Ava isn’t only banal, but also, in its half-hearted stabs at novel ideas, seemingly content with its banality.
In Kossakovsky’s latest, common farm animals have rarely seemed so un-human.
The documentary’s ethnographic bent is balanced out by a healthy dose of hard science.
Thomas Vinterberg’s latest, like The Hunt, is ultimately a parable about breaking a social contract.
The structure of Wildfire’s narrative doesn’t emerge out of a simplistic progression from strife to reconciliation.
The film’s reminder of the fragility of agrarian traditions in the face of a merciless profit motive is delivered with tact and subtlety.
Concrete Cowboy is stirring when it really dives into specificity.
When the film’s actors are given space to etch their characters’ feelings, they turn in strikingly naturalistic performances.
There’s something equal parts twisted and romantic about the left-for-dead format of the drive-in theater uniting with theater-killing streaming technology to preserve the institution of the film festival.
Sean Durkin’s sweated-over filmmaking tediously lifts a familiar tale of domestic dysfunction to the level of myth.
Throughout, J Blakeson crafts sharp, curt dialogue that makes a fashion statement out of contempt.
The film refrains from any dubious moral calculations by giving King’s personal deceptions the same weight as his public morality.
The film is ultimately too tidy to embrace anything truly startling or unexpected, either stylistically or narratively.
Throughout, the characters aren’t allowed to reveal themselves apart from the dictates of the plot.
The film understands how its major cultural figures navigated a political minefield, while never taking its eyes off of them as people.
The film gives full dimension to the rich, complex, and sometimes contradictory nature of the relationship between disciple and guru.
The film suggests Hong Sang-soo’s fantasy of how women discuss him when he’s not around.
The final product feels like it would have been most appropriate as a video presentation for the Democratic National Convention.