Pedro Pinho’s narrative debut is easier to admire for the scope of its ambition than it is to necessarily enjoy.
The Propaganda Game
Alvaro Longoria’s exploration of contemporary North Korea is an interesting look at how propaganda is manufactured and how it manages to persist over time, housed within a broader travel-documentary structure.
Sam Klemke’s Time Machine
Matthew Bate’s latest documentary is a fantastic exploration of what it means to be human, filtered through a look at one of the first selfie celebrities.
Approaching the Elephant
Amanda Rose Wilder’s Approaching the Elephant is a remarkable document of a utopian schooling experiment that shows great restraint in withholding judgment on its outcomes.
Heart of a Dog
Laurie Anderson’s first film in 30 years is a sprawling, joyfully messy tribute to her dog Lolabelle, packed with sidetracks and diversions.
Matthew Heineman’s documentary might be brave and shocking but some of its editing decisions feel ethically and morally dubious.
The big-screen adaptation of Matthew Whittet’s play of the same name is an impressive feature, boasting magnificent set and costume design, and wonderful cinematography.
The debut feature of Amber Fares delivers a passable look at the first all female Palestinian drag-racing team, a group known as the Speed Sisters.
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s second feature-length documentary continues her trend of documenting powerful women in the art world, with a nuanced look at art collector Peggy Guggenheim.
A Month of Sundays
Matthew Saville’s latest effort, an exploration of mourning, regret, life, death, family, parenthood and real estate fails to land, trudging along at a glacial pace.