In the musical drama “Patti Cakes,” Geremy Jasper tells a gritty blue-collar Cinderella story about one girl’s relationship with rapping and how it frees her from a dysfunctional life.
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In the satirical “Ingrid Goes West,” actors Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen tell a cautionary tale about loneliness, delusion and how personal technology has rewritten our definition of love.
In the final chapter of his American West trilogy, writer Taylor Sheridan uses a Native American reservation as the setting for a sinister crime thriller that’s aware of just how Darwinian life can be, particularly for the marginalized.As an agent for the U.S.
In the drama “Personal Shopper,” director Olivier Assayas reunites with Kristen Stewart to take us through one woman’s time spent grappling with life’s unanswerable questions.
Sometimes, it takes an outside perspective to re-evaluate the possibilities of storytelling. Last year, in Japan, Makoto Shinkai’s anime film “Your Name” surpassed the high bar set by 2002’s global smash “Spirited Away” to become the country’s biggest hit of 2016, and the highest-grossing anime film worldwide.
In the French-language horror film “Raw,” writer-director Julia Ducournau uses the taboo desires of cannibalism to comment on sexuality, becoming a woman and the balance of freedom versus control.
Human beings are inherent explorers and risk takers. But, in the science fiction/horror film “Life,” that need to look for and want more comes at a disturbing price.
When Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” won the Academy Award for best foreign language film at the 2017 Oscars ceremony, five years after his first win for “A Separation,” the man himself was noticeably absent.
In 2016, two countries debuted two different films about interracial couples. The first, “Loving,” tells the story of Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, whose love paved the way for legalizing interracial marriages in America.
“Vagina.” An incredibly intimate (and often taboo) part of the body. Long overdue for dignity and respect in a society that deems the word foul, stinting female sexual liberty while encouraging its violation.
In an era of increased sexual consent awareness and trigger warnings, Paul Verhoeven has produced a film that walks a fine line between nonconventional empowerment and graphic exploitation in its storytelling.
In coming-of-age films, the teenage protagonists usually find themselves straddling the abyss, one foot firmly in the ignorant bliss of childhood and the other foot in the unfamiliar confusion of the adult world.
There are days that permanently alter the course of history. Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F.
A legend of Latin American literature, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was also a fierce political activist.
In the summer of 2011, audiences prepared to say their final goodbyes to Harry Potter, the cultural phenomenon that shaped a generation’s values.
Apparently, two things don’t seem to be cool or make money in today’s Hollywood: originality and musicals.