Feb 1, 2023

The Real Me

 Provocative Japanese psychodrama addresses the issue of image versus reality Kai, the main character of Woman of the Photographs, is a taciturn, inwardly directed, middle-aged man (played by actor Nagai Hideki) who operates a photography studio in a quiet neighborhood. He spends most days shooting portraits of walk-in customers and...
Jan 25, 2023


Jan 18, 2023

Go Ask Alice

Jan 11, 2023

Poe Excuse

Jan 4, 2023

Baby Driver

Kore-eda’s crime story ‘Broker’ is beautifully, heartbreakingly sad  At first glance, Broker appears to be a sinister crime story with an especially disturbing angle. In contemporary Busan, South Korea, two men are in the business of “stealing” unwanted...
Dec 28, 2022

Wild Kingdoms

Keanu the ocelot, meet Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary  A critic’s confession: I love movies about nature and wild animals. As kids, we were wowed by Walt Disney’s Yellowstone wildlife documentary, Bear Country (so, evidently, was Ernest Hemingway). Later...
Dec 21, 2022


‘Babylon’ discovers new depths in obnoxious filmmaking Slowly, steadily, almost imperceptibly, standards for commercial motion picture entertainment—particularly in screenwriting—have been slipping, right before everyone’s eyes. Often the lowering process is barely noticeable. Occasionally, however, the dumbing-down takes a...
Dec 14, 2022

Borderline Loco

The hero of ‘Bardo’ discovers one can’t go home again Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Bardo may be a bit too long (159 stretched-out minutes) and cluttered, but there’s no denying he’s sincerely trying to tell viewers something about himself...
Dec 7, 2022

Wooden Mythology

A fantasy double feature with ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ and Martika Ramirez Escobar’s ‘Leonor Will Never Die’ Puppet kid Pinocchio looks like a convention of toothpicks, or perhaps an animated pile of splinters in the shape of a...
Nov 30, 2022

Noise Canceling

‘White Noise’ is redundant; ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ is the antithesis Noah Baumbach’s White Noise is a catastrophe for three-quarters of its running time. Probably the kindest thing that can be said about the story of...
Nov 23, 2022

Semper Fidelis

In ‘The Inspection,’ a gay homeless Black man joins the Marines—and finds himself A young Black gay man in his early 20s decides to better himself by enlisting in the Marine Corps. We can already imagine the clearing...
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