“Greener Grass”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

In this absurdist black comedy satire of middle-class suburban envy, co-directors/writers Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe imagine a bizarre world where jealous neighbors push politeness to the extreme. Frank Kafka meets The Good Place meets Edward Scissorhands somewhere on the edge of the alternative universe that The Lobster was set is the best way to describe the debut black…

“Abe”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

Brazilian documentarian Fernando Grostein Andrade’s first narrative feature is an upbeat, lighthearted YA drama centered on a teen undergoing an identity crisis while curious about his family’s Middle Eastern culinary heritage. If there’s another country as geographically and culturally diverse as the United States, it’s definitely Brazil – with mixes of Africa, European, Asian and…

“Honey Boy”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

Starring as a complex version of his own father, Shia LaBeouf shares an egoless retelling of his own childhood in a screenplay written during rehab, inviting audiences to witness the trauma that shaped him and explains his troubled past. When news hit that Shia LaBeouf had written a screenplay during his time in rehab about…

“Adam”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

Boy meets girl and gets his perspective on gender and sexual identity expanded when he is mistaken for a trans male in first-time feature director Rhys Ernst’s flattering coming-of-age comedy of cutting-edge sexual politics. Taking a different approach to transgender issues that might attract a more diverse (and millennial) audience, “Adam” channels those prominent issues…

“Late Night”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

Emma Thompsons stars as a fading late-night host and Mindy Kaling plays her new writers room hire in a #MeToo/Time’s Up-era comedy that offers classic laughs with a modern twist. The only element of Nisha Ganatra’s charming new comedy Late Night that feels even slightly fantastical is easy enough to overlook: a British woman isn’t just…