Utopia represents an earnest desire to reconcile a yearning for future happiness with the pain of the past.
We talked with Ai about his new film’s political and aesthetic virtues.
The narrative of writer-director Chloé Zhao’s The Rider is a fairly familiar one of daredevilry and recovery.
This coming-of-age story is deeply concerned with the salvation found in the meditative power of the arts.
Ismael’s Ghosts simultaneously collapses and expands Arnaud Desplechin’s entire body of work.
Taylor Swift’s new video is an expression of melodramatic outrage tinged with the macabre.
Lust for Life is a sprawling contemplation of Del Rey’s aesthetic and its various dissonances.
This empty exercise in imitative long-take aestheticism fills its frames with endless repetitions on a visual gag.
Cannes isn’t the Oscars, but there’s still a certain formula that often defines the recipients of the Palme d’Or.
A very charitable reading might say that Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story is designed to be self-negating.
You Were Never Really Here is possibly the most thrillingly unclassifiable film to play at this year’s Cannes.
Robin Campillo’s 120 Beats Per Minute offers more than just the compelling social-realist ideas on its surface.
Good Time is at its strongest when it keys its intoxicating aesthetic to Robert Pattinson’s performance.
Claire’s Camera is one of Hong Sang-soo’s most formally intuitive and sharply written films in some time.
With Redoubtable, Michel Hazanavicius co-opts Godard’s personal life for cheap prestige-picture sentiment.
The flexibility of French director Bruno Dumont’s spiritualism makes the film compelling.
Claire Denis’s Let the Sunshine In is an exquisite romantic comedy whose laughs are sad and whose sadness is funny.
Okja suggests that the sarcastic humor of South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho’s best films doesn’t translate well.
The meticulousness of Haynes’s execution overburdens his work’s conceptually exhilarating sense of wonder.
Arnaud Desplechin’s Ismael’s Ghosts is a lucid, free-form sprawl of stories nested within stories.