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Fantastic Fest Interview: The Boy Behind the Door
David Charbonier and Justin Powell on their dark thriller
"...the Door is really about something much more powerful: Friendship...."

Sept. 27, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Salon of the West
They may not notice us every time we go to Barton Springs -- after all, they are thinking, passionate men, deep in conversation. But we sure notice them: the men at Philosophers' Rock. Who are they? And why does Austin owe them such a debt of gratitude?
"...Here, they represented a spirit of deep and well-aged friendship and friendliness. They spent long, lazy days in conversation..."

July 4, 2003 Books Feature by Steve Moore

The Two Popes
Hopkins and Pryce are delicately charming in the true story of a modern schism
"...the film in debate with each other as a friendship blossoms...."

Dec. 13, 2019 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Ford v Ferrari
Enduring male bonding cuts through racetrack noise and paddock politics
"...silent classic Ben Hur, it’s the personal and professional friendship between Shelby and Miles – two diametrically different individuals..."

Nov. 15, 2019 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Ne Zha
Chinese animated legend tells a recognizable story with gusto
"...leading to some sweet child-friendly message about fate and friendship. Plus Taiyi and his flying pig are just plain..."

Aug. 30, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Papi Chulo
A heartwarming story of the messiness of friendship between the unlikeliest of pals
"...its most poignant details come from depicting a nonsexual friendship between a straight guy and a gay guy. Without..."

June 21, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Last Black Man in San Francisco
A gentle, poetic look at gentrification that shimmers with the winds of history
"...Man also riffs on the meanings of home, male friendship, art, race, and history – among other things...."

June 14, 2019 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Burning
Extraordinary Korean drama adds emotion to the thriller equation
"...When Jong-su (Ah-in) rekindles his childhood friendship with his old neighbor Hae-mi (Jong-seo), he didn’t expect..."

Nov. 9, 2018 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

Papillon
New adaptation of Henri Charrière's autobiographical novel of life on Devil's Island
"...exchange for funding their escape. And thus a lifelong friendship is born. Through thwarted escape attempts, double crosses, and..."

Aug. 24, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Dog Days
By-the-numbers summer rom-com has more going for it than just puppers
"...their canine companions, some romantically and some for just friendship (a young pizza delivery dude and an old guy..."

Aug. 10, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Never Goin' Back
Augustine Frizell ingeniously revamps the stoner buddy comedy
"...pair frolicking on the beach and eating donuts. Their friendship is the film’s secret weapon, and its portrayal is..."

Aug. 10, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Leave No Trace
Into the woods in this moving family drama
"...experience opens Tom to the pleasures of shelter and friendship, but Will balks at society’s encroachments and insists he..."

July 13, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Fireworks
Teen anime adds parallel timelines to a Romeo and Juliet plot.
"...more obtuse matters like the shape of fireworks. Their friendship starts to disintegrate around Nazuna (Hirose), the tall, mysterious..."

July 6, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Breath
Australian surfer dudes come of age in this literary adaptation.
"...a teen by Coulter) looking back on his boyhood friendship with the daredevil Loonie (Spence) and the mentorship offered..."

June 15, 2018 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Yellow Birds
Iraq War veteran's novel gets a sadly uninspiring adaptation
"...The Yellow Birds bounces back and forth in the friendship and aftermath between two recruits – Brandon Bartle (Ehrenreich)..."

June 15, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

My Friend Dahmer
A look at the adolescent life of the infamous serial killer
"...Backderf’s autobiographical graphic novel, capturing the artist’s high school friendship with the future serial killer: It’s a slice of..."

Nov. 17, 2017 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Do It Like an Hombre
My best friend is gay
"...Aislinn Derbez. Not reviewed at press time. A longtime friendship between three friends is tested when one of them..."

Sept. 1, 2017 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

The Space Between Us
There is life on Mars
"...go to Earth, where he has forged an online friendship with Tulsa (Robertson), a teenage foster child living in..."

Feb. 3, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Man Called Ove
A grumpy old man finds his heart
"...a thousand hearts. As the film proceeds, Ove’s blossoming friendship with his no-nonsense pregnant neighbor (an engagingly forthright Pars)..."

Nov. 4, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Transpecos
Border-patrol officers get in way over their heads
"...is rapidly unraveled in a day that tests trust, friendship, and loyalty in a film that hearkens back to..."

Sept. 9, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Klown Forever
Danish comedy duo head to Hollywood
"...Casper (toxic masculinity personified) have co-penned a book on friendship, but theirs is on the outs: Bad boy Casper..."

Sept. 2, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Plain Speaking About Complex Things
Robert Jensen on his book Plain Radical and the friendship that inspired it
"...as "personal, professional, political, and intellectual," and said the friendship came at a perfect moment. "As a young journalist..."

June 17, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action
Form an opinion instead of guessing what will win this category
"...two Albanian boys in Kosovo (circa 1998) find their friendship challenged by the vagaries of war in Jamie Donoughue’s..."

Jan. 29, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Michael Bay lends his firepower to this war that's not really a war
"...“band of brothers”-style meditation on the power of true friendship in the heat of exploding RPGs, it feels real..."

Jan. 15, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Suffragette
Carey Mulligan gets her Norma Rae on in this historical drama
"...the boss. But she gradually becomes radicalized through her friendship with Violet Miller (Duff), another laundress who encourages Maud..."

Nov. 6, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mississippi Grind
Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds co-star as gambling buddies
"...Friendship can be as fickle as the roll of the..."

Oct. 2, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Paper Towns
Paper-thin teen tale is based on a John Green YA novel
"...love, high school’s bittersweet end, the politics of teenage friendship) like an explorer oblivious to the fact that he’s..."

July 31, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Félix & Meira
A Hasidic wife and a nonreligious man find love together in Montreal
"...these two strangers from different worlds strike up a friendship borne of a shared love of drawing and sketching...."

May 29, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Road to Juarez
Conventional Mexican crime drama
"...turns out to be a pretty conventional narrative about friendship, kidnapping, and Mexican drug cartels. Jacob (Perez) and Robbie..."

April 24, 2015 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

While We're Young
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts suffer a midlife funk in Noah Baumbach's latest
"...wife Cornelia (Watts), finds himself reinvigorated by an unlikely friendship with Brooklyn twentysomethings Jamie (Driver) and Darby (Seyfried)...."

April 10, 2015 Movie Review by William Goss

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