Reviews

Review: Streamline (2021)

Sport can make for great onscreen drama for fairly obvious reasons—the competition is right there, the stakes are clear, there will in all likelihood be a winner and a loser by the time the credits roll. Bu...

Review: The Painter and the Thief (2020)

Czech artist Barbora Kysilkova first met Norwegian drug addict and petty criminal Karl-Bertil Nordland in 2015 when he was on trial for stealing two of her paintings. In the dock, the heavily tattooed, feral-l...

Review: Candyman (2021)

Artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) has all the trappings of success in his life, including a beautiful and gifted art curator girlfriend, Brianna (Teyonah Parris), and a luxurious condo in a recently...

Review: The Night House (2021)

In the picturesque lake house that her late husband Owen (Evan Jonigkeit) built for them, grief-wracked Beth (Rebecca Hall) sips brandy and ponders the unsolvable enigma that is his suicide. One night, for no ...

Review: Heels (2021)

It’s kind of amazing we haven’t had more behind-the-ring professional wrestling dramas before now—the milieu seems ripe for it. Wrestling combines showbiz and sports in a way few other enterprises do. You’ve g...

Review: Brand New Cherry Flavor (2021)

Hollywood, sometime in the ‘90s: emerging filmmaker Lisa N. Nova (Rosa Salazar of Alita: Battle Angel) finds Hollywood a tougher town than she ever anticipated when she’s ripped off and shut out of her first f...

Review: Misha and the Wolves (2021)

Look, spoilers, look away now, next paragraph gives the game away: She lied through her goddamn teeth. It was all bullshit. Back in the late 80s/early 90s (the exact date is debatable) Belgian immigrant ...

Review: Hacks (2021)

The generation gap has been mined for laughs—often poorly—since Adam couldn’t understand why Caine went vegetarian. There’s a cranky, common-sense elder who isn’t quite as in touch as they should be, a fluster...

Review: Blood Red Sky (2021)

There’s something to be said for a film that knows exactly what it is and fulfills its remit to the level best of its ability. A lack of pretention plus a command of craft can yield much better results than a ...