Film

NOSELL

As modern-day viewers, we can’t write off problematic portrayals as artifacts of the past, because they contributed to the thought patterns of today.

“The Hollars”

‘The Hollars’ tries so hard to be a quirky, feel-good comedy that it ends up forced and stiff.

“Cruel Intentions”

It’s absolutely absurd and absolutely incredible.

NOSELL

Considering that this could be one of Lewis’s last performances, viewers and fans will want to like the movie, but it isn’t worth pretending.

“Mia Madre”

A woman’s struggle to balance her career and family is well-trodden ground in narrative cinema, but “Mia Madre” goes beyond the surface.

NOSELL

The film is about selfishness and the unintended consequences that come from following one’s desires, yet it also showcases the power of love that binds people together in unbreakable ways.

NOSELL

Bridget retains just enough irreverence to make her and her group of rabble-rousing friends feel refreshing.

NOSELL

Not all films by a director — even some of the best directors — are good.

Jacob clearly doesn’t listen to the right public radio.

No documentary is entirely objective, but “Primary” is pretty close.