Serial murder has rarely seemed a more melancholy calling than it does in "The Eyes of My Mother," a short, decidedly unsweet and wholly startling vision from freshman writer-director Nicolas Pesce.
JUSTIN CHANG: Well, I called it. Then again, who didn't? Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation" cemented its standing as the sensation of Sundance 2016 by winning the grand jury prize and audience…
Executed and even scripted with rhetorical intent, news reporter Christine Chubbuck's on-air suicide in 1974 was itself a kind of grotesque performance piece.
From the revealingly sustained closing shot of "The Graduate" to the rich structural sprawl of "Angels in America," Mike Nichols was a filmmaker who often knew the virtues of taking his time.
In the delicate art of list-making, sometimes a slight trim can make all the difference. When the pre-nomination shortlist for the foreign-language film Oscar was announced in December, complaints…
PETER DEBRUGE: At the studio level, American cinema seems to be in the full throes of a diversity crisis, as moviegoers and the media alike are finally taking Hollywood to task for its lopsidedly…
If "The Wolf of Wall Street" took flak in some quarters for complicitly reveling in the glossy moral bankruptcy of its otherwise loaded brokers, the same accusation is unlikely to be leveled against…
The lyrical reference slyly buried in the title of Joshua Marston's "Complete Unknown" suggests the film might be a response to the question posed by Bob Dylan: How does it feel to be like a rolling…
Hospital-room singalongs to the Indigo Girls, yellow cab rides from Manhattan to the Midwest, careers in canine couture — all inexplicable in any context but that of the Sundance family dramedy…
He's no Vincente Minnelli in the visual storytelling department, but no 21st-century filmmaker has a more intuitive understanding of movie-musical construction than Irishman John Carney.
Few contemporary filmmakers can do quite as much with quiet as Kelly Reichardt.