Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.
Violation utilizes extreme violence not to revel in a revenge fantasy but to deconstruct the genre’s militantly feminist appeal — “kill your rapist” — as a self-destructive endeavor offering no catharsis whatsoever.
This new satirical sci-fi fable is perfect for home streaming to channel (or perhaps exacerbate) your gnawing anxieties at a world slipping into anti-human automation and free-market desperation.
We mourn the loss of an affable generous man, a bridge to a vast history, who also knew and loved American culture.
The experience of watching Ammonite may prove slightly unsettling for some viewers because there is so little cinematic artifice at work.
This was an improved edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, and a number of films seem poised to travel widely, despite being largely ignored by the US media.
If you like your films “weird, sexually provocative, and intellectually stimulating” (add violence to the mix) then our critics will feed your appetite splendidly.
Could it be, I dream, that a resurgence in local video shops much be in the cards, like the vinyl record stores that are popping up everywhere now?
In its day, Ingagi raked in the crowds with a promise of weird African animals and “wild” women, and a teasing of bestiality.
In its celebration of current-day Black culture, and of the vitality of Black youth, The Inheritance is an optimistic work.