Kind of an off week, movie wise, but the team carries on, with reviews of the new action film Criminal, the biopic about the mathematicians G. H. Hardy and S. Ramanujan, The Man Who Knew Infinity, and Green Room, the horror film shot in Oregon.
This week a reduced team looks at First Monday in May, a documentary about Vogue‘s preparation of a fashion show at the Met; The Huntsman: Winter War, the prequel to last year’s Snow White knock off; Louder Than Bombs, a domestic drama along the lines of Ordinary People; Lamb, an Ethiopian film about a displaced youth; Strange Victory, a restored essay film… More
This week on a very special On the Aisle, we talk to Cathy Whims, chef, food writer, and owner of Nostrana and two other eateries, about food movies, starting with City of Gold, the new documentary about writer Jonathan Gold, and moving on to favorite food scenes, in such films as Babette’s Feast and When… More
Today the team discuss Take Me to the River, an indie tale about a family reunion, Too Late, a visually experimental Los Angeles noir, The Invitation, a thriller about a suspect dinner party, Theory of Obscurity, a documentary about The Residents, the new Jungle Book, and more.
An all-male crew discusses: Everybody Wants Some!!, the new film from Richard Linklater; Demolition, with Jake Gyllenhaal; Born to be Blue, a biopic of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker; East Side Sushi, about a woman learning the art of cooking; April and the Extraordinary World, a French animated film that appeared in the most recent PIFF; They Will Have to Kill… More
This week the team captures Kill Your Friends, about the music biz in Britain; the French import My Golden Days; Midnight Special, about a father fleeing a cult; and I Saw the Light, the Hank Williams biopic, with accompanying compare and contrast sing-off between Hank and the film’s star, Tom Hiddleston.
It;s still a boys’ club this week as our trio look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Eye in the Sky, about drone strikes; City of Gold, a documentary about Los Angeles food writer Jonathan Gold; Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, on Netflix; Guy Maddin at the Hollywood Theatre; and more movies from UCLA and Wim Wenders.
This week the boys only step forward to discuss Hello my name is Doris with Sally Fields, the indie film Creative Control; the gymnastics comedy The Bronze, a documentary about abortion-restricting, Trapped; more Wim Wenders, and two upcoming mystery shows, The Night Manager and Trapped, from Iceland.
Among the films reviewed this week are: Knight of Cups, the latest meditation by Terence Malick; the Oscar nominated Embrace of the Serpent, about two scientists and an Amazonian shaman; Eisenstein in Guanajuanto, Peter Greenaway’s biopic of the Soviet filmmaker; The Last Man on the Moon, a documentary about astronaut Eugene Cernan; Young Messiah, a… More
This week the review squad assesses Whisky Tango Foxtrot, Gods of Egypt, Zootopia, and The Wave, then follows up with updates on Only Yesterday, The Club, and others, plus nods to the nostalgic but still relevant Chimes at Midnight and the films of Wim Wenders.