Author: Kristen Yoonsoo Kim

  • Gabriel Byrne Gets Schooled by Kiersey Clemons in “An L.A. Minute”

    The thought of having to watch a satire of celebrity culture in 2018 already sounds grating. At this point it’s so been there, done that, and even a satire on this topic demands you sit through characters’ insufferable behavior. Daniel Adams’s An L.A. Minute makes you suffer through it all and never redeems itself, despite the potentially […]

  • You Had One Job, “The Ranger”

    It’s not hard to mine pleasure from your tried-and-true lost-in-the-woods horror setup, no matter how formulaic they get. But Jenn Wexler’s The Ranger, which sounds promising in synopsis — teen punks versus cops and a particularly murderous ranger (Jeremy Holm) — couldn’t be more insipid. In her first feature, Wexler, who previously has produced a […]

  • Apparently We Needed Another Retelling of the Bluebeard Story, So Here’s “Elizabeth Harvest”

    The Neon Demon’s Abbey Lee stars in Elizabeth Harvest, yet another stylish yet empty thriller, one just about as punishing as Nicolas Winding Refn’s film about the vicious fashion world. In this contemporary retelling of the Bluebeard story, written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez, Lee plays Elizabeth, the beautiful young bride of an aging plutocrat […]

  • Diane Kurys’s Vital “Peppermint Soda” Studied Eighth Grade in 1960s Paris

    There’s a lot of talk these days about a certain movie about an eighth-grade girl, but allow me to make the case for another film about a girl in the same grade — Diane Kurys’s Peppermint Soda — opening August 10, in a fortieth-anniversary 2K restoration. In Kurys’s autobiographical 1977 coming-of-age film, set in Paris in 1963 […]

  • Timothée Chalamet Gets in Trouble Again in “Hot Summer Nights”

    Coming off his Call Me by Your Name breakout, Timothée Chalamet stars in yet another steamy coming-of-age period piece set in the summertime. If that all sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Elijah Bynum’s messy debut film is only bearable thanks to Chalamet’s charisma. Set in Cape Cod in 1991, Hot Summer […]

  • Keanu Reeves Inadvertently Parodies “John Wick” With the Lousy “Siberia”

    Oh, no. If you’re walking into the Keanu Reeves vehicle Siberia, maybe in the middle of the movie, completely uninitiated, you may momentarily mistake it for a parody of John Wick. Then you realize, no, this is taking itself completely seriously, and it’s not even enjoyable enough to laugh at — not even when Reeves […]

  • Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” Is a Bumpy Ride

    Gus Van Sant is a director of outsiders. His filmography includes stories of gay hustlers (My Own Private Idaho) and a large-thumbed hitchhiker who moves to an all-woman ranch (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues); figures like Harvey Milk, Kurt Cobain, and David Bowie have been subjects of interest for him. So the director should, theoretically, […]

  • Thriving and Surviving Onscreen: How the ‘New York Woman’ Does It

    In their 1977 track “Native New Yorker,” the disco band Odyssey sang of the New York woman as such: “You’re no tramp, but you’re no lady, talkin’ that street talk. You’re the heart and soul of New York City.” While the phrase “New York woman” can carry so many different connotations, this is probably how […]

  • “The Catcher Was a Spy” but the Movie Was a Bore

    Stranger-than-fiction stories about fascinating people can still make one dud of a movie. That’s the case with Ben Lewin’s latest, The Catcher Was a Spy, one of those serious period dramas not memorable enough for release among the already bland pickings of award season offerings. The World War II drama follows real-life figure Moe Berg […]

  • Talky Family Drama “A Kid Like Jake” Feels More Like a Therapy Session Than a Film

    In Silas Howard’s drama, the phrase “a kid like Jake” carries a couple of different connotations. First, it describes an imaginative and playful four-year-old named Jake (Leo James Davis); on the other hand, it’s a distanced, at-arms-length, beat-around-the-bush manner of addressing, without directly articulating, the fact that Jake might be trans. A kid like Jake, […]

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