Review: AQUARELA Is One Of The Year’s Most Essential Films

Baikal. Photo by Victor Kossakovsky and Ben Bernhard. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Aquarela, directed by Victor Kossakovsky, is a revolutionary new avant garde documentary about the role that water in its various forms has in our world. Although this is a challenging film, even for the most dedicated lover of experimental cinema, it is ultimately a rewarding and meaningful experience that is unlike any other you will… Continue reading Review: AQUARELA Is One Of The Year’s Most Essential Films

Review: DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME Is A Personal And Contemplative Reflection On A Great Career

David Crosby. Photo by Edd Lukas and Ian Coad. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

David Crosby: Remember My Name is a new documentary about the life of the eponymous musician of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, and Nash fame. An intimate portrait of an iconic artist, this is a fascinating documentary, particularly if you are a fan of classic rock who wants to learn more about the people who… Continue reading Review: DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME Is A Personal And Contemplative Reflection On A Great Career

Interview: POPAXIOM Talks With Director Bart Freundlich About AFTER THE WEDDING

Having debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival as the Opening Night Film, Bart Freundlich’s new film After the Wedding, a remake of Susanne Bier’s highly-acclaimed film of the same name, is making its way to theaters this weekend. Starring an all-star cast including Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, and Billy Crudup, the film is about… Continue reading Interview: POPAXIOM Talks With Director Bart Freundlich About AFTER THE WEDDING

Review: AFTER THE WEDDING Is A Human Melodrama With A Splash Of Mystery

Left to Right: Michelle Williams as Isabel, Billy Crudup as Oscar Carlson, Julianne Moore as Theresa Young. Photo by David Giesbrecht. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.

After the Wedding, written and directed by Bart Freundlich, is an American remake of the acclaimed Danish film of the same name by Susanne Bier. A meaningful and sometimes funny melodrama with a surprising amount of subtlety, this movie uses its powerhouse cast to become an intriguing tale of humanity. The film is about a… Continue reading Review: AFTER THE WEDDING Is A Human Melodrama With A Splash Of Mystery

Review: THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE Is A Funny And Meaningful Satire

Left to right: Alexandre Landry as Pierre-Paul Daoust, Maripier Morin as Aspasie/Camille Lafontaine. Photo by Jaime Eduardo Urrutia Acuna, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

The Fall of the American Empire is a new crime comedy from Canadian satirist Denys Arcand, and although it does feel like it came out a bit too late, it is still wildly entertaining and insightful. The film is about a man who arrives on the scene of a hold-up gone wrong, sending him into… Continue reading Review: THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE Is A Funny And Meaningful Satire

Review: ALL IS TRUE Is Truly Over-Indulgent

Left to Right: Judi Dench as Anne Hathaway, Kenneth Branagh as William Shakespeare. Photo by Robert Youngson. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

All Is True is a film directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. The movie tells the story of the final days in the life of poet and playwright William Shakespeare as he retires to his hometown to spend his last days with his family. It has played at festivals including the 2018 Toronto International Film… Continue reading Review: ALL IS TRUE Is Truly Over-Indulgent

Review: THE WHITE CROW Is A Thrilling And Well-Made War Drama

Left to right: Oleg Ivenko as Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Dudiskaya as Anna Polikarpova. Photo by Larry Horrocks. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.

The White Crow is a new film written by David Hare (The Hours) and directed by and co-starring Ralph Fiennes. The movie tells the story of the Soviet-born ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev who, during his dance troupe’s stay in Paris, ends up defecting to the West. It has played at festivals including the 2018 Telluride… Continue reading Review: THE WHITE CROW Is A Thrilling And Well-Made War Drama

Review: SUNSET Is Visually Grand But Narratively Bland

Right: Juli Jakab as Irisz Leiter. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Sunset is the newest film directed by Hungarian filmmaker László Nemes (Son of Saul). It follows a young woman who returns to pre-WWI Budapest with the goal of getting a job at the famous hat store formerly owned by her family and ultimately sending her on a quest to find her long lost brother. It… Continue reading Review: SUNSET Is Visually Grand But Narratively Bland

Review: RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR Is A Brilliantly Artistic Animated Film

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Ruben Brandt, Collector is a new adult animated thriller written and directed by Milorad Kristic. It tells the story of a psychotherapist who, plagued with nightmares involving famous works of art, tasks three of his patients that are master thieves with stealing them in the hopes that owning them will cause his terrors to come… Continue reading Review: RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR Is A Brilliantly Artistic Animated Film

Review: NEVER LOOK AWAY Is A Wonderful War Epic

Left to right: Tom Schilling as Kurt Barnert. Photo by Caleb Deschanel, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Never Look Away is a new German film from director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others). The story follows a German artist who escaped from East Germany and lived in West Germany but was tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR. It was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Cinematography… Continue reading Review: NEVER LOOK AWAY Is A Wonderful War Epic

Review: CAPERNAUM Is An Important, Touching Film

Left to right: Zain Al Rafeea as Zain, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole as Yonas. Photo by Christopher Aoun, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Capernaum is a new Lebanese film directed by and co-starring Nadine Labaki. The story is about a twelve-year-old boy who sues his parents for being born while serving a prison sentence for a violent crime. It is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. A big part of what makes this movie… Continue reading Review: CAPERNAUM Is An Important, Touching Film

Review: STAN & OLLIE Dances Its Way Into Your Heart

Left to right: Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel, John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy. Photo by Nick Wall, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Stan & Ollie is a new biopic depicting the last years of famous comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. The film stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the iconic pair as they attempt to restart their careers with a grueling theatrical tour. It debuted at the BFI London Film Festival and played at AFI… Continue reading Review: STAN & OLLIE Dances Its Way Into Your Heart

Review: MARIA BY CALLAS Is A Well-Meaning But Overlong Documentary

Left to right: Maria Callas. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Maria by Callas is a new documentary film about famous Greek-American opera singer Maria Callas. It is an intimate look at her life told through her own words. The movie has been playing the festival circuit to positive reviews. Callas is undoubtedly a wonderful performer, and even if you are unfamiliar with her talent before… Continue reading Review: MARIA BY CALLAS Is A Well-Meaning But Overlong Documentary