By Leo Goldsmith | August 14, 2019

Shooting their dog protagonists in often exquisitely intimate close-ups of grizzled maws, fleshy gums, and weathered paw pads, the filmmakers foreground their curious status as semi-wild beasts that subsist both in the middle and at the margins of human society.

By Michael Koresky | August 8, 2019

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is overcast with melancholy and fueled by a rueful self-determination to overcome it. It’s on the surface his simplest film, but somehow his trickiest to talk about.

By Nick Pinkerton | August 2, 2019

To begin with, designed as a one-director anthology film, it picks up and disposes of various narrative threads rather than staying with the same plotline or plotlines (or absence of plot) throughout. Secondly, it depends almost not at all on real-time duration to fill itself out.

By Ryan Swen | August 2, 2019

The specificity of China is largely displaced and obscured, and The Farewell never communicates the full force of its semi-connected scenes of sadness and lost identity.

By Benjamin Mercer | July 26, 2019

The Mountain, the mournfully surreal, fitfully arresting fifth feature by Rick Alverson, describes America’s postwar “boom” as a spiritual implosion. And from the beginning of the 1950s-set film there’s no doubt that the patriarchy is the problem.

By Demitra Kampakis | July 12, 2019

In exploring love, sex, death, and adultery this way, screenwriters Garrel and legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere adequately probe the meandering contours of relationships and commitment, as well as the elusive nature of monogamy and desire.

By Juan Diaz | June 28, 2019

Aviles spent years developing her script by observing housekeepers at the same hotel where the film was shot. She accordingly grants the labor of her her protagonist a respect rarely seen onscreen.

By Lindsay Brayton | June 28, 2019

Wild Rose insists on maintaining a wide-eyed and likable tone even as its protagonist offers glimpses of the deep-seated self-absorption that accompanies a person determined to live a life devoted to artistic expression.

By Benjamin Goff | June 20, 2019

The film, whose title sounds like an apocalyptic Simon and Garfunkel song, paints a portrait that raises questions of identity, authenticity, and our relationship to home.

By Lawrence Garcia | June 14, 2019

Instead of tracing the more settled trajectory of the film—a gradual fall from grace to match the early passage from unfettered youth to straitened middle age—it seems more apropos to focus on his ecstatic cinematic orchestrations, which are, not to put too fine a point on it, the main attraction.

By Jordan Cronk | June 13, 2019

Jarmusch allows the droll humor to be swallowed in a vacuum of inertia, as if the fate of the world has been foretold and the characters are helpless to reverse what they have started.

By Tayler Montague | May 31, 2019

The brilliance of the film is in its show-and-not-tell ethos; the history reverberating beneath the narrative speaks to characters striving for democracy and freedom, or some semblance of them.

By Justin Stewart | May 31, 2019

It is a blessing that the 78-year-old continues to forego retirement, even if it means his films end up unceremoniously dumped to VOD, as was the case with the dazzling and mischievous Passion and now Domino, his surveillance-state European crime thriller.

By Katherine Connell | May 26, 2019

There is a missed opportunity by Wilde and the screenwriters to deploy sharper satire that pokes fun at Molly and Amy’s limited outlook as white, woke-ish teenagers. This is too bad, since the whole conceit of Booksmart is that these friends think they know more than they actually do.