V.28 No.16 | 4/18/2019
Historical political drama proves social injustice is nothing new
Peterloo is pointed, immersive, unyielding and purposefully timely but it demands a great deal of sympathy and patience from its audience.
This week there's the Taos Environmental Film Festival, Animal Crackers, Wall-E and The Unruly Mystic: John Muir.
Disney+ delivers the details
At “Investor Day” Disney revealed the clearest picture yet of Disney+, the studio’s long-gestating plan to rival Netflix.
V.28 No.15 | 4/11/2019
Animated adventure looks to the classics for inspiration
Lovingly rendered, swiftly paced and tenderhearted to a fault, Missing Link is an entertaining comic adventure for audiences of all ages.
This week there's Experiments in Cinema v14.2, The Climate Disruption Film Festival and Some Like It Hot.
“In the Dark” on The CW
"In the Dark" has no lack of talent, but is too desperate to mash up disparate genres and to impress us with its dark humor and prickly characters.
V.28 No.14 | 4/4/2019
Ash Is Purest White
Chinese gangster saga evolves with its country’s economic history
Minimalist in nature and almost documentary-like in its visuals, Ash Is Purest White is a surprisingly light and engaging journey—one that evolves from revamped gangster film to contemplative character story to quietly observational look at modernity and the various discontents that come with it.
Poetry in Motion
This week, there are poetry-themed “¡Colores!” documentaries, American Graffiti on the big screen, “The Power of Story: Storytellers Game Show” and training for working in films' art departments.
Booze and Cheers
“Abby’s” on NBC
“Abby’s” tries to wed old school sitcom structure with edgy content, but the humor is just too mild to qualify as “edgy” or particularly “funny.”
V.28 No.13 | 3/28/2019
Well-packaged drama chronicles real-world horrors
Hotel Mumbai has the ensemble cast structure of an epic disaster movie and the disturbing visceral impact of a horror flick, but it leavens that with a white-knuckle narrative intensity and a respect for real-world events.
With the Assist
See The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, take a production assistant training class and take on the western film themed “Official State Ornament” Design Contest.
Send in the Rock Clowns
The Dirt on Netflix
The Dirt is the Animal House of hair metal with an extra helping of disaster. To ask this made-for-TV movie not to be vapid is like asking a skin flick not to be pornographic.