Film Review: ‘Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation’ Reclaims the Image of Lacrosse

Though the term “cultural appropriation” has only recently become a widespread trigger word in public discourse, the practice has been a part of society for centuries. A perfect example is lacrosse, which usually brings to mind elitist images of private school-educated WASPs. To make matters worse, this relatively niche sport received perhaps its most prominent […]

Film Review: ‘The Commune’ Depicts an Imperfect 1970s Bohemia

In his new film “The Commune“, Thomas Vinterberg directs Trine Dyrholm in an award-winning role that should delight fans of this Danish thespian. Dyrholm plays Anna, a dutiful wife and well-known TV news reporter, who lives with her architect/professor husband Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) and daughter Freya (Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen). They live in a large […]

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Film Review: ‘The Last Shaman’ Is a Mystifying Exploration of Alternative Medicine

It’s no secret that America is overmedicated. As persons seek a quick fix for their problems, drugs like Xanax have proliferated throughout society. But is there a more natural alternative? One young American searches for these answers in the jungles of Peru, embarking on the strange, spiritual journey documented in “The Last Shaman,” written and […]

Film Review: ‘Snatched’ Will Cause Embarrassing Laughter

There’s always an internal debate to be had with a comedy like “Snatched.” On the one hand, if a film seeks to make you laugh and actually makes you laugh, it’s successful. On the other hand, however, what if you’re often laughing in spite of your better judgement? With “Snatched,” both occur in equal measure. […]

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Film Review: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Forgets the Fear

More often than not, advancements in cinematic technology are a very good thing. CGI can show us literally anything, with the only limits being those of the imagination of the people crafting the film. The art form has an openness that almost boggles the mind. Sometimes, however, the old, simpler, way is best. In the case […]

Film Review: ‘The Lovers’ Chooses Comfort Over Spark

Nothing puts a spark back into a marriage quite like dual affairs. That’s the central premise behind the new independent film “The Lovers.” That title, and the infidelities at the center, might imply either a raunchy comedy or an over-the-top Lifetime movie. However, the film could not be farther from that. In fact, much like […]

Film Review: Stéphane Brizé Elegantly Portrays ‘A Woman’s Life’

Late in the award-winning drama “A Woman’s Life,” the titular protagonist is informed that her properties now amount to only six of her family’s original 22 farms. In most other films, this scene might have been the last eye-rolling blow in a “rich people problems” story. But Stéphane Brizé is no ordinary filmmaker and Judith […]

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Saturday Church’ Sings More Than Just Its Music

2017 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The power of the musical knows no boundaries but so seldom explored as we get to witness in début director Damon Cardasis’ invigorating film “Saturday Church.”  Capturing the spirit of youth and imagination, Cardasis taps into a subject that is all too familar in today’s cultural climate.  This is all brought […]

James Ponsoldt’s ‘The Circle’ Is a Flat and Shapeless Thriller That Problematically Defends Technophobia

Directed by indie favorite James Ponsoldt, “The Circle” recaptures the simmering paranoia of 70s surveillance thrillers. Sleekly shot and featuring A-list actors with corporate-minded naturalism, the film promises insight before slowly sinking into mindless melodrama. David Eggers, who wrote the original novel, collaborated with Ponsoldt on a script that rushes past the hard questions it […]

Tribeca Film Festival Review: ‘Take Me’ Offers Low-Key Giggles

2017 Tribeca Film Festival: A low-key comedy/thriller hybrid that marks actor Pat Healy‘s directorial debut, “Take Me” is very much a first feature. There are moments of real amusement, a lack of directorial polish, and a vague sense that this should have been better than it is. A festival film through and through, “Take Me” […]

Tribeca Film Festival Review: ‘Blame’ Announces Quinn Shephard’s Arrival

2017 Tribeca Film Festival: It goes without saying that Quinn Shephard is an impatient actress. That’s a compliment, too. Unwilling to wait years before making her filmmaking debut, the 22-year-old actress has written, directed, edited and starred in “Blame,” an ambitious high school-set drama. A quadruple threat, any work that Shephard managed here would be […]