The entertaining, but not particularly chilling Canadian thriller Knuckleball picks a tone and setting that works and admirably sticks to it.
When Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, many Democrats were taken by surprise and left in a state of befuddled, angry shock. Perhaps few were as flabbergasted by the ascent of The Apprentice host to the highest office in the land than filmmaker, stage producer, and longtime Democrat James D. Stern, and his documentary American Chaos represents his attempts to work through some complicated feelings about himself and his country.
Visually bracing and psychologically fascinating in equal measure, Free Solo, Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi’s documentary look at risk-taking rock climber Alex Honnold, balances visceral thrills with an in-depth character study of a patently unclassifiable and exceptional human being.
The 2018 Rendezvous with Madness Festival, which is dedicated to looking at depictions of mental illness, treatment, and recovery in cinema (running until October 21), kicks off this week with The Song and the Sorrow, a touching look at one woman’s struggles to understand her famous father and his greatest works.
Renowned British filmmaker Paul Greengrass is no stranger to depicting real life traumas and tragedies on screen, but his latest feature as a writer and director, 22 July (opening in select cities and available on Netflix starting on Wednesday, October 10), finds the Oscar nominee tackling some of his most politically, morally, socially, and emotionally taxing material to date.
We speak with writer-director Jason Stone about his latest film At First Light to talk about his restrained approach to genre, the importance of setting a believable stage, how stressful it can be to not have a leading man just before shooting, and the small California town that had a huge impact on the look of his film.
Married Belgian filmmaking duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s latest collaboration, the trippy, bloodsoaked thriller Let the Corpses Tan, wears its gonzo sensibilities and their multitude of cinematic influences proudly over its heart and sleeves.
Private Life, the latest film from writer-director Tamara Jenkins, broaches a number of difficult and awkward conversations with grace, overwhelming empathy, and unflinching authenticity.
The Purge franchise takes a step back with director Gerard McMurray’s horror prequel, The First Purge, as the “New Founding Fathers …
A compelling and supportive portrait of one of the most controversial and frequently misunderstood recording artists in the world, the documentary Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. chronicles the life and times of a woman who refuses to compromise her beliefs for the sake of money and comfort.