Review: Detroit

Director: Kathryn Bigelow Stars: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith Following a vibrant if tonally skewed animated opening that cliff notes African-American history leading up to our story, Bigelow thrusts us into the first day of the 1967 race riots in Detroit, mimicking the role of documentary filmmaker, painstakingly setting the scene for the violence …

Review: Rough Night

Directed by: Lucia Aniello Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz Having been denied the opportunity to check out the well-liked Girls Trip last month thanks to its selective distribution in this part of the country, I opted to take a chance on Rough Night as a sort of consolation prize, this despite the advance buzz that when …

Review: Raw

Director: Julia Ducournau Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella The coming of age drama is easily mutated into the horror picture as filmmakers attempt to wrestle the incredible changes that we go through in our adolescence into dynamic narrative forms. Take Ginger Snaps, for example, in which Katharine Isabelle finds herself transforming into a …

Review: Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

Director: Luc Besson Stars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna "Two hours alone with me? What a drag." "More like an eternity." I'm paraphrasing lines from Besson's script here, but they're about as close to a self-diagnosis as Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets gets. With a budget in the region of $170 million, Besson …

Review: The Levelling

Director:  Hope Dickson Leach Stars: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden Hope Dickson Leach's sparse, emotionally intelligent feature debut features two pieces of source music, both songs taken from A Silver Mt. Zion's first album He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corners Of Our Rooms. Anyone familiar with that album …