Film Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’

“There are no cheap parlor tricks here!” growls Locke (Armando Gutierrez), the cloak-swirling, goatee-twitching villain of Blake Harris and Chris Bouchard’s “The Little Mermaid,” providing such an easy way in for the disgruntled reviewer (and few will be gruntled) that it almost feels … [Read More...]

Film Review: ‘3 Faces’

We are now eight years into the 20-year filmmaking ban imposed on Iranian director Jafar Panahi, for allegedly making propaganda against his country’s regime. “3 Faces” is the fourth film he has made illicitly under conditions a lesser director might find paralyzing. But Panahi’s irrepressible, mischievous storytelling instinct … [Read More...]

The 10 Best Films of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival

Critics Guy Lodge, Jay Weissberg and Jessica Kiang selected some of their favorite films of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, including titles from Wes Anderson, Alonso Ruizpalacios and Julien Faraut. “Isle of Dogs” After the non-events of “Nobody Wants the Night” and “Django” in the last two years, Berlin’s … [Read More...]

Film Review: ‘Are We Not Cats’

The phrase ​”That which nourishes me also destroys me,” in its Latin formulation (“Quod me nutrit me destruit”) originates from an Elizabethan-era portrait purportedly of playwright Christopher Marlowe. But it’s exponentially more famous for being tattooed below Angelina Jolie’s navel — and if … [Read More...]

Tallinn Film Review: ‘Asphyxia’

On the international stage and on the festival circuit, Iranian cinema is not immediately associated with genre. The impish, richly ambiguous films of Abbas Kiarostami and the humanist social dramas of Asghar Farhadi have loomed largest in terms of defining the national canon. But while Fereydoun Jeyrani’s “Asphyxia” … [Read More...]