There’s still room for Brandon Cronenberg to grow as a horror director, but Infinity Pool should make his father proud. It’s a sensory nightmare of bodily dissociation and high class decadence that signals a promising start to 2023.
Film Review: “M3GAN” — Child’s Slay
M3GAN is a movie algorithmically generated to spawn as many memes about itself as possible before undiscerning viewers realize what they’re watching is a reworked Black Mirror draft.
Arts Feature: Best Movies (With Some Disappointments) of 2022
Our demanding critics choose the best films (along with some disappointments) of the year. And there is plenty of disagreement.
Film Review: “Please Baby Please” — Gay Awakening
Amanda Kramer’s created a thoroughly campy and celebratory ode to queerness that stands as both a timely political statement and a genuinely well-crafted piece of independent filmmaking.
Film Review: “Pearl” — A Star is Born
Move over Patrick Bateman, there’s a new axe-wielding psychopath for impressionable young cinephiles to project themselves onto in town.
Film Review: “Babysitter” — The Teaches of Peaches
Babysitter tackles the ambiguities of misogyny head-on in a 35 mm sugar rush of magical suburban realism.
Film Review: “Bodies Bodies Bodies” — Seven Little Influencers
This horror comedy traps a cadre of privileged, narcissistic Zennials in a whodunit murder mystery and lets their internet-addled delusions of grandeur tear them apart in the paranoid fallout.
Film Review: “Nope” – Behold, the Great American Spectacle
Nope, Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated third feature, is an awe-inspiring marvel about our own unrelenting obsession with spectacle.
Film Review: “Medusa” — “She’s Beautiful and She’s Screaming”
Brazilian director Anita Rocha Da Silveira’s latest film is a genre-spliced howl of feminine fury in the face of right-wing Christian conservatism.
Film Review: “The Sadness” — They’re Coming to Get You, Karen
The Sadness is an especially brutal film about societal collapse and how public health crises like COVID-19 amplify whatever savage impulses lie dormant within us.