20th Century Women (2017)
Live By Night (2017)
"Evolution is a serene film, one that exists in a state of twilight sedation, but beneath the surface something stirs, like the percolating uncertainty of a boy stricken with fever and confined to his bed."
The Illinois Parables (2016)
Ne me quitte pas (2013)
Under The Shadow (2016)
The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)
"[Park's] position as a filmmaker operating beyond and actively against popular conventions enables him to work without an obligation to anyone but Sook-hee and Hideko, to whom the story truly belongs."
"This is a film that resonates in our culture and moment not because it was manufactured to matter, but because in its every breath it has clearly stayed true to itself. This is all we should ask of film."
Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2016)
A Quiet Passion (2017)
Personal Shopper (2017)
"Green's deft deployment of overt symbolism, coupled with his empathetic attention to the emotional travails of his characters, allows the film to operate equally well as a theologic parable, an existential comedy, and an anachronistic family drama."
Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)
Hermia & Helena (2016)
"What's exciting in Sieranevada -- or, again, depending on your aesthetic preference, "taxing" -- is how the raucous, multi-directional dramaturgy keeps us from apprehending the true shape of the film for most of its duration."
Yourself and Yours (2016)
"It is possible to see the entirety of Hong's films as variations on a theme, with a limited ensemble of actors working through a set of recurring scenarios, often within the same film. In this way, Hong Sang-soo is similar to Ozu."
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
"We can choose to not be ruled by fear, and a lesser, more didactic film, would underline this. Threats are everywhere, but so are sublimities. All is ephemeral; it's up to us to decide what to try and hold on to."
The Babadook (2014)
"It's unclear at this point if Australian director Jennifer Kent wants to continue making horror films, but judging by her terrifying and moving debut feature, The Babadook, it's obvious that horror needs her."
American Honey (2016)
Certain Women (2016)
"If one measure of a great filmmaker is that you wouldn't mistake a frame of her work for somebody else's, Reichardt's increasingly personalized variations on long-standing American indie tropes qualifies her for consideration."
I, Daniel Blake (2016)
Toni Erdmann (2016)
Blair Witch (2016)
Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015)
Mia Madre (2016)
Little Men (2016)
"Sachs's aesthetic is calm and observant, and he populates his scenes with medium shots that focus on one actor at any given moment even when they're in conversation with other characters, as if zeroing in on their thoughts."
Café Society (2016)
"With its sentimental score, passage of seasons, understated deaths, and aversion to the kind of confrontation that would make viewers truly uncomfortable, this is very much a Kore-eda film, but there's a steely center."
The BFG (2016)
"As Microbe and Gasoline proceeds, and the boys' friendship is tested by a variety of factors, the film gathers a stark emotional force that has eluded Gondry since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
Les Cowboys (2016)
The Neon Demon (2016)
"The most universally satisfying Hollywood films are usually predicated on a dialectical relationship... But Walter Mitty is too clumsy and afraid to offend to properly take that journey, not unlike its titular character."
The Wailing (Goksung) (2016)
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
A Dangerous Method (2011)