WAVES is a film shot and choreographed with style. However, its attempts to also add depth fail and result in a transparent surface layer of appropriated trauma. Jim Ross reviews.
Brimming with anxious energy, Josh and Benny Safdie’s latest feature is a densely packed medley of memorable lines, characters and debut acting performances. Reminiscent of their previous outing – GOOD TIME – UNCUT GEMS nevertheless applies the anxiety-inducing approach polished there in new and interesting ways. Adam Sandler leads as Howard Ratner, a jeweller in … Continue reading Uncut Gems
Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel is a moving and fresh tale with an expertly handled tone. Jim Ross reviews.
JOJO RABBIT describes itself, confusingly, as an anti-hate satire – implying that it stands against some sort of pro-hate satire. Nevertheless, if any filmmaker has the offbeat sensibility to successfully create a comedic film where a Hitler Youth has an imaginary friend in the form of Adolf Hitler, then Taika Waititi might pull it off. … Continue reading Jojo Rabbit
Alma Har’el garners excellent performances from her cast to tell the touching story based on writer-star Shia LaBeouf’s own experiences. Jim Ross reviews.
KNIVES OUT subtly upends the outrageously cliched ‘whodunnit’ format and combines that with excellent performances. Jim Ross reviews.
Jim Ross previews the opening night of the 2019 Edinburgh Short Film Festival.
The manner in THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO gently and lyrically blends that story with ideas of home, belonging, and internalised personal history transcends the boundaries of San Francisco or the Bay Area. Jim Ross reviews.
Despite many technical highs in JOKER, the lack of nuance and a determination to be iconically shocking mean Todd Phillips’s film is a Batmobile with the engine of a clown car. Jim Ross reviews.
Many of the themes of the light-hearted and enjoyable SCHEMERS remain relevant to this day, but the setting gives the film an affectionate nostalgia to hang them upon. Jim Ross reviews.