Call Jane is curiously staid and low-wattage story where, too often, things work out just fine for its characters.
The film unfolds at a pace that is unhurried yet self-assured, submerged in the rhythms that govern its characters’ lives.
Abi Damaris Corbin’s quiet and unobtrusive style helps 892 build tension primarily from character instead of incident.
Jesse Eisenberg’s satire hits its targets dead on, but he flattens his mother-and-son narcissists to the point of caricature.
The film leaves the viewer with the impression of a man trying to beat the entropic decay that surrounds him to the punch.
While its plot is strictly by the numbers, Clean is elevated by its stylistic flair and propulsive pace.
At its best, Speak No Evil plays as queasy satire of conditioned interpersonal behavior.
This period drama manages the difficult task of speaking to our current moment without being didactic or preachy.
The film provides no space to explore its relationships, and as a result there’s little friction to the climax.
The film makes no attempt to embody the themes that form the core of Annie Ernaux’s story in its aesthetics.
The film is too narrow-minded to explore the notion that a saint-like man may want to satisfy his normal carnal desires.
The film comes to feel like a parody of a possession flick rather than a straightforward replication of the genre’s tropes.
It’s at a certain point toward the finale that this Scream becomes almost as drearily repetitious as the reboot culture that it skewers.
Kirby and Leon discuss the roots of their partnership and how they navigated the portrayal of the main character’s sudden amnesia.
In The Whaler Boy, coming of age is inseparable from disillusionment.
During an amnesiac’s atmospheric nighttime ramble through Manhattan, the seeds of a narrative are sewn but never nurtured.
After a while, writer-director Iuli Gerbase’s boldly mundane take on forced isolation gives way to a regular sort of mundanity.
Belle shows an impressive generosity of spirit toward the modern teenage experience.