“The Dinner” Serves Unsatisfying Courses

By Matthew Holman, Staff Writer “The Dinner” is a film which unfortunately not only bites off more than it can chew, but ostensibly chokes itself from overstuffing. The new feature, coming from American director Oren Moverman, is based on the 2013 bestseller of the same name by Dutch author Herman Koch. Despite its foreign origins,…

“Chuck” Is As Wild As Its Champion

By Daniella Nichinson, Staff Writer The most compelling stories come either from a character with innumerable flaws, a character who assumes the role of an underdog, or a character based on a real person. In the case of “Chuck,” it comes from all three. Chuck Wepner’s name may not be immediately recognizable to those outside…

“A Woman’s Life” is Visually Beautiful But Narratively Dull

By Tyler Stevens, Contributing Writer After premiering at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, where it competed for the Golden Lion, a prize that in the past has gone to films like “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Wrestler,” and in this film’s year of competition, “The Woman Who Left,” “A Woman’s Life” is finally coming to US theaters…

“Three Generations” Struggles to Tell a Compelling Story of Transgender Youth

By Tyler Stevens, Contributing Writer While long-delayed road to distribution has yet to be fully explained, this film’s change in title from About Ray to its current title, “Three Generations,” feels perfectly fitting. The story follows Ray’s (Elle Fanning) battle to convince his estranged father to sign release forms allowing Ray to begin medically transitioning…

“Tomorrow Ever After” Shows Promise But Falls Short

By Sophie Bennett, Staff Writer Centered on eccentric character Shaina who is traveling in the year 2015 from 600 years in the future, “Tomorrow Ever After” is in the form of independent light-hearted drama rather than a darker or action film. A concept we have scene many times before, but never quite like this. The…

‘Below Her Mouth’ Hits Well Below the Mark

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer This review isn’t a pleasant one to write. Shot by an all-female crew, “Below Her Mouth” follows in the footsteps of many recent erotic lesbian romances. It’s arguable that we are actually in a golden age of romances between females this decade, with two extraordinary masterpieces “Blue is the Warmest…

‘A Woman, A Part’ Is a Promising First Feature

By Sophie Bennett, Staff Writer Beginning in the mid-1990s, Elisabeth Subrin has made films ranging from experimental to shorts and now a feature-length film. Her work consists of tackling feminism and woman in society. Now she has transitioned into feature length film starring Maggie Siff, Cara Seymour, and John Ortiz. The film “A Woman, A…

New York Feminist Film Week Showcases Films that Need to be Seen

By Sophie Bennett, Staff Writer Anthology Film Archives is an organization that focuses on certain stories or filmmakers and the incredible work surrounding them. For a week Anthology is doing a series examining feminist filmmaking, specifically filmmaking about experiences of cis women of color as well as the LGBTQ women community. Films ranged from discussions…

“Table 19” Works on Paper But Fails in Execution

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer “Table 19” is that confounding kind of movie where it clearly as all of the pieces to be interesting and engaging film, it has a winning cast, and the things that happen on screen are theoretically good. And yet the film just doesn’t quite work. Anna Kendrick plays a former…

In Film ‘Tickling Giants,’ Politics Is a Laughing Matter

By Anubhuti Kumar, Staff Writer “Tickling Giants” is the perfect title for the new documentary about the rise of a comedian who got his laughs by poking fun at prickly figures who do not take kindly to a questioning of their authority. While the name Jon Stewart is ubiquitous in the United States, the story…

A Living and Breathing ‘Taipei Story’

By Tristen Calderon, Staff Writer Edward Yang’s 1985 feature “Taipei Story” presents the city of Taipei from a very relatable, human perspective that is definitively middle-class. Restored in stunning 4K resolution for its first US theatrical run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, “Taipei Story” takes a wide-scope look in to the subtle nuances of…

“The Last Word” Fails to Meet its Ambitions

By Sophie Bennett, Staff Writer Upon the Lunar New Year comes the feel-good film, “The Last Word,” directed by Mark Pellington. The film brings together veteran actresses Shirley Maclaine, Amanda Seyfried and newcomer AnnJewel Lee Dixon. Set in the town of Bristol, Harriet Lauler (MacLaine) is an elderly woman who has alienated her friends and…