Review: Time For Ilhan from NCFCA member Matthew Lucas.
Few politicians have attracted quite so much controversy in recent times as freshman Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a Somali immigrant whose Muslim faith has made her a target for many on the right and even some on the left, her comments about money in politics and America's problematic relationship with the Israeli government making her a target for conservatives and liberals alike.
Recommendation: View from the Couch from NCFCA member Matt Brunson.
View From The Couch: Reviews of the Best Picture Oscar winner GREEN BOOK; Harold Lloyd in the 4-star comedy classic THE KID BROTHER; Ridley Scott's SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME; teen witches in THE CRAFT; a killer puppy in MAN'S BEST FRIEND; Ingmar Bergman's THE MAGIC FLUTE; the FANTASTIC BEASTS sequel; the noir offering PHANTOM LADY; THE CLOVEHITCH KILLER; plus, Streaming pick AMERICA ADRIFT. ...
Review: IFC Films's "The Wedding Guest" from NCFCA member Douglas Davidson.
Given his roles in "Slumdog Millionaire", "Chappie", and HBO’s "The Newsroom", the last person audiences would picture as a methodical badass is Dev Patel. That’s bound to change after audiences get a glimpse of him in writer/director Michael Winterbottom’s "The Wedding Guest". Designed as a mystery thriller in which no one really knows what the other intends and a narrative is set up where alliances disintegrate as quickly as they form, "The Wedding Guest" is all character-driven intrigue with little in the way of James Bond/Jason Bourne action, yet that doesn’t stop the film from being frequently engrossing.
Review: Captive State from NCFCA member Kevin Sampson.
Science fiction films have an amazing way of drawing out the collective wonder, mystery about the universe, and our relationship to it. Good sci-fi finds a balance between questions unknown and what we do know. "Captive State" works because it shies away from what we expect to see in a film about an invasion of our planet. We expect to see aliens. We expect to see technology we don’t understand. Instead, co-writer/director Rupert Wyatt gives us a tense thriller dealing with what the beginnings of an uprising looks like with science fiction as the backdrop.
Science fiction films have an amazing way of drawing out the collective wonder, mystery about the universe, and our relationship to it. Good sci-fi finds a balance between questions unknown and what we do know. Captive State works because it shies away from what we expect to see in a film about an
The gang’s all here for Climax (Photo: A24) CLIMAX*1/2 (out of four)DIRECTED BY Gaspar NoéSTARS Sofia Boutella, Souheila Yacoub Here’s the thing about filmmakers who set out to shock audiences: If the gasps fail to materialize, and there’s nothing else behind those gasps, then it’s a pretty...