Film

‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’ is thrillingly funny

‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’ is thrillingly funny

Tripping on painkillers prescribed to provide relief for her broken finger — an injury sustained during a confrontation with a surprisingly spry old man at a shady consignment shop selling her stolen family heirlooms — Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) and Tony (Elijah Wood) discuss the universe and their place in it. Tony, hopeful and happy to […]

Horror-comedy ‘Get Out’ turns satirical eye on racism in America

Horror-comedy ‘Get Out’ turns satirical eye on racism in America

Actor and comedian Jordan Peele continues to show his brilliance and versatility as a creator with his directorial debut, “Get Out.” Offering a poignant discussion of modern racism packaged in satire, the film is a perfect balance of humor and horror. Peele, who also wrote the film, quickly presents the audience with two fear and […]

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

In one word, writer and director Tom Ford’s, Nocturnal Animals can best be described as unsettling. Not only are the events depicted deeply unsettling, the film is itself unsettling to watch in tis presentation. Portrait-like compositions clash with a narrative split between two drastically different worlds, resulting in a devastating thriller about love, revenge and […]

Arrival: A subversive take on sci-fi

Arrival: A subversive take on sci-fi

Arrival is subversive in every sense of the word. It defies the typical sci-fi experience, casting aside the genre’s typical fast paced, action and visual effects-heavy set pieces and opting instead for a human-centric, methodical plot. Its recursive approach to storytelling and depiction of time is subversive, taking an original idea and executing it to […]

‘Fear, Inc.’ offers a pointed lesson in privilege

‘Fear, Inc.’ offers a pointed lesson in privilege

Good meta-horror is an exotic and elusive sub-genre of film that rarely hits its mark as well as Fear, Inc. does. Scary when it needs to be, funny when it can be, and ultimately driving home a lesson about privilege throughout, Fear, Inc. is the best addition to the meta-horror genre since 2011’s “Cabin in […]

‘Dirty 30’ establsihes YouTube stars as big screen talents

‘Dirty 30’ establsihes YouTube stars as big screen talents

YouTube personalities Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart’s second joint feature, “Dirty 30,” offers a slight twist to the party film genre while playing to the strengths of the three central cast members. The comedy, co-penned by Mamrie Hart and Molly Prather, follows Kate (Mamrie), a woman on the cusp of her 30th birthday […]

‘The Infiltrator’ – The true-crime drama starring Bryan Cranston offers intensity, but not much else

‘The Infiltrator’ – The true-crime drama starring Bryan Cranston offers intensity, but not much else

Tense, gripping moments of suspense and a number of strong performances blend with far too many interior shots and flat dialogue in the true-crime film, “The Infiltrator.” Bryan Cranston stars in this film, based on the true story of accountant turned undercover operative Robert “Bob” Mazur and his uncovering of a money- laundering scheme involving […]

“OJ: Made in America”

“OJ: Made in America”

OJ: Made in America aims to explain Simpson’s probable murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, as the result of Simpson’s instability and his belief in his own invincibility. The documentary shows, again and again, how Simpson did not see himself as black in a white man’s world; how this […]