Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘The Fencer’

Märt Avandi in “The Fencer,” Finland’s entry for the Oscars. (Making Movies Oy)
Märt Avandi in “The Fencer,” Finland’s entry for the Oscars. (Making Movies Oy)

Upper body strength means little in fencing. It is all about the legs. Lunging and retreating are key to the sport, or as Endel Nelis...

  • Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva, and Fiona Gordon in "Lost in Paris." (Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva, and Fiona Gordon in "Lost in Paris." (mk2 Films)

    Film Review: ‘Lost in Paris’

    France and Canada have traditionally enjoyed close ties, but Fiona the librarian might fix that. She hails from an impossibly snowy English-speaking Canuckian burg, but... Read more

  • (L–R) Harold (voiced by Thomas Middleditch) and George (voiced by Kevin Hart) crack up at the sight Captain Underpants (voiced by Ed Helms) in DreamWorks Animation’s “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.”

    Movie Review: ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’: It’s Good, It’s DreamWorks

    There oughta be a 4-foot sign at “Captain Underpants” that you stand next to that says “You must be this short to enter.” Speaking of short,... Read more

  • Thomas Sung and two of his daughters as they appear in the documentary, “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.” (Sean Lyness)

    Film Review: ‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail’

    There is no question the media would have pilloried Rudy Giuliani if he ever conducted a prosecution of an African American community bank in the... Read more

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    Film Review: Tarkovsky’s ‘Solaris’

    Thirty-seven years before the publication of the Ted Chiang novella that would be adapted as “The Arrival,” polish author Stanisław Lem had already grappled with... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘The Farthest’

    For many, the Voyager Program is best remembered as the inspiration for the rogue probe V’Ger in “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” That is rather... Read more

  • (Stratosphere Entertainment)

    Film Review: ‘Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl’

    The Cultural Revolution was supposed to sweep away all unfair advantages derived from wealth and social connections, right? Try telling that to a 15-year-old nick-named... Read more

  • (L-R) Michael Peña as Ponch and Dax Shepard as Jon in Warner Bros. Pictures' action comedy "CHiPS.” (Peter iovino/Warner Bros Entertainment Inc./Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC.)

    Movie Review: ‘CHIPS’ Lowbrow and Very Funny

    R | 1 hour 40 min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 24 March 2017 (USA) Dax Shepard is a Hollywood “triple-threat”—an actor who acts, writes,... Read more

  • Pierre Niney and Paula Beer in "Frantz."  (Mandarin Films)

    Film Review: ‘Frantz’

    Adrien Rivoire and Frantz Hoffmeister were practically like the Crittenden siblings in the American Civil War. The two friends were as close as brothers, yet... Read more

  • Hiroshi Abe and Yôko Maki in “After the Storm.” (Aoi Promotion)

    Film Review: ‘After the Storm’

    Given the more rigid social norms, it must be especially difficult coming to terms with personal and professional failure in conservative Japan, but at least... Read more

  • Machiko Kyô and Masayuki Mori in “Ugetsu.” (Daiei Studios)

    Film Review: ‘Ugetsu’

    Most Japanese social critics agree Kenji Mizoguchi’s final film, “Street of Shame” played a crucial role bringing about the legal criminalization of prostitution. It was an issue... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Karl Marx City’

    Michael Tucker often serves as the director of photography on the documentaries he co-directs with his wife and creative partner, Petra Epperlein, but he has... Read more

  • (Xin Xu)

    Film Review: ‘Beyond the Curtain’ (short)

    Even though Chinese opera has a long tradition, all but eight so-called “model operas” were banned during the Cultural Revolution. Not surprisingly, comic books faced... Read more

  • (Devil's Harvest Production)

    Film Review: ‘Bitter Harvest’

    On the spectrum of human enormity, the Holodomor, Stalin’s genocidal campaign to starve Ukraine to the brink of extinction, ranks somewhere near the Cambodian Killing... Read more

  • (Die Kulturingenieure 2016)

    Film Review: ‘Kaputt/Broken—The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck’ (short)

    Exploiting vulnerable labor for profit is everything socialist propaganda crusades against. Yet, the exploitation of the inmates at Hoheneck Prison helped keep the financially ailing... Read more

  • Hong Kong activist-politician Joshua Wong attends a political forum hosted by Taiwan's grassroot New Power Party (NPP) in Taipei on January 8, 2017. A new documentary film about Wong, "Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower," premiered at the Sundance Festival on Jan. 20, 2017. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

    Film Review—Joshua: Teenager Vs Superpower

    Mention the name “Joshua Wong,” and anyone vaguely interested in the Umbrella Movement and other pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong over the last four years... Read more

  • Joshua Wong holding his hand up with the peace sign. (2016 Sundance Institute)

    Film Review: Joshua: ‘Teenager vs. Superpower’

    A teenager should not feel personally responsible for saving his homeland’s values and way of life, but this is the role Joshua Wong has voluntarily... Read more

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