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Review: 1922, 2017, dir. Zak Hilditch

Review: 1922, 2017, dir. Zak Hilditch


2017 has visited a flood of Stephen King adaptations upon us, most of them good (It! Gerald’s Game!), one of them less so (you can connect the dots from here!). Now we’ve got 1922 on our hands courtesy of those wacky non-advertising types over at Netflix. It’s good! It’s really good, in fact! It might be the … Continue reading

Review: Angels Wear White, 2017, dir. Vivian Qu

Review: Angels Wear White, 2017, dir. Vivian Qu


We turn to movies, more often than not, for escape and distraction, for the promise of having our woes assuaged, if only for a couple of hours, in the calming glow of the silver screen (whether in large or small formats). Occasionally, though, the movies deny us, as in Angels Wear White, the new film by … Continue reading

Review: The Tiger Hunter, 2017, dir. Lena Khan

Review: The Tiger Hunter, 2017, dir. Lena Khan


Casting people of colors in roles that demand they speak in regional accents they don’t have is insulting, but what if – what if – a movie directed by an Indian-American woman (Lena Khan!) cast an Indian-American actor (Danny Pudi!) as a guy from India and thus required him to adopt an Indian accent? I’m not sure … Continue reading

Review: High Fantasy, 2017, dir. Jenna Bass

Review: High Fantasy, 2017, dir. Jenna Bass


I think we’re going to see a lot of people making movies on iPhones, or I guess I should say a lot more people; it’s not like Sean Baker, the brilliant Sean Baker, he of Tangerine, and Starlet, and Prince of Broadway, is the first filmmaker to think of using a mobile device to shoot a movie, but I doubt … Continue reading

Review: 1%, 2017, dir. Stephen McCallum

Review: 1%, 2017, dir. Stephen McCallum


I suspect most will find 1% entertaining enough that my remote TIFF review of the film (so called because I reviewed the film in Boston and not on-location at TIFF) will strike some as maybe a little bit unfair or even a bit pretentious. Well…you’re wrong! It’s neither of these things. If anything, I’m just being … Continue reading

Review: Beach Rats, 2017, dir. Eliza Hittman

Review: Beach Rats, 2017, dir. Eliza Hittman


There’s a component of familiarity in Beach Rats, a movie about a young man performing heteronormative masculinity, but the familiarity is muffled by Eliza Hittman’s directing style; she’s one of a kind, and so is her movie, the first she’s made in the last few years after debuting with the superb It Felt Like Love.  Beach Rats … Continue reading

Review: Lemon, 2017, dir. Janicza Bravo

Review: Lemon, 2017, dir. Janicza Bravo


Here it is, at long last (that is, if you think six months qualifies as “long”): My review of Janicza Bravo’s excellent debut feature film, Lemon, a chronicle of defective but self-aggrandizing whiteness, starring Bravo’s husband Brett Gelman (also serving here as co-writer; they’re a real team).  There are reasons and then some why I like … Continue reading

Review: Columbus, 2017, dir. Kogonada

Review: Columbus, 2017, dir. Kogonada


I missed Columbus at this year’s Independent Film Festival Boston, so of course I was thrilled to catch up with it for its theatrical release. I was even more thrilled to find that it’s lovely, poetic, and just plain old great. At a glance, I expected the film to follow along expected plot lines, but I … Continue reading