Review // Belfast

Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast mixes touching themes of family and homestead with historic tragedy to make one of the most heartwarming films of the year.  A semi-autobiographical take on Branagh’s upbringing in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, Belfast immediately grips you with how quickly the warmth of its residents turns fearful. Before, friendly greetings could be…

Review // The Green Knight

Writer/director David Lowery creates an entrancing knight’s tale that seeks to re-define honour and take viewers on an atmospheric journey through his Arthurian world. Although Lowery doesn’t have many features under his belt, his name already carries a strong reputation for artistic storytelling. The Old Man and the Gun, his previous feature, was easily one…

Review // City Hall

Over the course of more than four and a half hours, acclaimed documentarian Frederick Wiseman gives an insight into the everyday workings of one of the most important cities in America. Shot sporadically between 2018 and 2019, Wiseman’s camera is a fly on the wall for innumerable forms of public meeting. From budget summaries, public…

Review // Sound of Metal

An intriguing narrative on the experience of becoming deaf through a fantastic lead performance from Riz Ahmed and incredible sound design, writer/director Darius Marder crafts one of the best debuts of 2020.  The film chronicles the experience of Ruben (Ahmed), a punk-metal drummer as he suddenly becomes deaf on tour with his girlfriend/bandmate Lou (Olivia…

Feature // The Jackass Legacy

ILLUSTRATION BY THOMAS DURHAM As today marks the tenth anniversary of Jackass 3, we examine the history of an unlikely and chaotic franchise. It’s a little known fact that the Jackass team were actually brought together as journalists long before they flew downhill in a giant shopping cart together. As regular and guest writers for…

Review // Antebellum

Shamelessly riding the coattails of Get Out’s success by evoking social discourse through horror, Antebellum is unfortunately more of a horrific mess than anything else. The initial premise of a Civil War era slave named Eden (Janelle Monae) with a dreamlike connection to a woman in the future named Veronica, a successful author and activist…

Review // The Rental

Looking for a celebratory weekend away before starting a major project together, co-workers Charlie (Dan Stevens) and wife Michelle (Alison Brie), along with their friends Mina (Sheila Vand) and boyfriend - Charlie’s brother Josh (Jeremy Allen White), book a stay at a secluded vacation home. The best way to describe The Rental would be something like The…