film review

Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinematic Melodrama: ‘Victims of Sin’

Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinematic Melodrama: ‘Victims of Sin’

In Emilio Fernández’s Victims of Sin, a galaxy of important Mexican film and music artists collaborate on a tale of mambo music, martyred mothers, and melodrama.

‘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.

Familial Neurosis in ‘Never Open That Door’ Film-Noirs

Familial Neurosis in ‘Never Open That Door’ Film-Noirs

The family is the source of neurosis, and any hint of an allegedly happy ending in these three film-noirs must happen over someone’s dead body.

Department Q Film ‘Boundless’ Unravels

Department Q Film ‘Boundless’ Unravels

Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q crime thriller The Hanging Girl unravels in its 2024 film adaptation by Ole Christian Madsen, Boundless.

‘Nothing But a Man’ Is an Unflinching Drama of Marriage and Racism

‘Nothing But a Man’ Is an Unflinching Drama of Marriage and Racism

Nothing But a Man is about battling discrimination on an uneven playing field but also about tenaciously preserving friendships and families.

Detective Fantasy ‘You Never Can Tell’ Spoofs Film Noir

Detective Fantasy ‘You Never Can Tell’ Spoofs Film Noir

Fantasy, comedy, romance, reincarnation, animals and murder are ingredients for You Never Can Tell, a whimsical story with spoofs of film noir.

‘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.

Alex Garland’s ‘Civil War’ Refuses Righteousness

Alex Garland’s ‘Civil War’ Refuses Righteousness

Alex Garland’s Civil War refuses righteousness. Instead, it takes a hard, unflinching look at the true costs of war for everybody and everything it touches.

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.

Kore-eda Hirokazu’s ‘Monster’ Falls Short of Its Literary Ambitions 

Kore-eda Hirokazu’s ‘Monster’ Falls Short of Its Literary Ambitions 

Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Monster has striking moments, but casually skips over details, reducing its characters to incomplete fragments.

‘Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World’ Is a Stinging Comedy of Banal Chaos

‘Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World’ Is a Stinging Comedy of Banal Chaos

Radu Jude’s gonzo satire of post-Soviet Romania, Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World, hits a sweet spot between Luis Buñuel and Béla Tarr.