The film is imbued with an airless blend of buoyant comedy and soap-operatic backstage drama that recalls Shakespeare in Love.
James Baldwin’s writing abounds in what’s missing from director Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx.
If not for its performances, the film would belong in the category of Hallmark Channel tearjerkers.
The film isn’t a mesmerizing dream so much as the enervating, and dispiriting, conception of one.
Christian Carion’s film shamelessly wrings excitement from the recreation of violent ideological conflict.
It provocatively has audiences see the world’s current ecological concerns in a different and unexpected light.
A gorgeous presentation that also provides unmissable, revelatory insights into its creation, straight from the Dardennes’ mouths.
Marion Cotillard refuses easy characterization, conveying a haunted vision of courage in the face of almost certain oblivion.
Martin Provost creates not so much a dichotomy of femininity as a funhouse mirror of it.
The Kid with a Bike, now deservedly inducted into the Criterion Collection, reconfirms Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s reputation as masters of the modern class drama.
The Dardennes’ singular story of survival and relentless persistence burns with the kind of immediacy that will make it forever relevant.
Mesrine is a Don Juan and he will not be denied his pink taco.