Reviews of upcoming films with one-night-only screenings or commercial theatrical runs.
Edwanike Harbour argues that despite material that could turn off some viewers, Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct) delivers a perfect viewing experience with his new film starring Golden Globe winner Isabelle Huppert. […]
James Kreul argues that Dear Zindagi is the most broadly appealing Bollywood film to play Madison in 2016, despite its use of bland music montages instead of dance sequences. After a year of particularly shallow female characters, writer/director Gauri Shinde and star Alia Bhatt play with Bollywood conventions about romance, family, sexuality, and gender roles to deliver an intriguing character study of a young professional woman. […]
Erik Oliver argues that Kubo and the Two Strings provides an opportunity for animation studio Leika to flex its muscles, resulting in a visually impressive and emotionally compelling cinematic experience. […]
Grant Phipps examines the latest film from Brazilian filmmaker Anna Muylaert, Don’t Call Me Son, in which a gender bending teenager finds new social circumstances when his biological mother reclaims him. […]
James Kreul argues that Paul Taylor’s Driftwood, winner of the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, encapsulates all that is right and wrong with micro-budgeted independent features: intimate, thoughtful, well shot and acted, but also twee and predictable. […]
The Mandarin-language popular cinema arriving with greater frequency at AMC Fitchburg 18 continues to be generally ignored in local reviews, so James Kreul decided to take a look. Operation Mekong is an efficient and energetic, if unoriginal, action film with a healthy dose of Chinese nationalism. […]
James Kreul argues that London Road evokes a surprising range of emotions in what could have been a conceptual exercise: singing words taken from interviews about an infamous series of prostitute murders. […]