It’s the adrenaline. The feeling of being surrounded by a group of people all in eager anticipation. A range of emotions and a crescendo of sounds make the setting feel like it’s pulsating. Then, the lights dim, and your favorite rock star rises from beneath the stage surrounded by fog.
I always say that if a film or television show features a dollhouse then we’re in for a ride. The Woman in the Window certainly is a ride, but it’s more a rough one through backwoods than coasting along the smooth pavement. A film plagued with rewrites and reshoots more
If you don’t think you’re claustrophobic, you may reconsider after watching Netflix’s Oxygen. Following a woman’s fight for survival when she wakes up in a cryogenic unit with only 35% oxygen left, Alexandre Aja opens his latest film with the image of a lab rat stuck in a never-ending maze –
The easiest way to describe Things Heard & Seen is to imagine if Dan Brown wanted to write a ghost story and it got adapted into a film. While based on the novel All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage, it’s not just a simple horror, mystery, drama, or
There’s something special about those films that can pull you out of a negative spiral, even just for two hours. The Mitchells vs. The Machines is such a film. And after the year we’ve had, it feels needed to escape into a wondrous, action-fuelled explosion of luscious splendor. The visually
There was only one thing that really mattered going into the latest film in the MonsterVerse: would the titular fight be worth the six-year wait? Thankfully, the answer is a resounding yes! Unfortunately, this isn't exactly the home run it could have been.
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The phrase “Everyone can be a superhero” is a common one. And believable, too, until you watch movies. When I think of a superhero, I see someone hot or young and hot. Someone the media would label as desirable. It’s hard for me to think of a superhero who doesn’t
In a world where studio-driven blockbusters are the norm, Zack Snyder’s work in the DC Extended Universe was quite the anomaly. With a signature style that has drawn much controversy since his work on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, ardent supporters and detractors were at each other's throats
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
As the daughter of a light-skinned biracial woman, and whose African American maternal side had been passing as white for generations, it’s fitting that Rebecca Hall chose Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel, Passing, to both adapt to screen and make her directorial debut. Racial passing was a way for African Americans
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
The search for the next Studio Ghibli is neverending. Though the answer is not one you can pinpoint easily, the latest film from the acclaimed Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, Wolfwalkers, feels like a strong contender.
Taking visual cues from The Tale of Princess Kaguya and with a narrative that feels
Ray Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves) believes he’s made it. And who can blame him? He’s a red-shirt freshman playing safety for the Clemson Tigers football team. He has a dorm, is acing his classes, and is standing out in practice. But his dream comes under threat when his mother is
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
David Fincher's Mank is brilliantly summarized by its titular character when he says "You cannot capture a man’s entire life in two hours. All you can hope is to leave an impression of one." Sadly, the impression Netflix's Oscar-hopeful leaves is not a very lasting one, but a surface-level, distant
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
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
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
Farewell Amor takes a delicate look at an immigrant family that is reunited after being separated for 17 years and find themselves forever changed. Written and directed by Ekwa Msangi (Dollar Van), I screened it at the 2020 Urbanworld Film Festival. Farewell Amor is a story broken down into the three perspectives of our main
“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
Enola Holmes, the anticipated film based on The Enola Holmes Mysteries book series from author Nancy Springer, centers the youngest Holmes sibling, Enola (Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things), on a quest to find their mother, Eudoria (Helena Bohnam Carter, The Crown). On Enola’s 16th birthday, Eudoria disappears, forcing Enola to reunite with her big
Written, directed, and starring Sujata Day (Insecure), Definition Please follows Day’s Monica Chowdry, 15 years after winning the 2005 Scribbs national spelling bee. Monica stays in her hometown of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, to care for her ailing mother, Jaya (Anna Khaja, The Good Place), after the untimely death of her father.
“You’re never more alive than when you’re a teenager,” a voice over offers. In the past, teenage angst followed the John Hughes formula: a bevvy of teens with different personalities melding together with explosive results. The teens usually harbored dreams of rebellion against the uptight authority figures domineering over their
No film this year has captured what it’s like to be a millennial today like I Used to Go Here. Writer-director Kris Rey has created a funny and relatable film through the character of Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs) whose celebration of her first published novel is cut short when lower