Read up, before you pay $5 for a bucket of popcorn.
V.26 No.8 | 2/23/2017
The Red Turtle
Silent tale of survival holds surprising depth
The Academy Award-nominated The Red Turtle has surprising depth and is positively hypnotic.
V.26 No.7 | 2/16/2017
German comedy-drama finds odd connection between ridiculous father and uptight daughter
One sure sign of this German dramedy's success is how quickly the American remake rights were snapped up.
V.26 No.6 | 2/9/2017
2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Animated)
This year’s short films are long on talent
The Oscar-nominated animated short films screening at the Guild Cinema are a diverse collection.
V.26 No.5 | 2/2/2017
Spanish provocateur returns with a surprisingly low-key melodrama about familial guilt
Almodóvar is back with a colorful new melodrama, Julieta.
V.26 No.4 | 1/26/2017
xXx: Return of Xander Cage
The Xander Zone returns, taking us all back to the era of exxxtreme
Is there any point to criticizing a lunkheaded Vin Diesel action movie for being a lunkheaded Vin Diesel action movie? Get ready for the Xander Zone.
V.26 No.3 | 1/19/2017
20th Century Women
Coming-of-age dramedy looks for family in friends
20th Century Women is an ensemble cast character sketch, imagining its people as products of their late 1970s era and environment.
V.26 No.2 | 1/12/2017
Script-flipping European thriller finds Isabelle Huppert getting down with her bad self
Alibi film expert Devin O’Leary discusses Paul Verhoeven’s latest work, Elle.
V.26 No.1 | 1/5/2017
Animated story of teenage love finally washes up on American shores
Ocean Waves, an animated story of teenage love, finally washes up on American Shores
V.25 No.51 | 12/22/2016
Camelot is born in media-savvy biopic about JFK’s grieving widow
Jackie is an intellectual, visually stylized exercise in nostalgia and myth-making—crystalizing the moment when politics became more about optics.
V.25 No.50 | 12/15/2016
La La Land
Modern-day musical should garner fans despite flaws
Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is lovingly assembled and will nab fans with its sheer nostalgic novelty.
V.25 No.49 | 12/8/2016
The devil is not in the details in redundant new exorcism drama
Incarnate is terribly derivative and made up of random scraps of a whole bunch of other movies—right down to the “gosh, where have I seen that before?” ending.
V.25 No.48 | 12/1/2016
Disney sets sail in the South Seas with a mythical new toon
Moana's got everything you love about Disney animated movies, but for all the tradition, this one’s playful about its roots, poking fun at Disney’s endless princess franchise.
V.25 No.46 | 11/17/2016
A Street Cat Named Bob
Felines and heroin make for an odd mix in feel-good British drama
Felines and heroin make for an odd mix in this feel-good British drama.
V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016
Somber, poetic look at inner-city manhood ponders multiple questions of identity
Alternately easygoing and hard-hitting, Moonlight is a poignant and ultimately hopeful look at what it means—and what it takes—to be a man in modern-day America.
V.25 No.44 | 11/3/2016
Kelly Reichardt gets quiet in Montana with an incredible cast
Indie film storyteller Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) offers up another of her slow, contemplative character studies in the minimalist, female-centric drama Certain Women.