film review

Simply put, Paul Feig’s “A Simple Favor” aims too high and falls short, as the film attempts to combine two genres that rarely succeed even by themselves: comedy and thriller. Based on the Darcey Bell’s novel, Feig’s mystery thriller stars ...

Director Panos Cosmatos demonstrated his bravery with his latest film, “Mandy,” perhaps the most psychedelic, phantasmagoric two hours you will ever spend in a theater. It is relentless, off-putting and absurd. Despite the bizarre nature of his vision, Cosmatos was ...

Mean cheerleaders, a sweet but oblivious quarterback and friendships shattered over silly misunderstandings: smells like typical high school drama. And as far as high school dramas go, Ian Samuels’ “Sierra Burgess is a Loser,” released on Netflix on Sept. 7, ...

Corin Hardy’s “The Nun,” the latest installment in “The Conjuring” franchise, delivers atmosphere and dread in spades, but fails to fulfill its potential by realizing any meaningful scares. Put simply, it was buried by its own ludicrous and rushed narrative. ...

Starting in the mid-2000s, the Mumblecore movement was seen by critics as the future of American independent cinema. Its films were made on shoestring budgets, emphasizing dialogue and character relationships above plot. Some of Mumblecore’s most influential figures have risen ...

With her brilliant 2014 debut film “Appropriate Behaviour,” director Desiree Akhavan probed into her own identity as a bisexual, Persian-American woman. While that film starred Akhavan herself and found comedy in the tribulations of New York youth, her second feature ...

In documentaries, individuals are often presented as they are, as a “real” person. But what happens when they are cast as themselves in a narrative feature? At best, it lends a sense of authenticity to a film that a director ...

Decades after “Jaws,” filmmakers have yet to create a shark film that comes close to Steven Spielberg’s brilliant classic. It’s certainly not for a lack of trying —  countless shark films have been produced since then, from the decent “The ...

At a time when the one percent owns an alarmingly disproportionate amount of wealth, images of upper-class grandeur saturate our culture and portray excess as something to aspire to, symbols of the all-too-abstract notion of “making it.” In her new ...