Lifesaver

When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016, the news was greeted by some with the retort that, if the Swedes...

Make ’em Laugh

Jon S. Baird’s biopic Stan & Ollie has a certain inflationary quality, regarding the appeal of a comedy team in their sunset years. But...

Bloc Buster

Every shot is thrilling in Cold War, Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow up to 2013’s Ida. Like Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, Cold War is an...

The Lovers

Consider If Beale Street Could Talk as a Romeo and Juliet story in which white repression is the force keeping true lovers apart.Twenty-two-year-old Fonny,...

Final Cut

Top ten films of 2018: Roma, Active Measures, Black KkKlansman, Black Panther, Cold War, First Reformed, The Other Side of the Wind, Sorry to...

Under the Sea

The problem with using Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces as a template for a movie is that you can’t use every one...

‘Roma’ Is Burning

Taking place in Mexico City in 1970 to ’71, Roma shows us everything from a forest fire, to a riot, to an earthquake, to...

Gatekeeper

Supposedly there are 35 films about Vincent van Gogh. It’s a tribute to the depth and clearness of Willem Dafoe’s acting that the latest,...

High Plains Riffers

The Coen Brothers anthology The Ballad of Buster Scruggs portrays the frontier as a place of death so sudden and terrible that the word...

Five Easy Splices

The Stinson Beach Doc Fest, now in its fifth year, offers a truly filmic treat under one roof—and for a good cause. The festival...