Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird is a coming-of-age drama that tells the story of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a young woman growing up in Sacramento in 2002. Living with her parents and adopted brother, she has an increasingly strained relationship with her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf), as she prepares to… [Read More]
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, mother! brings us into the heart of the fractured marriage of Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) and Man (Javier Bardem). A poet who suffers from writer’s block, Bardem is distant and cold as he sweats over his pages, praying for inspiration. Meanwhile, as her husband focuses his energy on his work, Lawrence’s Mother… [Read More]
Guillermo Del Toro’s latest creation is garnering awards momentum with each passing week. While a romance film between woman and fish-man seems… unexpected… on paper, it carries a poignant message that seems timely and relevant. But why? This week, returnees Ben Dower and Andrew Eaton speak with Steve on the nature of love and repeating… [Read More]
The Disaster Artist tells the story of Greg Sistero (Dave Franco), an aspiring actor who dreams of Hollywood stardom. His whole world changes, however, when he joins forces with the mysterious (and untalented) Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) with the hopes of spurring one another on to fame and fortune. As the two struggle to find… [Read More]
The Last Jedi dared to tell us that the Force is more, the past needs to stay in the past, and that the future is bright.
What a frightening thing the first day of school can be—especially when you’ve been home schooled your whole life because you have a deformity that cannot be hidden. Wonder is a story of outcast and friendship.
There’s a new Western in town: The Ballad of Lefty Brown. Once upon a time Westerns were a staple of the movie industry. Now when one comes out they create a bit of nostalgia.
“There was nothing extraordinary about my Mum and Dad. Nothing dramatic. . .. But they were my parents and I wanted to remember them by doing a picture book.” British author and illustrator Raymond Briggs told his parent’s very ordinary story in a graphic novel, Ethel & Ernest, which has now been made into an… [Read More]
What Will People Say was one of my favorite films at AFIFest this year. I wasn’t alone in my estimation of the work; it also won the Audience Award in the New Auteurs section. It is a powerful and engaging film in which two different value systems collide within the life of a teenager as she grows up with connection to two cultures.
Ever since the Star Wars series began with what was later named A New Hope, the Force has been the main spiritual aspect of the series. It has a very mystical element.