First Reformed represents director Paul Schrader’s latest attempt to step back into the critically acclaimed arthouse fold, a world that has eluded him for some time. While he has been behind a number of critically successful screenplays – including Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ, and […]
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Marianna Palka’s deeply dark chamber comedy Egg explores issues of motherhood, female friendship, and social constructs during a single, brutally funny, equally uncomfortable afternoon party. Conceptual artist Tina (Alysia Reiner) and her husband Wayne (Gbenga Akinnagbe) are having a small get-together with Tina’s old art school friend Karen […]
No, Disobedience is not “that Jewish lesbian movie.” Nor is it the film where Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams make out. Yes, the characters they portray are Jewish, yes they are lesbians, and yes there is a sex scene. Disobedience is not a puerile male fantasy in which […]
Woman Walks Ahead purports to tell the true story of the relationship between Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes) and Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a portrait artist who travels out of New York to Dakota in order to be the first to paint the famous Sioux leader Sitting Bull’s portrait. […]
First, a confession: when I proposed Earth Girls are Easy for this column, I kind of cheated, though not deliberately. I thought, “Hey, this is a movie from the 1980s about fuzzy space aliens who come to bang their way through the Valley. I loved it when I […]
Director Haifaa al-Mansour’s Mary Shelley traces the life of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning), the daughter of William Godwin (Stephen Dillane) and Mary Wollstonecraft, through her relationship and eventual marriage to the poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth) and her writing of Frankenstein. The romance is the central focus […]
Last year will hopefully go down as a seminal year in film history. It was the year that began a historical reckoning with Hollywood and the film industry’s pattern of systemic sexual abuse and discrimination, as well as the year that female directors, writers, and critics made a […]