Reviews (Page 155)

Hitler’s Hollywood Review: Doc Explores Dark Periods of German Cinema History

Rudiger Suchsland’s second documentary on the cinema of Hitler’s Germany takes a fascinating, if surface-level, look at the ways entertainment gave rise to fascism. This piece was originally posted on Alcohollywood When people think of Nazi films, they probably think of the Third Reich’s propaganda films; Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will, or Fritz Hippler’s The ... Hitler’s Hollywood Review: Doc Explores Dark Periods of German Cinema History

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RBG Review: A Comprehensive Portrait of American Law’s Great Dissenter

CNN Films’ documentary about the feminist pioneer (and progressive meme) is a straightforward but comprehensive overview of the iconic lawmaker’s life of women’s rights activism. This piece was originally posted on Alcohollywood At eighty-four years of age, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows no signs of stopping or slowing down: she works out with ... RBG Review: A Comprehensive Portrait of American Law’s Great Dissenter

Disobedience Review: A Mesmerizing Tale of Religion and Forbidden Love

Sebastian Lelio’s sensitive, multifaceted adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel is a beautiful exploration of the restrictive nature of traditional communities, anchored by a trio of heart-stopping performances. This piece was originally posted on Alcohollywood Chilean director Sebastián Lelio is a master of arthouse empathy – his Oscar-winning film A Fantastic Woman, about the struggles of a ... Disobedience Review: A Mesmerizing Tale of Religion and Forbidden Love

Avengers: Infinity War Review: Marvel’s Ambitious, Risky Magnum Opus

Marvel’s culmination of their decade-long cinematic experiment stays afloat by sheer virtue of goodwill and charisma, and provides more than enough surprises to keep the bloated narrative from falling apart. This piece was originally posted on Alcohollywood The Marvel Cinematic Universe has spent the last decade building up a sprawling, interconnected world of comic book ... Avengers: Infinity War Review: Marvel’s Ambitious, Risky Magnum Opus

The Endless Review: Chilling, Thought-Provoking Cult Horror On a Budget

Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s otherworldly microbudget thriller combines cult dynamics and Lovecraftian horror to deliver something remarkably new. This piece was originally posted on Alcohollywood (Editor’s note: For more of our coverage of The Endless, we also interviewed writer/director/stars Justin Benson and Aaron Morehead, which you can find here.) Keeping the audience at a distance requires ... The Endless Review: Chilling, Thought-Provoking Cult Horror On a Budget

The Endless: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead on Lovecraft, Worldbuilding and the Thrills of Indie Filmmaking

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead discuss the high-concept suspense of their microbudget indie thriller The Endless, its connections to previous films, and the freedom of working on both sides of the camera. This  piece was originally posted on Alcohollywood Since the modest release of their mind-bending 2012 debut Resolution, indie horror filmmakers Justin Benson and ... The Endless: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead on Lovecraft, Worldbuilding and the Thrills of Indie Filmmaking

You Were Never Really Here Review: A Masterwork of Brutal Grindhouse Poetry

Lynne Ramsay follows We Need to Talk About Kevin with another masterwork on the cyclical traumas of violence, sporting a poetically grotesque performance from a haggard Joaquin Phoenix at its center. This piece was originally posted on Alcohollywood Between Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar and We Need to Talk About Kevin, Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay has cemented ... You Were Never Really Here Review: A Masterwork of Brutal Grindhouse Poetry

Chappaquiddick Review: Tragedy Plus Time, Minus Insight

John Curran’s ill-timed retelling of Ted Kennedy’s infamous car accident in the Chappaquiddick is dour and more than a little politically murky. This piece was originally published on Alcohollywood For a film about lies and secrecy, Chappaquiddick is bizarrely preoccupied with getting its story straight. Director John Curran and screenwriters Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan seem ... Chappaquiddick Review: Tragedy Plus Time, Minus Insight