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Berlin Review: ‘Transit’ is an Audacious, Beguiling Drama that Gets Under the Skin of Contemporary Concerns

Berlin 2018 ReviewIndependent; 101 minutes Director: Christian Petzold Written by Ed Frankl on February 18, 2018  Migration isn’t just a hot-button issue in the political arena. It’s a hot topic in your local arthouse theater, too. At Berlin’s film festival, the subject is everywhere–from Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx and documentaries like Central Airport THF–perhaps natural for […]

Berlin Review: ‘Xiao Mei’ is a Lively, Heady Take on Urban Anonymity

Berlin 2018 ReviewIndependent; 95 minutes Director: Maren Hwang Written by Zhuo-Ning Su on February 18, 2018  Movies tell stories through characters born out of the filmmaker’s omniscient mind. It’s an exercise in empathy and imagination, obviously, considering no one can ever truly know the experiences, emotions, motivations of anyone else. Expanding on this premise to defy […]

Isabelle Huppert to Lead Next Films from Ira Sachs and Anne Fontaine

After giving a pair of performances among the best in her iconic career with Elle and Things to Come, Isabelle Huppert recently reteamed with Michael Haneke, Hong Sang-soo, Serge Bozon, and more. She’s now once again returning to Berlinale with Benoît Jacquot’s Eva, and while there, two more of the prolific actress’ projects have been announced. […]

Michelle Pfeiffer is Adrift in NYC in First Trailer for Andrew Dosunmu’s ‘Where is Kyra?’

After giving one of the best supporting performances in last year’s mother!, Michelle Pfeiffer’s next leading role will finally arrive in theaters this spring following a Sundance premiere. Where is Kyra?–the latest film from Mother of George director Andrew Dosunmu, reteaming with the incredible DP Bradford Young–follows the actress as a divorcee adrift in NYC trying […]

First Look at Lee Chang-dong’s Haruki Murakami Adaptation ‘Burning’ Starring Steven Yeun

It was in 2010 that we last got a feature from South Korea’s Lee Chang-Dong, but he’ll finally be returning this year. Burning, adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning,” is a mystery thriller that follows two men (one a novelist) and a female model that get involved in a strange incident. Starring Yoo Ah-in, Okja‘s Steven Yeun, […]

‘The Rider’ Trailer Goes on an Emotional Journey Through the Badlands of South Dakota

One of the most heart-stirring, authentic films I’ve seen in the past year is Chloé Zhao’s remarkable drama The Rider, which stars first-time actor Brady Jandreau in a story loosely based on his life. He plays a cowboy who must deal with the struggle of the reality of his life’s passion after surviving a near-fatal head injury. […]

Berlin Review: ‘An Elephant Sitting Still’ is an Epic Drama with Shades of Edward Yang and Jia Zhangke

Berlin 2018 ReviewIndependent; 230 minutes Director: Bo Hu Written by Zhuo-Ning Su on February 16, 2018  The trick to getting the most out of the Berlin Film Festival is to dig deep into its stupendous program spanning 400 films across a multitude of sidebars. Premiering in the Forum section which traditionally favors more experimental/radical forms […]

Berlin Review: ‘Isle of Dogs’ is Wes Anderson’s Delightful Stop-Motion Ode to Japanese Cinema

Berlin 2018 ReviewFox Searchlight; 101 minutes Director: Wes Anderson Written by Rory O’Connor on February 16, 2018  One does not necessarily have to be fond of canines in order to love Isle of Dogs, but it helps. It may also help to have a fondness for the meticulous craft of stop-motion animation itself or, even more […]

Review: ‘Early Man’ Feels Stuck in Claymation’s Past

Theatrical ReviewLionsgate/Aardman; 89 minutes Director: Nick Park Written by Michael Snydel on February 16, 2018  One of the key figures responsible for the creation of some of the most expressive and existentially relatable characters of the last four decades, Nick Park has spent his career innovating on the possibilities of claymation. Never mind the achievement […]

Review: ‘Red Sparrow’ is a Chilly, Slick, and Brutal Spy Thriller

Theatrical Review20th Century Fox; 140 minutes Director: Francis Lawrence Written by Jordan Raup on February 16, 2018  With Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen hanging up her bow and arrow and Francis Lawrence now free of the shackles of adhering to the demands of hit source material, Red Sparrow is a clear pivot into more mature, merciless […]