‘Dark Web’ is the Eurotrash version of ‘The Hunger Games’ you haven’t been waiting for

How many ways can a film be bad? It’s a question that came to me while watching Dark Web, the least heralded release of 2016. If you've ever wondered what a low-budget Euro-sploitation knockoff of The Hunger Games would look like, the answer is just a few mouse clicks away. Read more [...]

‘Clouds of Sils Maria’: Divas and superheroines in the Swiss Alps

Named one of the Top 10 films of 2015 by Film Comment: Clouds of Sils Maria felt perfectly timed for a year dominated by Star Wars and Marvel blockbusters — it's a French filmmaker's reflection on cinema in the age of superhero movies. But thankfully this is no rant along the lines of "Marvel is killing cinema!" Read more [...]

‘Summer Hours’ (2008)

Olivier Assayas’ Summer Hours is about a French family whose 75-year-old matriarch (Edith Scob) passes away; the three adult children (Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jeremie Renier) must decide what to do with her precious heirlooms and works of art. Assayas has crafted a scenario that has all kinds of resonance, and a film of quiet triumphs. Read more [...]