Film Reviews

Film Review: “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” Too Contrived for Its Iconic Star

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. There are things in life that are ridiculously overdue; things that have been kept from the general public for far too long. You and I … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mostly Entertaining “Hustlers” Settles for Lap Dances over Principles

Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. While I understand the appeal of strip clubs to (some) human males, I have never understood their cultural mainstreaming. While I would never want them to become illegal – in my opinion, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “This Is Not Berlin” Is Fascinating and Futile

This Is Not Berlin (“Esto no es Berlín”) (Hari Sama) 2 out of 4 stars. What doesn’t sound interesting about a movie detailing the queer art scene of 1980’s Mexico City? I, for one, was all in. Unfortunately, despite centering … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements,” the Chords of Sound Resonate

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (Irene Taylor Brodsky, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Deafness follows director Irene Taylor Brodsky, though she, herself, can hear just fine. The child of deaf parents, she was not surprised when the condition … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Whistler: Origins” Is Brisk, Beguiling, and a bit Baffling

The Whistler: Origins (“El Silbón: Orígenes”) (Gisberg Bermudez, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Cultural folktales seem to be the horror genre’s newest obsession. They’re coming in all varieties it seems, from mainstream supernatural jump-scare-fests like The Curse of La … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Vita & Virginia” Engages, If More Vita Than Virginia

Vita & Virginia (Chanya Button, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Though the late Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) has been portrayed on screen before in a cinematically stronger film than the new Vita & Virginia (i.e., the 2002 The Hours), she has … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Love, Antosha” Offers Moving Paean to Its Subject

Love, Antosha (Garret Price, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. The actor Anton Yelchin (1989-2016), who died in a freak accidentin his own driveway, starred in movies both large and small, from the rebooted Star Trek franchise to the highly … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Remarkable “The Load,“ the Journey Is the Only Way Forward

The Load (“Teret”) (Ognjen Glavonić, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. The year is 1999, and war is raging in the Balkans, specifically in Kosovo, the former semi-autonomous region of Yugoslavia struggling as Serbs and Albanians fight for control. NATO … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Cold Case Hammarskjöld” Delivers a Brilliant, Brutal Docu-Autopsy

Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Mads Brügger, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961) was the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving from 1953 until his death in a plane crash in Africa. An idealistic and militant soul, the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Visually Stunning “Aquarela” Delivers Soggy Narrative

Aquarela (Viktor Kossakovsky, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. A frequently beautiful meditation on water in all its forms (ice, snow and pure liquid), the new documentary Aquarela achieves its most spectacular narrative effects when placing people at its center. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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