Sundance 2024 Review: Amrou Al-Kadhi’s Layla

“I wanted to create a narrative that celebrated queer life, particularly queer Arab life, with unapologetic joy and tenacity.”  These are the words director Amrou Al-Kadhi used to describe their debut feature film,...

Sundance 2024 Film Review: Sujo (Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize)

Building on their excellent, award-winning feature Sin señales particulares (Identifying Features), from 2020, Mexican filmmakers Fernanda Valadez and Astrid Rondero return to Sundance this year with Sujo, the tale of a young...

Sundance Film Festival 2024: Frida Takes Documentary to New Heights

In college, one of my required readings was an illustrated volume by Lauren Redniss, which detailed the biographical details and discoveries of Marie and Pierre Curie. The book was a fascinating portrait...

Sundance 2024: Kneecap Celebrates Native Irish Language, the Culture and the Women Who Preserve It

Irish-Language hip hop trio Kneecap took Sundance by storm in their debut, self-titled film, and reveled in celebrating their heritage.  Director Rich Peppiatt was inspired to tell the story of riotous hip-hop trio...

Sundance 2024 Film Review: Ghostlight

A performance in celebration of performance itself, Kelly O’Sullivan and Alex Thompson’s Ghostlight explores the power of theater as a tool for therapy, connection and self-discovery.  "Ghostlight centers on Dan (Keith Kupferer), a...

Sundance 2024 Film Review: It’s What’s Inside

What interested me most in the first 20 minutes of Greg Jardin’s noisome bro-mean girl-sci-fi-freakout It’s What’s Inside, was the rather ingenious and layered moment in which the film’s nominal heroine, Shelby,...

Sundance 2024 Film Review: I Saw The TV Glow

About 30 seconds before I Saw the TV Glow ended, I thought “Wouldn’t it be hilarious if they just ended the movie here?” And then they did. My partner leaned over to...

Sundance Weekend One Recap: Celebrity Sightings, Panel Takeaways and More 

The 40th edition of Sundance Film Festival kicked off on January 18th. The beloved cinematic event seemed to be at its full strength following years of pandemic-induced adjustments and cancellations. Last year,...

Sundance 2024 Film Review: Love Machina

Love Machina explores the idea of extending human consciousness through AI, and it’s as complex as it sounds.

Sundance 2024 Film Review: Every Little Thing

Serene footage of hummingbirds mid-flight make Every Little Thing worth screening. The story of the woman who cares for them is another good reason to see it.

Sundance 2024 Film Review: Presence

Steven Soderbergh’s latest, Presence—his 36th feature, premiering at Sundance 35 years after sex, lies, and videotape, his first—opens with a handheld point-of-view shot, looking down from a second-story window onto a driveway....

Sundance 2024: Q&A with Masha Ko, director of The Looming

Ghosts and demons don’t compare to the horror of losing your identity and social isolation, and director Masha Ko is banking on it.

Sundance 2024 film review: The Looming

The Looming examines ageism and mental health in a short, chilling horror tale. The film is part of the Sundance Film Festival’s 2024 Midnight Short Film Program and directed by Masha Ko, who...

Sundance 2024 Film Review: Black Box Diaries

Documentary Black Box Diaries sends a message about standing with rape victims, even when it's politically inconvenient.

Sundance 2024 Film Review: Freaky Tales

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden return to Sundance this year with a pretty delightful, action-packed romp through late-80s Oakland, Freaky Tales. The film takes its name from a rap by Oakland legend...

2024 Sundance Film Review: Eno

One benefit to a reviewer of Gary Hustwit’s innovative documentary Eno’s reported 52 quintillion possible versions is that there’s no possibility of spoilers. Practically, the film’s most significant feature is its constant...