Inside‘s visceral demonstration of the alienating capacity of technology and the reduction of art to rich people’s toys may be a bit pat, but the film finds the space within these cliches to stage a compelling human drama.
March Short Fuses — Materia Critica
Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, television, film, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.
Film Review: “No Bears” — An Iranian Director’s Muted Act of Subversion
Rather than coming across as angry or urgent, Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s No Bears feels muted, perhaps even subdued to the point of depression.
Film Review: “One Fine Morning” — The Ambiguities of Love
One Fine Morning lives up to its sunny title, even if it’s a bit less optimistic than you might expect.
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: “Armageddon Time” — Falling Between Two Worlds
In James Gray’s new film, the tragedy and pain behind Jewish assimilation lurks just out of frame.
Film Review: “Bros” — A Thoroughly Mainstream Gay Rom-Com
Bros jokes about the hypocrisies of corporate diversity — often accurately, and with a cutting edge — while embodying some of the same problems.