Reviews

The Legend of Tarzan

Elijah Davidson
The Legend of Tarzan
Could you do worse at the theater this weekend? Absolutely. The Legend of Tarzan doesn’t treat you as if you are stupid.

De Palma

Colin Stacy
De Palma
De Palma comes off as a natural conversation full of humor, pathos, poignancy, and introspection. It’s no doubt that just listening to the man speak would’ve been intriguing enough – there’s a sincere homeliness about him that screams "grandpa" over "primo voyeur of the 20th century."

The BFG

Elijah Davidson
The BFG
The BFG is a perfect summer movie, because rather than blasting our ear drums with surround sound explosions and blinding our eyes with lens flares, it invites us to slow down, breathe, and hear and see the simple, old magic all around us in the simple, old creation God made many, many years ago.

The Alchemist Cookbook

Colin Stacy
The Alchemist Cookbook
The Alchemist Cookbook captures the fear of a slow mental breakdown in its negative space. Paranoia is peppered throughout, pressing down upon Sean from every which way. The horror of the unknown and a lurking evil (which here is very real) soaks the brown-leaved frames with dread.

Kate Plays Christine - Alternate Take

Colin Stacy
Kate Plays Christine - Alternate Take
The whole film leans on and into Kate. As she presses into Christine’s life, Christine seems to press into her. The film finds its rhythms in its lead actress, and as Kate succumbs to the character she’s to play, she’s like an apparition that looms over the town which seems to have forgotten Christine.

Finding Dory

Elijah Davidson
Finding Dory
Finding Dory is honest about this aspect of mental illness as well. The film is as much about learning to value the unique gifts of “broken” members of communities as it is about the importance of family.

Sunny in the Dark

Colin Stacy
Sunny in the Dark
The core longing of the film is that Sunny would find a respite from whatever strange place she’s come from. She is clearly a victim of some sort of abuse, be it emotionally, physically, or sexually, or possibly all three. So she finds solace in imagining life with another, with one who may need her

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Kevin Nye
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Popstar's satire is relevent and biting, while still being downright silly. It functions as a cohesive collection of everything The Lonely Island has done to this point, while also demonstrating a new maturation into smart cultural satire that may mean a bright future for this trio.

The Lobster

Andy Singleterry
The Lobster
The Lobster portrays a fantasy world without displaying anything out of the ordinary, yet the fantasy is not fanciful at all, going for resonance rather than comedy.

X-Men: Apocalypse - Alternate Take

Christopher Lopez
X-Men: Apocalypse - Alternate Take
Quicksilver’s rescue scene finds a balance in between freeze-frame and cinematic movement; it allows for filmgoers to pause and reflect on breathtaking images while also offering enough movement to prevent them from disengaging.
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