While Eighth Grade is a reminder that I don’t want to relive eighth grade, its success will hopefully herald more genuinely contemporary coming-of-age films.
Vice makes contemporary politics fun and funny while underlining its monstrous corruption.
Bumblebee eschews the Escherian excess and all-out warfare of Michael Bay’s films for clean compositions and comparative spatial clarity.
Boy Erased avoids the bombast and dramatisation that might be expected from its subject matter, instead opting for modest authenticity.
Hotel by the River is a slight, but interesting experiment for Hong Sang-soo aficionados.
Brothers’ Nest takes the scepticism underneath Kenny and allows it to fester and overtake the film.
Gus Van Sant’s latest, a modest biopic of cartoonist John Callahan, casually avoids biopic and addiction story tropes.