‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Fails to Capture the Soul of a Legend

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Lee Daniels chooses to open his biopic on Billie Holiday’s life provocatively – with an image of grotesque violence and inhumanity. A lynching. A horrifying act of hatred that Holiday lyricized in the song “Strange Fruit.” In 1937, the year where a bill to ban the lynching of African Americans

Sundance 2021 Reviews: Coda, Marvelous and the Black Hole, On the Count of Three, One for the Road

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CODA It’s difficult to capture the beauty of Coda in words. It’s something that needs to be experienced as a stepping stone for more deaf representation in film. Siân Heder’s writing and direction make the audience wonder why we’ve never had a story like this before. And that question is pondered

Promising Young Woman Review: Emerald Fennell’s Debut Feature Veers From the Sweet Tale of Revenge It Promises

Promising Young Woman Review

In Charles Laughton’s, The Night of the Hunter, the film’s misogynistic serial killer protagonist, Rev. Harry Powell, says, “Not that you mind the killings. Your book is full of killings. But there are things you do hate, Lord. Perfume-smelling things. Lacy things. Things with curly hair.” Writer-director Emerald Fennell perfectly

Black Bear Review: A Hilariously Chaotic, Gripping, Shocking, and Emotional Story of Artist and Muse

Black Bear Review

The sound of water moving to the gentle kiss of wind normally signals tranquillity. Our favorite lake, favorite beach, the place we want to run to for respite. But in an introduction with a score resembling Tibetan meditation music rising to create something much more piercing, and Aubrey Plaza’s blank

Happiest Season Review: Director Clea DuVall Makes History and the Yuletide Gay With the Best Rom-Com of the Year

Happiest Season Review

The yuletide has never been gayer. The release of Happiest Season is a big moment for the closeted lovers of women out there who get stuck watching Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas with their mom every year where each film is either about a regular girl falling in love with a

Run Review: Aneesh Chaganty’s New Thriller Sets the Standard for Disability Representation in Film

Run Movie Review

In 2016, a Buzzfeed News article titled, “Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom Murdered,” was being obsessively read by everyone I knew. I couldn’t find anyone on Facebook who wasn’t sharing it; I couldn’t find anyone on Twitter who wasn’t tweeting about it. It’s

The Witches Review: The Robert Zemeckis Re-Imagining Is a Hot, Camp Mess

The Witches 2020

When Roald Dahl saw the film adaptation of his novel, The Witches, in 1990, he called it “utterly appalling.” With a roster of world-class artists like director Robert Zemeckis taking a crack at adapting the classic work to film alongside Guillermo del Toro and Black-ish writer Kenya Barris, also with

‘The Devil All the Time’ Is an Explosive But Laborious Tale of Generational Violence

devil all the time

“There’s a lot of no good sons of bitches out there,” and The Devil All the Time has many. Based on the novel of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock – who provides insightful and contemplative narration –  the film begins with a map filling the screen that links

Shirley Review: Elisabeth Moss Fights for Her Spot at the Oscars in a Spellbinding Tribute to Shirley Jackson

Shirley Movie Review

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Haunting of Hill House, and an upcoming adaptation of The Lottery. Over the past few years, Shirley Jackson’s work has been highlighted on film and in an acclaimed Netflix series. The legendary and influential novelist known for her works in the horror

How to Build a Girl Review: Beanie Feldstein Is Exuberant in a Coming-Of-Age Tale That’s Flattened By Its Message

How To Build A Girl Review

Based on the best selling semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Caitlin Moran, director Coky Giedroyc, mostly known for her work in television, brings How to Build a Girl to screen. It’s the story of Johanna Morrigan, a British teenager growing up in 1990s Wolverhampton who reinvents herself as