Shoplifters (dir. Hirokazu Koreeda): Philadelphia Film Festival review

The best films are those which afford the viewer an inside look into a life experience different from their own

Burning (dir. Chang-dong Lee): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Based on a Murakami short story, BURNING clocks in at 148 indispensable minutes.

SUPPORT THE GIRLS (dir. Andrew Bujalski): Film review

A common refrain in the world of workplace woes goes like this: “People don’t quit jobs. They quit managers.” This is undoubtedly true for the handful of jobs I’ve left….

SKATE KITCHEN (dir. Crystal Moselle): Film review

While watching Skate Kitchen, I found myself entertained, engaged, and delighted, but it wasn’t until it ended – until I realized that rolling credits meant the end of my time…

MEASURE OF A MAN (dir. Jim Loach): Film review

Even though the film is rather plain, the central characterization makes this breezy beach-read of a movie a thorough joy.

Borg McEnroe film review

BORG MCENROE (dir. Janus Metz): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Fitting that the festival which began with I, Tonya should end, at least for me, on a similar note with Borg McEnroe. While not as heightened for the purpose of…

BAD DAY FOR THE CUT (dir. Chris Baugh): Philadelphia Film Festival review

The right amount of craftsmanship can elevate even the lowest budget film into something special,

THE SQUARE (dir. Ruben Östlund): Philadelphia Film Festival review

The Square uses awkward humor to explore the ridiculousness of ‘high class’ expression.

IN THE FADE (dir. Fatih Akin): Philadelphia Film Festival review

In the Fade is less concerned with the catharsis of vengeance than it is the ethical questions that revenge naturally raises.

THELMA (dir. Joachim Trier): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Easily one of my favorites of the fest so far, Thelma is one of those rare movies that is so rich, so stylish, and so thematically dense that it merits…

THE ENDLESS (dir. Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Among genre fans, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have become synonymous with a “microbudget sci-fi drama.” Each of their films uses a Twilight Zone-esque concept to put characters through the subversions of typical…

SPOOR (dir. Agnieszka Holland & Kasia Adamik): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Spoor has all the makings of a great movie, but fails to pull them together in a satisfying way.

UNDER THE TREE (dir. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Although it’s not a terrible film, this is the first of the fest that I’d call a disappointment. Maybe I was tired, maybe I internally overhyped it … but maybe…

Just to Be Sure (dir. Carine Tardieu)

JUST TO BE SURE (dir. Carine Tardieu): Philadelphia Film Festival review

When done right, are few things more purely enjoyable than a French romantic comedy. When done wrong, there are few things worse. So it was a bit of a die…

Darkest Hour (dir. Joe Wright)

DARKEST HOUR (dir. Joe Wright): Philadelphia Film Festival review

We’re not reinventing the wheel here, but it’s a well-made wheel, and it rolls forward just fine.

WONDERSTRUCK (dir. Todd Haynes): Philadelphia Film Festival review

It’s pure delight for a film nerd to bask in Haynes’ seamless blend of homage,

Most Beautiful Island (dir. Ana Asensio)

MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND (dir. Ana Asensio): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Asensio writes, directs, and stars in this slow-burn thriller which took home top honors at this year’s SXSW festival.

BRIMSTONE & GLORY (dir. Viktor Jakovlesly): Philadelphia Film Festival review

Films like this are why I go to festivals. There is truly nothing else quite like it.

LADY BIRD (dir. Greta Gerwig): Philadelphia Film Festival review

What can I say? Gerwig knocks it out of the park.

GEMINI (dir. Aaron Katz): Philadelphia Film Festival review

There’s something to be said about a mystery that simply crumbles once its secrets are revealed