Film & TV

'Dream Scenario' Delivers an Interesting, Surreal Film From A24

Ulises Duenas

After Paul soaks in the strange adulation from strangers, things take a turn. People’s dreams about him turn into nightmares where he begins to brutally murder people. The depiction of those nightmares feels accurate compared with real dreams; they’re not overly absurd and the imagery is disjointed and confusing when presented to the viewer.

The Best Films of Martin Scorsese

Ben Friedman

That was my first encounter with Martin Scorsese, a director who shaped my teenage and early adult years. Possibly the greatest American filmmaker, Scorsese is incapable of making uninteresting films, thus defining his 10 best films would be a fool’s task. In curating these titles, it's less a question of greatness, but rather selecting the titles that I believe surmise Scorsese, the artist and person.

‘Down in Dallas Town’ Explores JFK’s Tragic Death and Its Aftermath 60 Years Later

Ben Friedman

Govenar's film explores public memory in Dallas six decades after Kennedy's assassination. Filmed almost entirely in Dallas, it delves into the aftermath of the assassination and its enduring influence on contemporary American issues, including conspiracy theories, gun violence, homelessness, and drugs—all of which can be traced back to that original tragedy of November 22, 1963.

‘The Holdovers’ Ushers in a New Holiday Classic

Ulises Duenas

If you can find this in theaters, watch it; if you see it on Blu-ray, buy it; and if it shows on a streaming service, then grab a drink and get ready for a top-tier classic. The Holdovers has what it takes to be a timeless film that will be replayed every holiday season for years to come.

Great Power, Great Diversity Across the Spider-Verse

Garrett Hartman

I think Peter B.’s muted presence in the film is one reason fans are so receptive to these new Spider-People. The film pays homage to the history of the character but also directs us to pay attention to the new cast. It comes across as a film that is specifically tailored for everyone. It emphasizes Spider-Man as a symbol of hope.

Martin Scorsese Delivers Another Masterpiece in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

Ulises Duenas

Even though this movie has a runtime of over 200 minutes, I wouldn’t say it’s too long. Even The Irishman had some scenes that could have been trimmed, but I wouldn’t subtract a single frame from this movie. That doesn’t mean that the runtime flies by either, because the heaviness and tragedy of the plot makes the film emotionally and mentally draining, in a good way. 

A Big Lie and Its Consequences Unfold in the New Comedy 'Sick Girl'

Ben Friedman

In a new video for Highbrow Magazine, contributing writer and film critic Ben Friedman reviews the new dark comedy, Sick Girl. Nina Dobrev stars as Wren, who spreads an intentional, big lie in order to rally her friends around her -- but her lie inevitably brings about unexpected consequences. Jennifer Cram wrote and directed Sick Girl, and Friedman gives the film a high rating.

‘The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg’ Paints a Dry Picture of the Controversial Poet

Ulises Duenas

One of the most interesting aspects is hearing his father's poetry and realizing how influential he was to his son as Allen’s work uses the same sort of structure -- like two artists using the same framework yet filling the spaces with different themes and ideas. His mother says that they would even argue about poetry as though they were colleagues. Ginsberg clearly loved his parents and the poems that he wrote about their lives and his mother’s deterioration are some of his most moving.

‘Flora and Son’ Is a Poignant Drama About Musical Ties That Bind Us Together

Forrest Hartman

Gordon-Levitt and Hewson have excellent chemistry, but the fact that most of their interactions take place via Zoom surely presented an acting challenge. Most often shown as a face on a screen, Gordon-Levitt had to establish his character without the benefit of considerable body language. Hewson was not as restricted, as she freely interacts with other performers.

‘The Re-Education of Molly Singer’ Relies on Tropes Rather Than Satire

Ulises Duenas

The movie, much like Molly’s character, tries to have its cake and eat it too. Even though there are scenes that poke fun at frats and the college party lifestyle, the film – perhaps inadvertently -- also shows those things in a positive light. I wish the script leaned more into the satire it’s clearly capable of, instead of relying on tired conventions.

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