‘Lady Bird’ is Greta Gerwig’s Semi-Autobiographical Ode to Teenage Self-Discovery

“Do you like me?” “Of course, I love you.” “But do you like me?” This exchange between mother and daughter is one of the many scenes in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, that will connect with the audience on a personal level. It is a coming of age story tackled with prowess, showing hatred and love, missed opportunities and second chances. The film also feels very raw, hitting you … Continue reading ‘Lady Bird’ is Greta Gerwig’s Semi-Autobiographical Ode to Teenage Self-Discovery

‘Coco’ is a Sensational, Musical Adventure Beautifully Steeped in Mexican Tradition

Following the success of last year’s Moana, Disney’s latest animated collaboration with Pixar is another exploration of a culture rarely seen on screen. Coco presents a dazzling and heartwarming coming of age tale about the importance of family with the most visually stunning animation of the year. Set during Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos, the film follows Miguel, a young boy dreaming of becoming a musician. However, his family … Continue reading ‘Coco’ is a Sensational, Musical Adventure Beautifully Steeped in Mexican Tradition

Getting Festive with the Hilarious New Comedy ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

The sequel to last year’s hit comedy, Bad Moms, finds Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn once again rebelling against the idea of being the perfect mom. This time around, they’re also fighting the notion that they must give their families a perfect Christmas. Helmed by returning directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, A Bad Moms Christmas proves once again that the holidays are the most stressful … Continue reading Getting Festive with the Hilarious New Comedy ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

EIFF: ‘Novitiate’ is an Ambitious Take on Isolation in a Life Devoted to God

Novitiate, the feature-length debut of Sundance Film Festival’s Breakthrough Director winner, Maggie Betts, is a stylish and ambitious take on a historical moment in the transformation of Catholicism. The film, taking place mostly in 1964, is a coming-of-age tale following a young woman named Cathleen (Margaret Qualley), who decides to break away from her normal life in Tennessee to become a nun. Cathleen’s fixation with the … Continue reading EIFF: ‘Novitiate’ is an Ambitious Take on Isolation in a Life Devoted to God

Revisiting India’s Past in ‘Viceroy’s House’

The year is 1947, India is in turmoil and on the brink of a civil war irrupted by a clash of religion. A new Viceroy is sent to India to dissolve the British monarchy’s rule over the country and to partition in hopes of creating peace between the clashing Muslims and Hindus. Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House succeeds in showing the consequences of partition by not shying … Continue reading Revisiting India’s Past in ‘Viceroy’s House’

‘Wind River’ Is a Haunting Thriller with a Powerful Message

Inspired by true events, Wind River isn’t a film about one story, it’s about something bigger: The injustice faced by murdered and missing Indigenous women. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the film follows FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) and tracker Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) who attempt to solve the case of who raped and murdered a young Native American woman. This crime thriller opens with … Continue reading ‘Wind River’ Is a Haunting Thriller with a Powerful Message