Socrates Film

Sócrates – Review

Sócrates opens with a death, or rather a specific moment after that death. An abrupt cut shows us, in closeup, a woman laid on her back, eyes closed, with someone else’s hand touching her forehead and...
Around The Sun_Gethin Anthony

Around the Sun – Review

Arriving at a Normandy chateau, Englishman Bernard (Gethin Anthony) seems lost and pensive. His partner is pregnant, and this is clearly no good thing. He exits his car and immediately finds himself...
The Fight

The Fight – Review

The Fight is a film of great baseline competence and only scant insight. As a document of four emblematic battles brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Trump administration—respectively...
Hlynur Palmason A White White Day

A White, White Day – Review

Named for an old saw that under certain weather conditions one can commune with the dead, Hlynur Palmason’s A White, White Day thrives in exactly this melancholic liminality. Its two opening sequences...
Fire Will Come

Fire Will Come – Review

Compelling images open this rural slow-burner, the third feature from French-Galician writer-director Oliver Laxe. A sea of trees, bathed in nocturnal blue, begins slowly – mysteriously – to collapse: one...
Blood on Her Name

Blood on Her Name – Review

Lee (Bethany Anne Lind) has killed a man in her auto shop. With next to no clear context, we watch her wrap the body in plastic, bundle him into his own car, and drive to a local lake. She tosses the weapon...
The Last Thing He Wanted

The Last Thing He Wanted – Review

For Elena McMahon, things start simple enough: after years’ hard work reporting global humanitarian atrocities, her paper reshuffles and she is demoted to following the US campaign trail. Her new subject:...
End of the Century

End of the Century – Review

End of the Century is defined by ruptures: in sound, in time, in mode. The first 10 minutes or so are dialogue-free as we follow Ocho (Juan Barberini) through Barcelona, the camera unobtrusively panning with...
Talking About Trees

Talking About Trees – Review

69 years ago, the inaugural issue of Cahiers du cinéma featured as its cover star Sunset Blvd. Suhaib Gasmelbari opens his documentary Talking About Trees along the same lines, as its subjects – a gang of...