Movies

THE TURNINGDirected by Floria SigismondiOut January 24 In her latest film, The Turning, Italian-Canadian director Floria Sigismondi retells the deeply haunting 100-year-old short story by Henry James, "The Turning of the Screw."  A passion project of Steven Spielberg, this film focuses on Katie (Mackenzie Davis), a young woman who wants to serve as a governess for two disturbed children, Miles (Finn Wolfhard) and Flora (Brooklynn Prince). As the film progresses, Katie senses a dark presence in the house and in the children that promises harm--or is...
For 21 years, The Reel Sisters Diaspora Film Festival has been recognizing women of color and their exceptional storytelling. Taking place this year in mid-October, The Reel Sisters Diaspora Film Festival honored journalist Sandra Guzman, who produced the Toni Morrison documentary The Pieces I Am, with the Reel Sisters Trailblazer Award. The Pieces I Am tells the story of Morrison’s journey as a writer through her novels. What struck me most about this documentary was the conversation around Morrison’s critics, among them Sara Blackburn of The New...
  SebergDirected by Benedict AndrewsOut December 13 Seberg is meant to be a biopic about 1960s film star Jean Seberg (played by Kristen Stewart) and the FBI harassment she faced because of her involvement with the civil rights movement. But instead, this thriller focuses more on the sensibilities of FBI agent Jack Solomon (Jack O’Connell), the man assigned to investigate her after becoming aware of her affair with activist Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie), and her affiliation with the Black Panthers. The film frames Seberg as a martyr by...
  The 77th annual Golden Globe Awards nominations were announced this morning and the craziest thing happened: no women were nominated for Best Director or Best Screenplay. Not only is this crazy, but it’s also not surprising, either. Only five women have been nominated for Best Director in the past, and only one woman has won it, according to Variety, and that woman is Barbara Streisand. Before addressing this, there were more than enough female directors to nominate this year, as there is every year. Although this...
  Portrait of a Lady on Fire Written and directed by Céline SciammaOut December 6  Portrait of a Lady on Fire is an exquisite period piece about love between headstrong women, with a large dollop of art theory to boot. In 18th century France, the relatively free life that artist Marianne (Noémie Merlant) enjoys sets her apart from other women. She is beholden to no man, unlike her latest subject, Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), whose portrait Marianne is hired to paint so her betrothed can check out his wife-to-be before they...
In FabricWritten and directed by Peter StricklandOut December 6        In his latest horror film, In Fabric, director Peter Strickland spins a yarn set in a world of ambient electronic soundtracks, pseudo-witches, and costumes that are killer—literally. Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) is a lonely bank teller still reeling from a divorce, compulsively reading personal ads, and trying to assert parental authority over her son (Jaygann Ayeh) and his off-putting, omnipresent girlfriend Gwen (Gwendoline Christie). In her excitement to find the perfect outfit for a long-awaited...
Earlier this year, Mickey and the Bear, a film written and directed by actress Annabelle Attanasio, received a standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival. Since it premiered at SXSW, the film and Attanasio received stellar reviews resulting in many film buffs to count down the days until the general public could view it. Growing up in a home with parents who were a screenwriter/producer and a producer, as well as growing up in the Los Angeles theatre community and performing in plays at NYU, Attanasio...
Liv Hewson is having their moment. Following their fan-favorite role as Drew Barrymore's daughter in Santa Clarita Diet, Hewson shines in two new films: Let It Snow, out now on Netflix right now, and Bombshell, in theaters this December. Let It Snow follows a group of high school students whose lives, friendships, and relationships are forever altered when a snowstorm hits their small midwestern town on Christmas Eve. And their second project, Bombshell, tells the true story of the women at Fox News who fought against the toxic and sexist culture that led...
Lionheart (2019), directed by celebrated Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji, was Nigeria’s first ever submission for the now re-branded “International Feature Film” category for the Academy Awards. The Academy claims the film was ineligible for the prestigious nomination because it only had a combined eleven minutes of Igbo spoken in the film, and did not meet the twelve minute minimum requirement of non-English spoken dialogue. This controversy comes after the Academy announced they would update the category’s name from the previously known “Foreign Language Film” in...
When filmmaker Nicole Costa gets in touch with her old college friend, Iván Ojeda, after 17 years, she learns that the former theater director and playwright has reinvented himself. Iván now goes by Monalisa and earns a living as a sex worker on the streets of New York City. Costa’s reunion with Ojeda and introduction to Monalisa illustrates the challenges and realities of life as an undocumented, transgender immigrant dealing with sex, drugs and the pursuit of an American visa. Viewers can watch the charming...