Reviews: Vox Lux (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: The transition is grating, the compelling Cassidy giving way to an abrasive Portman, one curdled by celebrity, her accent coarser, her persona more fragile despite outward appearances, the Ouroboros personified. [New] | Chris Feil @ The Film Experience [New] | Candice Frederick @ The Wrap [New] | Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment Excerpt: Vox Lux is a haunting spectacle with the safety off. Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

Reviews: The Mule (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv Excerpt: This ripped-from-the-headlines story about a 90-year-old horticulturist and war vet turned drug mule is practically retrofitted to Clint Eastwood’s cinematic sensibilities, yet the delivery feels nothing short of muted and manufactured.

Reviews: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension Excerpt: The movie is lithe, fleet and thoroughly engaging. Basically, it never idles long enough to be pinned down by anything, to mostly positive effect. [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: Persistence has finally paid off with this frequently rebooted franchise – not only is this one of the most enjoyable “Spider-Man” movies to hit the big screen, it’s one of the most dazzling animations of the year. [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com Excerpt: Has a verve rare in […]

Reviews: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension Excerpt: Jenkins has never been a trepidatious filmmaker but we’ve never seen him in a mode of such supreme confidence as this. [New] | Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice Excerpt: A masterwork about resilient young love and the challenges faced by blacks in racist America. David Crow @ Den of Geek Excerpt: Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk is a lucid cinematic tome. Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com Excerpt: Much like with Moonlight, Jenkins seeks to express [sacrifice […]

Reviews: Mortal Engines (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension Excerpt: I would call Mortal Engines the most stupefyingly wrongheaded post-apocalyptic movie since Kevin Costner’s The Postman but I fear its unrelenting drabness makes it even worse. [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: The stories these fantasy franchises are built upon tend to have commonalities and this one is no exception, but it does have some intriguing characters, including lead Hester Shaw who also benefits from one hell of a one-two punch of a back story. [New] | MaryAnn Johanson […]

Reviews: Private Life (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: David Bax @ Battleship Pretension Excerpt: It’s both crushingly relatable and unlike anything else. Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice Excerpt: A dramady carried by many magic moments of heartache and humor. Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: Private Life is made with a lot of love, and Tamara Jenkins extends that love to all of her characters. It’s a deeply empathetic film, one that is brutally honest, and also slyly witty. [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com Excerpt: We know these characters on an intimate […]

Reviews: At Eternity’s Gate (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe Excerpt: This is very much an artist lovingly commemorating an artist he holds dear [and in that regard] quite possibly more a film about Schnabel himself than Van Gogh. Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment Excerpt: Many films have looked at the broader aspects of Vincent van Gogh’s life and beyond, but At Eternity’s Gate examines what it would be like to be in the head of this tortured artist. [New] | Frank Ochieng @ Screen Anarchy Excerpt: …Marvelously explored and poetically masterful. […]

Reviews: Burning (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See Excerpt: If you can sit through the stillness, however, the movie has much to offer, an oblique, shifting thriller with echoes of Hitchcock. Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com Excerpt: There’s a meta-narrative aspect to Burning wherein the film’s characters are characters in life—symbols poked and prodded in some grand experiment to find humanity’s breaking point. It’s an illusory thriller infused with sex, mystery, and murder wherein retribution arrives once consequences become less important than pride. Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live […]

Reviews: Roma (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: The film is reminiscent of Italian neorealism, yet Cuarón’s shimmering black and white deep focus camerawork sets it apart…like having someone else’s memories transferred into your brain, so acute is the sensation of nostalgia… David Crow @ Den of Geek Excerpt: In a year like 2018, it is hard to think of a film that more lovingly or enthusiastically embraces the cinematic vernacular of the last hundred years to tell a story of such intimate delicacy and complementary big screen scope. […]

Reviews: The Favourite (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: David Crow @ Den of Geek Excerpt: The Favourite is an exercise in droll deconstructionism, marveling in exquisite set design and costumes that rarely veer toward the anachronistic… yet still resist the urge of fawning reverence and hagiographic sentimentality that so bedevils most American productions about British monarchs and the centuries-old gentry class. Infusing passion into this potentially disaffected aesthetic is a triumvirate of tour de force performances from Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz. Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews Excerpt: Director Yorgos Lanthimos understands what makes […]