Reviews

Little Men

Colin Stacy
Little Men
By making an issues film not about the issue, he creates a vacuum where there should be a subject.

The Handmaiden

Colin Stacy
The Handmaiden
The Handmaiden posits the act of sex as the highest form of knowledge.

Nocturnal Animals

Elijah Davidson
Nocturnal Animals
Nocturnal Animals is about a woman who reads into a book written by her ex-husband.

Moana

Elijah Davidson
Moana
Moana is about the importance of Polynesian stories. It even opens with a Polynesian story being told.

Manchester by the Sea

Andy Singleterry
Manchester by the Sea
For the most part, Lonergan’s story is an excellent character study.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Elijah Davidson
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander as the kind of person who has been socially-awkward his whole life. My wife, an elementary school teacher, noted the way he avoids eye contact and shuffles around as if he’s in a world of his own. It reminded her of some of her students with special needs.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Elijah Davidson
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
So, why make a fictional story about an Iraq war hero? Based on the film, there are two answers to that question.

The Edge of Seventeen

Gary Ingle
The Edge of Seventeen
The happy ending in The Edge of Seventeen felt appropriate because of the hope that it offers to teens who might identify with much of what Nadine went through; it can help them to see that things can get better.

Doctor Strange - Alternate Take: Let’s Talk Time Loops (and Atonement Theory)

Elijah Davidson
Doctor Strange - Alternate Take: Let’s Talk Time Loops (and Atonement Theory)
For theologically-minded viewers, Doctor Strange’s purgatorial time-loop death pokes at fertile theological ground, but what kind of atonement theology is on display here?

Arrival

Kevin Nye
Arrival
Arrival plays its cards close to the chest, waiting until its third act to show its hand. Much like Villaneuve’s Sicario, the final act of the movie takes the audience in an unexpected. It would truly be a shame to spoil it.
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