Film Festivals

‘Bad Shabbos’ Revels in Its Black Comedic Soul 

‘Bad Shabbos’ Revels in Its Black Comedic Soul 

A dead body adds to the lively mix of family dysfunction and the pressure of making a good impression in Dan Robbins’ affable black comedy, Bad Shabbos.

Debut Drama ‘Mabel’ Rejects the ‘Matilda’-Like Dream of Childhood

Debut Drama ‘Mabel’ Rejects the ‘Matilda’-Like Dream of Childhood

Nicholas Ma’s humorous, warm and sensitive directorial feature debut, Mabel, embraces the messy uncertainty of life, for children and adults.

‘Free Party’ Director Aaron Trinder on Fighting for the Right to Party

‘Free Party’ Director Aaron Trinder on Fighting for the Right to Party

When the New Age travelers and the newly emerging ravers met in the English countryside, they had to fight for the right to party together for free. They still do.

‘Sometimes I Think About Dying’ Keeps the Popcorn in the Bucket

‘Sometimes I Think About Dying’ Keeps the Popcorn in the Bucket

Rachel Lambert’s sensitive and observant comedy drama Sometimes I Think About Dying isn’t a film that will turn popcorn into projectiles.

The Jungian Shadow Looms over Indigenous Drama ‘We Were Dangerous’

The Jungian Shadow Looms over Indigenous Drama ‘We Were Dangerous’

The Jungian shadow looms over We Were Dangerous, a dramatic and rebellious drama about moral panic and juvenile and sexual delinquency in 1950s New Zealand.

Hell and Limbo Are Reimagined in Sci-Fi Horror ‘Desert Road’

Hell and Limbo Are Reimagined in Sci-Fi Horror ‘Desert Road’

The same lack of control and uncertainty that hounds Kafka’s Josef. K haunts the lost protagonist in Shannon Triplett’s sci-fi horror Desert Road.

‘Robot Dreams’ Quietly Encourages You Not to Be Afraid

‘Robot Dreams’ Quietly Encourages You Not to Be Afraid

Pablo Berger’s animated Robot Dreams is a near-perfect marvel of silent cinema nearly a century after talkies ended the silent era.

The Repression of Truth in Michel Franco’s ‘Memory’

The Repression of Truth in Michel Franco’s ‘Memory’

Michel Franco’s Memory explores the premise of entrapment in the context of trauma and dementia and, in its repression of truth, builds to a chilling moment.

‘Good One’ Challenges Adulthood’s Naïve Appropriation of Wisdom 

‘Good One’ Challenges Adulthood’s Naïve Appropriation of Wisdom 

India Donaldson’s directorial debut Good One leans into gender distinctions, but goes beyond them to offer incisive and observant critique of human nature.

‘Small Things Like These’ Is a Haunting Meditation on Collective Sin

‘Small Things Like These’ Is a Haunting Meditation on Collective Sin

Which is the greater horror, Small Things Like These asks; the women who suffered under Ireland’s abusive Magdalene Laundries or the citizens’ complicity?

‘The Outrun’ Is an Ode to Recovery and Nature’s Might

‘The Outrun’ Is an Ode to Recovery and Nature’s Might

Free of a conventional plot but firmly planted in the worldview of Saoirse Ronan’s Rona, The Outrun tells her story in a kaleidoscope of disjointed vignettes.

The Settlers’ Blood-Chilling Journey into Humankind’s ‘Heart of Darkness’

The Settlers’ Blood-Chilling Journey into Humankind’s ‘Heart of Darkness’

Chilean revisionist Western, The Settlers, is a powerful film whose director shows admirable moral integrity that’s often absent in film history.