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

‘Atomic Blonde’ is the Jane Bond Flick We’ve Been Waiting For

One of the summers best action films, Atomic Blonde brings the badass and style we expected from the director who gave us John Wick (2014). David Leitch’s newest film follows MI6 agent, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), in an explosive, action-packed triumph, layered with a complex spy narrative that leaves the audience guessing. Adapted from the graphic novel The Coldest City by Anthony Johnston, the film takes place on the eve of the … Continue reading ‘Atomic Blonde’ is the Jane Bond Flick We’ve Been Waiting For

The Beguiled: A Classic Case of ‘The Trailer Was Better Than The Movie’

The Beguiled is a drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, which won her Best Director at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas P. Cullinan, the story is set in an all girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War. Upon the discovery of a wounded Union corporal, the girls’ sheltered lives are turned upside down as this tale … Continue reading The Beguiled: A Classic Case of ‘The Trailer Was Better Than The Movie’