The Dardennes maintain a distance from Ahmed as a way of celebrating their refusal to reduce him to any easy psychological bullet points.
Arnaud Desplechin evinces a glancing touch with showing how social tension and need inform law and crime.
Throughout, the subtle glimpses of a couple’s lingering affection for one another complicate the bitterness of their separation.
Maika Monroe’s engaging performance serves only to highlight how feeble and unconvincing the rest of the film is.
Steven Soderbergh takes a macro approach to the scandal, though the results, with rare exception, are vexingly micro.
With his latest, Kiyoshi Kurosawa celebrates the conquering of fear as our greatest hope against the world’s horrors.
Portraying Tubman above all else as a vessel for a higher power ironically only makes her appear less tangible.
This sharp, to-the-point portrait of the crook, fixer, and right-wing pitbull resists the urge to darkly glamorize him.
This is a rare case of a film that’s stronger when it colors inside the lines than radically traces outside of them.
Martin Eden works better as a story of self-loathing and self-destruction than it does as a social critique or political statement.
The film is remarkable for capturing a brewing conflict between women while also celebrating their connection.
The film revives many noir touchstones, but never the throbbing unease that courses through the classics of the genre.
Laxe’s film refreshingly occupies an almost uncategorizable cinematic realm.
James Mangold’s film mostly plays to nostalgic reveries of the auto industry’s golden age.
In Josh and Benny Safdie’s film, a man's individual tragedy illuminates the emptiness of the systems that define him.
The film is one that might have been dreamed up by one of the cynical douche bros from the Hangover during a blacked-out stupor.
Justine Triet is committed above all else to the tricks that memory and language can play on us.
Its inquisitiveness gives all the melodramatic incidents more of a charge and a purpose for keeping our attention.
A wonderful high concept is compromised for another story of lonely people learning to connect.
The film is a vivid depiction of how a confrontation with the unknown can so easily shatter the fragile bonds that hold us together.