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V.26 No.17 | 4/27/2017
Gritty urban horror-drama contemplates the sad life of a vampire wannabe
Michael O’Shea’s savvy, self-conscious debut film, The Transfiguration, is best exerting its queasy magnetism on lovers of art-house horror, who will appreciate its subtle manipulations of the overworked vampire genre.
V.26 No.15 | 4/13/2017
Dramedy about brains will hit you in the feels
Gifted is a calculated film, to be sure. Emotions will be manipulated, tears will be jerked. But it’s such a sweet-natured story, filled with such likable people, that it’s hard to remain cynical.
V.26 No.14 | 4/6/2017
Hugely popular Japanese anime explodes on American shores
Your Name is the sort of enjoyable, easy-to-access gateway drug that could introduce a whole new audience to the art of anime.
V.26 No.13 | 3/30/2017
The Boss Baby
Weirdly conceived kiddy cartoon bogs down in confusing mythology
The bones of an interesting story are scattered throughout the film, but The Boss Baby is a convoluted idea with no coherent narrative and too many butt jokes.
V.26 No.12 | 3/23/2017
Woody Harrelson is your friendly neighborhood misanthrope in softhearted graphic novel adaptation
The humor employed here is angry and uncomfortable (and frequently quite funny, if you’re so inclined), but the script stops short of plumbing the crushing, existential loneliness at the center of it all.
V.26 No.11 | 3/16/2017
The Sense of an Ending
Modest British drama pits the past against the present, but neither one is really that big a deal
The Sense of an Ending features some subtle performances and an intrigue-filled setup, but squanders much of its potential with a too-teasing narrative and an inability to pay off properly in the end.
V.26 No.10 | 3/9/2017
The Ottoman Lieutenant
Period romance is predictable but pretty
It’s no Doctor Zhivago, but in its own thrifty way, The Ottoman Lieutenant delivers polished, well-paced (if entirely predictable) costumed romance.
V.26 No.9 | 3/2/2017
Jordan Peele turns racial tension into all-out terror in timely horror-comedy
Horror films, at their best, have always served as a mirror for society’s most up-to-date fears. Now comes another timely take on the genre, exploiting a topic that could not be more ripped-from-the-headlines: racism in America.
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.