“Wendy”: Film Review | Sundance 2020

Writer-director Benh Zeitlin returns with his second film, and first since 2012’s ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ using the same gorgeous aesthetic as his first feature in a mediocre attempt at reimagining J.M. Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ but through the eyes of Wendy. Eight years after making waves his directorial debut and indie darling Beasts of…

“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”: Film Review | Sundance & Berlinale 2020

Writer-director Eliza Hittman’s teenage abortion drama is a quietly devastating gem that deserves to be heard across the world for its honest, realistic and carefully detailed story. Writer-director Eliza Hittman’s last feature to premiere at Sundance was 2017’s beautifully written and shot Beach Rats about a tough, masculine teenager conflicted with self-discovery and exploring his…

“Wander Darkly”: Film Review | Sundance 2020

Sienna Miller and Diego Luna star in writer-director Tara Miele’s fourth feature which explores the afterlife of a broken relationship, both figuratively and literally, in an emotional roller coaster that leaves you in emotional ruins when it ends. The fourth and latest feature by writer-director Tara Miele (her first feature since 2014’s Starving in Disturbia…

“Downhill”: Film Review | Sundance 2020

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star as a couple whose marriage is destabilized by a near-disaster in an American remake of the 2014 award-winning Swedish Hitchcockian thriller, Force Majeure, that mostly stays true to the original but goes “downhill” fairly quick. In 2014, Ruben Ostlund’s psychological family thriller drama (in that order) Force Majeure debuted…

“Hotel Mumbai”: Film Review

Armie Hammer and Dev Patel star in an ensemble cast in director Anthony Maras’ fictionalized yet humanely real account of the Mumbai attacks, reminding us that some of Hollywood’s greatest pieces are sourced from reality. The famed five-star Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai has one motto and one motto only for their staff: “guest…

“Native Son”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

A modern take on a landmark classic in Black literature, new-to-cinema team of Rashid Johnson and Suzan-Lori Parks’ adaptation of the Richard Wright novel is held by Ashton Sanders poetic performance and works – until the novel actually kicks in. Screen adaptations of acclaimed books are hard – how do you keep the parts of…