‘Truman’ Captures the Poignancy of Final Farewells

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer   Julian (Ricardo Darin) and Tomas (Javier Camara) are longtime friends who have not met each other in years. Julian has been diagnosed with cancer and, having experienced chemotherapy once before, decides to end his treatment and enjoy his remaining days of being alive. Tomas gets wind of Julian’s decision…

‘Obit’ Shows the Thought and Care Required for a NYT Obituary 

By Anubhuti Kumar, staff writer 9 a.m. and the first question asked in the office — who’s dead? The morning of an obituary writer for the New York Times begins with this question and a cup of coffee. As depressing and morbid as this may sound, the obit writers choose to look at it differently….

“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…