Movie Reviews

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V.26 No.8 | 2/23/2017
The Red Turtle

Film Review

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
Toni Erdmann

Film Review

Toni Erdmann

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
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Film Review

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
Julieta

Film Review

Julieta

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

Film Review

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

Film Review

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
“I’ll take two.”

Film Review

Elle

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
There’s the ocean. And there are the waves.

Film Review

Ocean Waves

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
Jackie

Film Review

Jackie

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

Film Review

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
Incarnate

Film Review

Incarnate

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
Moana

Film Review

Moana

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
Pussy Riot

Film Review

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
Moonlight

Film Review

Moonlight

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
Certain Women

Film Review

Certain Women

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.

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