‘The Confession Killer’ is one of the most groundbreaking quests for the truth that you can ever watch. It will reel you in, disturb you, frustrate you, leave your mouth agape and ultimately crush you. As someone who has spent countless hours watching true crime tales, I’ve found this to be more than a step-by-step account. Larger truths are awaiting your discovery. It’s a ride.
Travis Leamons // Film Critic QUEEN & SLIM Rating R, 132 minutes. Director: Melina MatsoukasCast: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Flea and Chloë Sevigny QUEEN & SLIM suffers from an identity crisis. Is it the “black BONNIE & CLYDE” as the advertisements promote it to be, or a road movie where...
James Clay // Film Critic DARK WATERS Rated PG-13, 126 minutes.Director: Todd HaynesCast: Mark Ruffalo, Bill Camp, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins There’s a major power struggle going on in America today. The wealthy and corporations have it all, and it leaves very little wiggle room for the working class to have...
Courtney Howard // Film Critic 1917 Rated R, 110 minutes Directed by: Sam Mendes Starring: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden Co-writer/ director Sam Mendes’ 1917 is a harrowing war drama full of suspense, subtlety and powerful poignancy. Though its grace notes are similar to the tonality...
Chadwick Boseman deserves better than this straightforward crime thriller.
Courtney Howard // Film Critic A prolific mystery author (Christopher Plummer) is found dead in his home and everyone from his kids (Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon), to their spouses (Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Riki Lindhome), to his grandkids (Chris Evans, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell), to the help (Ana de...
Inspired by Chicago and Bryan Adams love-lorn ballads, Kristoff’s song powers up ingenious concepts.
FROZEN 2’s characters and their situations are evolving, which means some deeper, darker stakes.
Courtney Howard // Film Critic Before there was a power ballad in FROZEN to belt out to the universe, stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell had to prove their vocal chemistry to Disney studio executives. Those in power had gathered together to decide whether or not to give directors Chris...
Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf will soon be returning to the silver screen in FROZEN II – and we have the details!
FROZEN 2’s poignant big number has a lot going on: What’s Elsa wearing? What’s her drive? And who’s the singer behind callback siren vocal? We have the answers!
Fresh Fiction attended the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. But we also didn’t miss Knives Out’s stateside introduction at Fantastic Fest. Director Rian Johnson and actor Noah Segan walked the red carpet, and it’s where we caught up with the talents to discuss how the film couldn’t be more fit for 2019 as well as what makes the relationship between Johnson and Segan so lasting.
Emerging filmmaker Trey Edward Shults’ trajectory has been rising. His first two films, KRISHA and the lesser IT COMES AT NIGHT, packed a wallop and put him on the map. His latest, WAVES, is his most complete vision. Shults, who worked with Terrence Mallick earlier this decade, took all of Mallick’s best qualities and put them into a bombastic piece of work that’s bursting at the seams with youthful energy.
[TIFF Review] ‘MARRIAGE STORY’ – Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver hit career highs in powerful drama
Noah Baumbach’s MARRIAGE STORY is a deeply personal film about a disintegrating marriage. It equally shows both sides with compassion, understanding and (ultimately) frustration. The story doesn’t place blame on either one of its protagonists, and it’s a wonderfully helpful tutorial guide for couples to cope with their feelings together.
[TIFF Review] ‘UNCUT GEMS’- Adam Sandler goes off the rails in the Safdie brothers’ delirious crime-comedy
Adam Sandler has turned in a fair share of cringe-worthy characters over his 30-year career. His performance in UNCUT GEMS, however, is a diamond in the rough. In Josh and Benny Safdie’s follow-up to their excellent dirty New York crime-comedy GOOD TIME, the sibling directors steer Sandler toward a commanding use of his energy.
[TIFF Review] ‘KNIVES OUT’ – Rian Johnson’s sleight-of-hand mystery hits like a brick with all its fun surprises
James Clay // Film Critic KNIVES OUT Rated R, 130 minutes.Director: Rian JohnsonCast: Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Noah Segan and Christopher Plummer TORONTO – Mysteries play out with hilarity in Rian Johnson’s incredibly entertaining whodunit, KNIVES OUT. The...
[TIFF Review] ‘HONEY BOY’- Shia LaBeouf’s personal story works as a universally recognizable therapy session
HONEY BOY is a film that’s giving men a chance to work through their emotions from the inside out. It’s not about what’s existing on the exterior, but how to examine the egomania on the inside. LaBeouf’s love letter to himself is an extremely raw film. It could very well provide catharsis for many viewers as well.
[TIFF Review] ‘A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD’ – Tom Hanks is trustworthy as ever in this flawed Mr. Rogers biopic
In this film, Mr. Rogers spreads his wisdom around like fairy dust as he pops in with his oddly detached, yet sage advice. Heller’s film doesn’t have any magical realism elements. As influential the memory of Rogers is in the minds of millions of people, her film options him into an all-knowing presence.
Awful truth: ‘MARRIAGE STORY’ a relatable series of heartbreaks and joys through lens of marital disintegration
In the Netflix film ‘Marriage Story,’ filmmaker Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, The Meyerowitz Stories) brings a bona fide and terrifying perspective to the cinematic plate. Baumbach doesn’t shy away from the consequences of love being on the rocks and custody disputes, but he also doesn’t drive the audience so far into the ground that coming up for air seems impossible. ‘Marriage Story’ is an incredibly human experience, with surprising bursts of humor, that movingly illustrates the transition of love.