SLIFF Reviews: Documentary Features

Today I’m sharing the second half of my recap of the St. Louis International Film Festival, this time concentrating on three documentary features: “Flee,” “Alien on Stage,” and “Citizen Ashe.” You can find my reviews of those movies below, and can read my reviews of some of the narrative features that played at SLIFF here. […]

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SLIFF Reviews: Narrative Features

Over the last few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of attending the 30th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, held in person and virtually from November 4-21. I watched a lot of really wonderful films, many of which will be released soon and look to be potential awards season contenders, and I wanted to […]

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Review: “King Richard”

Why would you take the story of two of the most accomplished female athletes of all time and frame it from the perspective of a man—in this case, their father? That’s the question I found myself asking after the trailer for “King Richard,” a sports biopic directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green from a screenplay by […]

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Review: “Belfast”

“Belfast” opens with a color shot of the Northern Ireland port city, the camera rising above the shipyards and eventually over a wall, peeking into a neighborhood street where kids play outside while the adults mingle. As we travel over this wall, we move from the present day to 1969, from color to black-and-white. These […]

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Review: “C’mon C’mon”

A man reflecting on the life of his recently deceased father as he tries to pull his own life together. The story of a teenage boy and the group of women, including his free-spirited single mother, who raised him. Writer/director Mike Mills’ most recent feature films, 2010’s “Beginners” and 2016’s “20th Century Women,” are filled […]

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Review: “Eternals”

“Eternals” opens in a manner that isn’t typical of any previous film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead of jumping straight into the action, an opening scroll details the mythos behind the story we are about to watch unfold. In 5000 B.C., ten super-powered beings known as the Eternals were sent to Earth by the […]

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Review: “Spencer”

Anyone heading into “Spencer” looking for a Princess Diana biopic needs to check their expectations at the door. Director Pablo Larraín’s film, written by Steven Knight, opens with the statement that this is “a fable based on a true story.” “Spencer” is a reimagining of Diana’s life and state of mind circa 1991, as she […]

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Review: “The French Dispatch”

Perhaps I’m showing my personal bias for Wes Anderson’s work— his use of color, meticulously detailed sets, and symmetrical framing has always appealed to me— when I say that I loved “The French Dispatch” from the moment it began. A pair of hands efficiently fill a tray with all manner of beverages, before we see […]

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Review: “Last Night in Soho”

The sparkling lights of a theatre marquee; the swishy minidresses and dapper suits swirling across the dance floor; classy cocktails and a singer crooning—if that all sounds like something out of a dream, that’s because it is. Eloise Turner’s dream, to be exact. Eloise, who goes by Ellie, and is played by the always great […]

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Streaming Movie Reviews

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some capsule reviews, but October, as promised, has been a stacked month for movies. Today I’m catching up with five direct-to-streaming releases, including a couple picks for Halloween (Disney Channel’s “Under Wraps” remake and Netflix’s slasher “There’s Someone Inside Your House”), the thrillers “The Voyeurs” and “The Guilty,” […]

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