Currently Browsing: 2018
In documentary The Opera House, writer and director Susan Froemke tells the story of the Met Opera and the people who built it and love it. In this unexpectedly personal account, we get charming insights into opera stars’, house managers’ and executives’, and architects’ experiences. Froemke has created a fascinating picture of how art and humanity survive across time and place. (AEL: 4/5)
Co-written by Tomohiro Maekawa, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Sachiko Tanaka, Before We Vanish Before We Vanish chronicles the story of three aliens who visit present-day Earth in order to prepare for their planned invasion to reveal the beautiful complexity that is modern human life. (FEA 3/5)
Inspired by Andrea Bocelli, The Music of Silence follows a blind man with a gift for singing. Director Michael Radford and writer Anna Pavignano meander through the less than substantive plot with beautifully recorded operatic numbers that are meant to channel Bocelli’s voice but add little to the film. (RMM: 2/5)
When a young teenage boy and his older brother are on the run, memories, reality, and fantasy blur together into a haze of chaos and confusion. The Strange Ones, written and directed by Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff, is part disturbing-thriller, part bizarre drama. (LMB: 2.5/5)
Written and directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf, Forever My Girl tells the story of country music star “Liam Page” (Alex Roe). Tired of his fame and generally uninspired, Liam returns to the small, close-knit town in Louisiana that he abandoned abruptly years ago. While undoubtedly a romance, Forever My Girl is also a story of forgiveness, grief, and family. It’s a success of its genre. (AEL: 4/5)
In absolute darkness, a single shot explodes through the night and is immediately followed by a soft thump as another kangaroo hits the ground. Deeply disturbing and eye-opening, Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story, Kate McIntyre Clere and Michael McIntyre’s documentary, is a must-see. (LMB: 4/5)
When a young girl stumbles upon a magical flower, she discovers who she is beyond how others see her. Mary and the Witch’s Flower, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and co-written with Riko Sakaguchi, doesn’t disappoint, delivering breathtaking animation and a heartwarming story. (KAC: 3.5/5)
When Billy Bloom moves in with his estranged father, he has no idea just how tough winning over this new crowd will be in FREAK SHOW. (RMM: 2.5/5)
Directed by Ziad Doueiri and co-written by Doueiri and Joelle Touma, The Insult deals with the Palestinian refugee crisis in modern-day Beirut. The film gradually evolves, and is successfully able to tackle the complex issues of religion and politics in the Middle East. (FEA: 5/5)
Writers Jean-Claude Carrière, Caroline Deruas-Garrel, Philippe Garrel, and Arlette Langmann, team up to write a raw and touching story about real-life romance in Lover for a Day. Set in Paris, a city known for love and romance, director Philippe Garrel presents a story of passion and jealousy on a nostalgic black-and-white screen. (KIZJ: 4.5/5)
When Ellie leaves her New York bubble of gallery shows and art students to housesit upstate for a summer, she is surprised by the discoveries she makes, in friendships and in artistic projects alike. With a casual pace and some particularly poignant and funny moments, My Art is a quiet enjoyment. (AEL: 3.5/5)
Vazante is painful to watch. Director and co-writer Daniela Thomas challenges the viewers in both subject matter and execution, but if you can stay with the long takes, presented without score and without color, a slow momentum is created that leads to an extraordinarily powerful ending. (MJJ: 3.5/5)
Bar Bahar is a film about three Arab women who live in Tel-Aviv and try to build a life for themselves.
Written, produced, edited, and directed by Quinn Shephard, Blame chronicles the story of a young woman who returns to high school after a brief sojourn at a mental institution. The film builds a powerful, layered story that challenges typical character archetypes. (FEA: 4/5)
Written by Geling Yan, Youth follows the complicated, deeply intertwined stories of an arte troupe in Maoist China’s People’s Liberation Army. The film begins with a young woman’s acceptance into the troupe, which takes the viewer on her journey, and immerses them into quotidian life in the Chinese military. (FEA: 5/5).