‘The French’ Overview: A Candid Take a look at the French Open

Björn Borg won the French Open in 1981. It was his eleventh and last victory in a Grand Slam tournament – and the sixth time that he won this special event. An ordinary filmmaker making a documentary about the Open this year would likely structure his narrative around the relentless, cool Swedish gamer’s path to … Read more

‘Revolution Hire’ Evaluate: Taking the Present South

In the ballad “La Vie Boheme” a colorful cast of artists toasts “emotion, devotion, excitement”. After all, Jonathan embodies Larson’s groundbreaking musical “Rent” Revolution. In the serious but narrative clumsy HBO documentary “Revolution Rent” a director unfolds the relevance of this cheerfully defiant show when it is translated into a different language, culture and political … Read more

‘Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet’ Assessment: A Dire Warning

“Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet” is a documentary about the end of the world. It focuses on nine planetary thresholds, outlined by the Swedish scientist and environmental science professor Johan Rockstrom, which, if exceeded, will make life on earth no longer sustainable. Told by Sir David Attenborough, the eternal voice of the British … Read more

With Enamel by Kristen Arnett Evaluate

With Teeth by Kristen Arnett Review

Sammie wasn’t going to be mother of the year. In various places in With teeth (from June 1st), she takes up her son Samson’s swimming training at school, purposely smashes his creepy but valuable childhood doll and generally does not come into meaningful contact with him. Although he spends the overwhelming majority of her time … Read more

Any individual’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford Evaluation

Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford Review

When it comes to summarizing Ashley C. Ford’s childhood, “complicated” feels like an excuse, but it may be the only right way to put it. Full of pain and confusion, full of love and beauty, Ford describes those years in vivid, painful detail in her breathtaking debut memoir. Someone’s daughter, (from June 1st). Ford grew … Read more

‘Apocalypse ’45’ Evaluate: Graphic Photos of Wartime

‘Apocalypse ’45’ Review: Graphic Images of Wartime

At one point in Apocalypse ’45, the camera of an American military bomber looks over Tokyo as the plane ejects a group of cylinders. For a few strikes, the bombs disappear into the air. Then we see the explosions: tiny bursts of orange far below. Surprising images appear in “Apocalypse ’45”, an impressive documentary that … Read more

‘Cruella’ Assessment: A Disney Villain Will get a Backstory. It’s Spotty.

‘Cruella’ Review: A Disney Villain Gets a Backstory. It’s Spotty.

Cruella is a vaguely retro costume party with a persistent retro playlist – a treat for fashion-loving kids who have been flogged by the boomers and Gen Xers who hold the keys to the Disney IP locker. And there’s a millennial Oscar winner in the title role. When I say there’s something for everyone, I’m … Read more