “Hereditary.” They describe it as “The Exorcist” for a new generation. Part of a new breed of contemplative horror (in line with ...

Time slows to a halt in the dog days of summer, as the inevitable boredom of liminal freedom begins to sink in like the gentle heat of the sun. But it’s not always so luminous, as the new film “Summer ...

Directors often get all the credit for successful movies. It’s a problematic notion that often leads to the critical worship of messianic auteurs famous for their meticulous control. However, an army of dedicated craftspeople expend their blood, sweat and tears ...

There is, perhaps, no more potent symbol of the American imagination than the cowboy. Images of 10 gallon hats, wide open prairies and wild horses permeate our popular culture, and stories of these cowboys formed the basis of the first ...

Motherhood, a frequent favorite subject of Hollywood, has been the source of conflict in many a melodrama in film’s early days of glory (see the enduring popularity of stories such as “Mildred Pierce”). But filmmakers — largely male — often ...