Reviews of upcoming films with one-night-only screenings, commercial theatrical runs, or recently released on home video.
Emily Caulfield reviews Faces Places from legendary French filmmaker Agnès Varda and photo-muralist JR, which kicks off the Spring 2018 schedule at UW Cinematheque. The film assembles a quilt-like portrait of France-at-large by piecing together the small stories of everyday life. […]
The addition of five live-action Batman films between 1989 and 2005 to the Netflix catalog provided Taylor Cherry an opportunity to revisit and reevaluate Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) starring Michael Keaton under the cowl. […]
Erik Oliver discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Luc Besson’s comic book adaptation, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and concludes that Besson’s cool sci-fi canvas outclasses his uncool approach to storytelling. […]
Jason Fuhrman previews an animated short screening tonight at MMoCA’s final Rooftop Cinema this summer. He argues that 663114 develops a theme frequent in the work of Japanese animator Isamu Hirabayashi: the complex relationship between humans and their environment. […]
A stylistic tour de force, Bertrand Bonello’s audacious Nocturama captures the alluring emptiness of modernity with extreme realism and clever experimental flourishes. Jason Fuhrman shares his response to the Wisconsin Film Festival screening. […]
Jason Fuhrman reviews the Academy Award winning The Salesman ahead of its return at the inaugural Wisconsin Iranian Film Festival this weekend. A seamless blend of cinema and the theater, Asghar Farhadi’s complex, enigmatic and multi-layered drama intimately examines the fissures in a middle-class marriage about to collapse. […]
James Kreul shares some preliminary thoughts on the first half of the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival. Topics include admitting what he missed in his previews; applauding students for affirming their own brand; and spinning a “tale of two festivals.” […]