Reviews: Vice (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian] [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews Excerpt: Vice has no sympathy for its devil. It’s too scattershot and slightly smug to be insightful or clever, two things it wants to be. Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: While the multiple story lines and complex subject of his last were buoyed by McKay’s amusing financial explanatory asides, his use of the same device for this single-stranded biopic is overbearing and unwarranted. Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews Excerpt: Vice tries to grapple […]

Reviews: Shirkers (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German] Excerpt: A fascinating, multi-layered, and deeply touching film about such a wide array of topics – cinema, art, childhood dreams, growing up, power dynamics, the country of Singapur – that revisiting it is almost inevitable. Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com Excerpt: The stuff about Cardona is obviously the draw [but seeing its] potential historical importance in hindsight is to weep for those never-made works it wasn’t here to inspire. [New] | Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies Excerpt: If the assignment was to make […]

Reviews: Zama (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth Excerpt: At once a serious deconstruction of colonialist attitudes and a wryly funny satire of the very notion of European supremacy – incorporated into an absurdist descent into madness and despair. [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com Excerpt: It’s a comedy of errors of bleakly dystopian existentialism, the farce of his successes leading him right where we thought his failures would nothing short of brilliant. Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies Excerpt: It may too effectively capture the feeling of being […]

Reviews: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews Excerpt: As I look back on The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, I find that it will try some people’s patience. Personally, I can appreciate what the Coen Brothers are going for while not fully embracing it. Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: I can’t say I loved The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, but I still very much admire everything that went into making the film, and it still has the kind of uniquely entertaining and thoughtful experience that only the Coens […]

Reviews: Minding the Gap (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com Excerpt: Rather than shy away from the impossible questions that must be asked to begin a path of understanding and healing, these three men bare their souls. The result is this unforgettably beautiful depiction of honest self-reflection and transformative possibility. [New] | Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies Excerpt: “This device cures heartbreak” is written on the underside of a skateboard. How much that is true is one of the themes examined in Oscar-nominated “Minding the Gap,” […]

Reviews: Cold War (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: David Bax @ Battleship Pretension Excerpt: While existing in several modes at once, it features characters who seem almost constantly to be shoved around or thrown off track by external forces. Yet something of them remains constant too. Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema Excerpt: Pawlikowski manages another masterful presentation of doomed humans struggling to outrun a past which will not let them go in a film as beautifully packaged as it is performed. Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: Kulig commands the camera, but “Cold War” kept me at an […]

Reviews: Wildlife (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews Excerpt: Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife is a quiet but powerful tale of self-destruction with a masterful performance by Carey Mulligan. Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: Wildlife isn’t a total home run, but it still manages to be an impressive debut from Paul Dano that is elegantly performed and beautifully made. Chris Feil @ The Film Experience Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Excerpt: Is wanting to scream, “Pull your head out of your ass!” at the screen a bad thing for the […]

Reviews: Welcome to Marwen (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: David Bax @ Battleship Pretension Excerpt: Zemeckis is intent on pleasing the most people possible instead of letting Welcome to Marwen fly the freak flag it so desperately wants to. Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: [Zemeckis’] latest, an adaptation of Jeff Malmberg’s sublime 2010 documentary “Marwencol,” seems to exist mainly to show off a new mode of special effect, one which accentuates socket jointed dolls with real eyes and mouths, like a high tech, motion smoothed, live action ‘Clutch Cargo.’ [New] | Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian] Candice […]

Reviews: Second Act (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews Excerpt: Second Act is so wildly disorganized, with characters doing things that are both highly irrational and hopelessly predictable. David Bax @ Battleship Pretension Excerpt: This is stuff you’ve seen and heard before. If you really want to see and hear it again, I’m sure you can get it from a Redbox in a couple of months. Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org [Spanish] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic Excerpt: “Second Act” is glossy, innocuous holiday fare that shouldn’t let down Jennifer […]

Reviews: Shoplifters (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: conveys the messy, boisterous joy of three generations sharing and caring in close quarters and the ofttimes harsh residuals of justice. Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews Excerpt: Shoplifters is heartbreaking but often funny and hopeful look at a family of thieves relying on each other to make it day to day. Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: Hirokazu Kore-eda brings a warm and empathetic touch to a challenging and complex look at what makes a family. It’s both beautiful to behold, but […]