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V.27 No.16 | 4/19/2018
"Ice cream? ... My treat."

Film Review

Final Portrait

Artistic biopic revels in surface details

Final Portrait is a microcosmic chamber drama, an old-fashioned two-hander in which two characters meet, interact and part company. It rarely dips below the surface, but—like a great many works of art—it’s a fascinating surface, nonetheless.
Reel World

Reel World

Blood Relatives

This week, see La Novia or Beyond the Border: The Story of Ettore Castiglioni; go to a talk about production assistants.
Fear The Walking Dead crossover scene

Idiot Box

Back From the Dead

“Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC

Reset, restaffed and injected with a long-overdue sense of humor, “Fear the Walking Dead” now feels like a dusty undead Western and it might actually be the jolt of zesty ranch flavor this show’s bland mix of rotting corpses and bad decisions has been needing.
Spy Kids: Mission Critical trailer

Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.27 No.15 | 4/12/2018
Back to Burgundy

Film Review

Back to Burgundy

Siblings resolve family strife over a glass of wine in a French dramedy that goes down easy, evaporates quickly

Back to Burgundy may not be complex, but the bottle is awfully pretty. Just don’t go into it expecting something other than perfectly palatable table wine.
Reel World

Reel World

Fade to Black

See Black Materials Experiments in Cinema, Holocaust survivor shorts or a documentary about the Pajarito Mesa community.
The Terror trailer

Idiot Box

That Sinking Feeling

“The Terror” on AMC

“The Terror” is a judicious balance of white-knuckle survival horror and classic historical drama.
Lost in Space trailer

Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.27 No.14 | 4/5/2018
Isle of Dogs

Film Review

Isle of Dogs

Meticulously animated feature is a fantastic(al) journey

Akira Kurosawa’s scruffy aesthetic is undoubtedly what’s fueling Isle of Dogs’ creative engines. Feel free to discuss at length—over third wave, cold-brewed coffee, perhaps—whether Wes Anderson’s miniaturization of Japanese culture asks audiences to laugh with or at the stereotypes.
Reel World

Reel World

Biz Wiz

NMFF presents “The Business of Film” seminar. Or go see The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, Zydeco Breakfast or Big Trouble in Little China.

Idiot Box

TV News

Tidbits from around the dial

Catch-22, The Purge and Gormenghast all to get TV adaptations.
Ballmastrz 9009 trailer

Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.
V.27 No.13 | 3/29/2018
The Death of Stalin

Film Review

The Death of Stalin

Stalin meets slapstick in brutally funny political satire

The Death of Stalin is a manic comedy with occasional doses of slapstick, with some of the bleakest gallows humor in recent memory.
The Fight in the Fields: César Chávez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle

Reel World

On the Border

Submit your short or feature to the Borderlands Film Festival, see a César Chávez documentary for free or go to the Ready Player One special screening with art show.
The Jesus Strand sneak peek

Idiot Box

Christ TV

Easter Around the Dial

Once you’ve knocked out the basics, what is there left to do on this holy holiday? You know the answer to that, and it involves a television.