Lady Macbeth (2017): Movie Review

Lady Macbeth (2017) dir. William Oldroyd written by: Alice Birch starring: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank    Finally, my last SIFF 2017 review belongs to Lady Macbeth, an adaptation for a Russian novel by Nikolai Leskov and placed in a… Continue Reading

Ma’ Rosa (2017): SIFF Review

Ma’ Rosa (2017) dir. Brillante Mendoza written by: Troy Espiritu starring: Jaclyn Jose    Between the best actress award at Cannes and its entry as the Philippines’ foreign language feature at last year’s Oscars, Ma’ Rosa developed a hearty reputation for its… Continue Reading

Landline (2017): SIFF Review

Landline (2017) dir. Gillian Robespierre written by: Gillian Robespierre, Elisabeth Holm starring: Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, John Turturro, Edie Falco, Jay Duplass, Finn Wittrock    There are days when your actressexual brain overloads.  Those days are when you are within throwing distance of Jenny… Continue Reading

Patti Cake$ (2017): SIFF Review

Patti Cake$ (2017) dir. Geremy Jasper written by: Geremy Jasper starring: Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Cathy Moriarty, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie   Easily, Sundance breakout Patti Cake$ is the best film so far this year.  Patricia Dombrowski (Danielle Macdonald) is a 23-year-old, white woman… Continue Reading

Crown Heights (2017): SIFF Review

  Crown Heights (2017) dir. Matt Ruskin written by: Matt Ruskin starring: Keith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha   In the spring of 1980, Colin Warner was arrested for a murder in Brooklyn that he did not commit. His accusation, aided by legal incompetence, predatory policing negligence,… Continue Reading

Beatriz at Dinner (SIFF 2017): Movie Review

Beatriz at Dinner (2017) dir. Miguel Arteta written by: Mike White starring: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Amy Landecker, David Warshofsky, Jay Duplass, Chloe Sevigny, John Early   When Beatriz comes to dinner, she’s not nearly as permissive as Sidney Poitier. In… Continue Reading