Reviews

Disobedience

Christopher Lopez
Disobedience
Disobedience spends less time trying to justify the romantic relationship between Ronit and Esti and more time trying to help audiences understand how they emotionally navigate their worlds. The affective synergy generated by voyeuristic close-ups and the deft performances of McAdams and Weiz is an emotional tour de force.

The Rider

Elijah Davidson
The Rider
'The Rider' is a remarkably beautiful, compassionate, tough film that reckons the courage required, by the individual and by the individual’s community, to make that leap of identity into something new when the old is no longer possible.

Come Sunday

Elijah Davidson
Come Sunday
Come Sunday—streaming now on Netflix—recounts a period in the life of Carlton Pearson, a pentecostal preacher of renown who, in the late 90s, came to believe that there was no inherent need for anyone to make a conscious decision to follow Christ in order to be saved from eternal damnation.

Avengers: Infinity War

Elijah Davidson
Avengers: Infinity War
"Avengers: Infinity War" orbits a pair of central questions of a moral nature: “Are all lives worth the sacrifice of one life, and if so, are you willing to sacrifice the life of someone you love to save the rest?”

Gemini

Elijah Davidson
Gemini
The best Noirs leave you feeling hollow in the end, as the characters feel. "Gemini" isn’t built on the same kind of nihilism, so it lacks the genre’s weight, even if the mystery is deftly handled.

Ready Player One

Elijah Davidson
Ready Player One
This movie is one slick machine - a blockbuster about a world where blockbusters have so colonized the hearts and minds of the masses that the only creativity that still exists is in the reshuffling of references and the careful recreation of pop-culture icons, for pay. It’s a chocolate egg inside a chocolate egg inside a chocolate egg. And everyone is happy about it, including the audience.

Isle of Dogs

Elijah Davidson
Isle of Dogs
We may find the animation amazing, but the film itself is captivated by the camaraderie that exists between humans and dogs. Dogs are perpetual devotion devices that return exponentially more consideration to kind people than kind people give to them. They are also capable of returning exponentially more malice or fear as well. Dogs are remarkably gifted at mirroring human emotions and responding in kind.

The Gospel of Eureka

Andrew Neel
The Gospel of Eureka
In a small town called Eureka Springs, nestled in the Ozark Mountains of rural Arkansas, a miracle takes place nearly every day: People with wildly different beliefs and values manage to peacefully co-exist.

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Elijah Davidson
Pacific Rim: Uprising
"Pacific Rim: Uprising" is smart filmmaking, and smart filmmaking is all the more important when the material is so pulpy.

Jinn

Andrew Neel
Jinn
Jinn, which premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, is many things. It is an African-American story. It is a Muslim story. It is a mother-daughter story. It is a universal story. In many ways, though, this complex and excellent film comes down to a simple question: What’s wrong with pepperoni pizza?
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