Written by Patrick Hao "“Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.” is a satire but it is not a comedy. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. But, for an hour and forty-minute movie about a subject that feels like … Continue reading.
Written by Maria Athayde "Written and directed by Kathleen Ermitage “Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music" was an incredible surprise. In the past few years, I have been increasingly jaded with music documentaries. They are either puff pieces … Continue reading.
Written by Jeff Sparks "Emma Roberts, John Gallagher Jr., and Michael Shannon star in “Abandoned”, which focuses on a young couple with a newborn who move into a farmhouse where multiple murders were committed years earlier. Following this, the woman … Continue reading.
Written by Alexander Reams "The technical failings behind the camera begin with Keng-Ming Chang’s screenplay who speaks in riddles and half-truths in the dialogue between characters, which means exposition is rarely thrown at us, but it also means there is … Continue reading.
Written by Patrick Hao "Romano’s writer-director film debut, “Somewhere in Queens,” is an inverse of the “Everybody Loves Raymond” model. With a standard indie film exterior, something more grounded and true to home, Romano relies on broad characterization in his … Continue reading.
Written by Anna Harrison It makes me feel somewhat guilty to give “Portraits From a Fire” a less-than-stellar score—not because the movie deserves it, but because it’s so earnest that it breaks my heart a little to criticize it… Continue reading.
Written by Anna Harrison In many ways, the Turkish film “Breakwater” resembles the ocean on which much of it takes place: sometimes calm, sometimes violent, always beautiful as it follows the cousins Aslan (Alihan Kaya) and Yilmaz (Baris Yilmaz Gunduz)… Continue reading.
Written by Alexander Reams Keeping information from the viewer can be a useful skill to employ in certain films, but it is rare for a film to keep almost everything from the viewer, even keeping the vast landscapes of Iran … Continue reading.
Written by Taylor Baker These twists on what are otherwise dark circumstances keep “Voice of Silence” balanced on the edge of the genres it’s playing in and allow moments like hands rising from… Continue reading.
Written by Patrick Hao Generational trauma has become the buzz topic of movies in the past few months, especially those films that center around first-generation immigrants, and frankly, I am sick of it. In fact, “Umma” is the second generational … Continue reading.