The tactility of earlier Hirokazu Kore-eda imagery has been traded for a softer, more luscious, nevertheless melancholic dream world.
Forget Dog Day Afternoon, as the film doesn’t even clear the bar set by F. Gary Gray’s tense and exciting The Negotiator.
Its scenes wildly escalate to a fever pitch at the drop of a hat, before then ending, more often than not, with abrupt violence.
With this fractured story of singer-songwriter Blaze Foley, Ethan Hawke battles the clichés of the musical biopic.
Jesse Peretz’s film is loaded with inconsequential detours and questionable character psychology.
Its scattershot structure gets at the truth of pop culture as an ineffable chimera that defines much of the world.
The film is, even by Paul Schrader’s standards, a bleak endeavor, concerned with the durability of spirituality.
Brian Smrz never contrasts the film’s violence with stillness, allowing us to enjoy a sense of foreboding escalation.
The cinematic touchstone throughout Paul Schrader’s First Reformed is the Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer.
The difference between the film and its equally expensive contemporaries is Luc Besson’s playful, childlike naïveté.
Maud Lewis herself couldn’t paint a hurricane that would blow the film’s overburdened narrative off course.
Richard Linklater’s The Before Trilogy receive stunning 2K transfers and a comprehensive compilation of bonus materials from Criterion.
The film conveys a sense of pastiche unpredictably giving way to a raw and primordially intimate emotional realm.
Criterion showcases Richard Linklater’s longitudinal masterwork with a gorgeous HD transfer and an entire second Blu-ray’s worth of supplements.
The film never surrenders to the abandon of its action, and as such never feels like it shifts out of first gear.
The documentary is just more of what we’ve come to expect from director Richard Linklater’s expanded fanverse.
It shows that formula can be repurposed to serve empathetic ends without losing its self-actualizing appeal.
Director Ti West’s methodical austerity yields in this film the most powerful passages of his career.
The film touches on the effects of a culture that puts too much emphasis on winning and money at the expense of simple healthy competition.
Robert Budreau strip-mines the life of an amazing musician for the purpose of mounting yet another comeback story.