Not just a romantic drama but a story of abiding love.
Although Timothy Leary is the most famous figure here, the most fascinating aspect of this film is a woman near the end of her life recalling and boasting about the lurid details of her salad days.
A necessary, even noble film about necessary, noble work, this isn’t the most original documentary ever made but its subject matter is so important you won’t mind.
As a portrait of Japanese society, the film takes viewers into the seemingly crazy local customs of high school baseball in the country, offering a limited but illuminating glimpse into how boys are expected to become men.
We cannot understand these empty vessels passing as people.
As a brisk thriller, Girl is a gritty rural-noir success. As a story of family secrets gradually unearthed, Faust’s storytelling is less accomplished.
The Prince of Tides remains important as the wellspring of a woman director/star who held her ground against the boys club of the Hollywood system and ultimately came out on top.
As awkward and ineffective as bringing fists to a laser-gunfight.
None of it is convincing, and all of it has been edited with the finesse of a toddler with a hacksaw.
Undeniably moving and narratively problematic, this could be a breakout for its fledgling director, but the cast deserves most of the credit.