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Straight Up
Unconventional romcom tackles the emotional challenges of the sexuality spectrum
"...same themes of the limits of a close, platonic friendship that crosses the lines into romance...."

April 17, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Beanpole
Post-war Russian drama reappraises the position of women veterans through a strange compact
"...real story is not of a relationship or even friendship between the two women. It's a compact, one forged..."

April 10, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Burden
Redemption true-life story of leaving the Klan
"...on the true story of the unlikely but profound friendship between Reverend David Kennedy and former Grand Dragon Mike..."

March 13, 2020 Movie Review

Two Warring Rabbits Defy the Odds to Love Each Other, and So Should We All
Rabbits (finally) at rest
"...frustrating turns (again: it took seven months), begat a friendship. They loved each other. Saoirse, so earnest and loving,..."

Feb. 14, 2020 Features Feature by Josh Kupecki

2020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live-Action
An uneven selection does not represent the best narrative shorts
"...Francisco Goldman in The New Yorker). "Saria" dramatizes the friendship between the two girls and their plan to exit..."

Jan. 31, 2020 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Coda
Musical drama about friendship and loss
"...Not reviewed at press time. A not-so-unlikely friendship blossoms between a music critic (Holmes) and a concert..."

Jan. 31, 2020 Movie Review

Top 10 Festival Films of 2019 You Haven't Seen Yet
Alien invasions, comedy exorcists, and searing commentary
"...The high genre concept is matched by the duo's friendship and a quiet meditation on death, family, and the..."

Dec. 31, 2019 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Warrior Queen of Jhansi
Indian history lesson is loose with facts and light on drama
"...even born until five years after Lakshmibai's death. Their friendship (as depicted with more delicacy and aplomb in 2017's..."

Nov. 15, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Addams Family
Your favorite creepy neighbors are back, and kid friendly
"...being yourself – mostly expressed through Wednesday and her friendship with Margaux's rebellious daughter, Parker (Fisher) – and aren't..."

Oct. 18, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour 2019
The fest's best shorts are a diverse treat
"...personal highlight for me in its tale of a friendship falling apart (but with superpowers). It’s a kinetically inventive..."

Sept. 6, 2019 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
Biography of Leonard Cohen's muse can't stop focusing on the artist
"...Ihlen’s lovers during his own stay on Hydra, a friendship that continued over the years during her visits to..."

July 19, 2019 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

How The Last Black Man in San Francisco Traded Righteous Rage For Gentleness
Director Joe Talbot on the poignant side of gentrification
"...but also as a director, to watch this real-life friendship begin...."

June 13, 2019 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Los Coast Doubles Down on Its Psych-Soul for Label Debut
Local fivepiece embraces the spirit of wandering
"...The business relationship and friendship between Privott and Courtney retains tension. Privott's face situates..."

June 14, 2019 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

Satan & Adam
The personal and musical impact of a Harlem friendship
"...Satan & Adam eschews ebony-and-ivory banality to depict a friendship that refuses to be tinted in black and white...."

April 26, 2019 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Giant Little Ones
Teen sexuality as a spectrum in this tender drama of growing up and coming out
"...the greatest vein of awkward humor comes from Franky's friendship with Mouse (Wilson), who's been experimenting with wearing a..."

March 22, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Kid
The tale of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid gets a worthwhile if workmanlike retelling
"...the mustached Garrett (Hawke). Both men offer the boy friendship, albeit in different ways. A study in contrasts, these..."

March 8, 2019 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

What Men Want
Because we needed a remake of What Women Want, apparently
"...and Jones) doesn’t come close to the degree of friendship experienced by the quartet in Girls Trip or the..."

Feb. 15, 2019 Movie Review by Steve Davis

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas
Bizarre title for a tender story of dealing with death
"...pancreatic disease, and the flashback narrative explores their unlikely friendship, and why she chooses him as the only person,..."

Feb. 8, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Green Book
Jim Crow road trip may be simplistic, but it's heartfelt
"...income) and natural antipathy turns to mutual admiration and friendship over the course of their journey. There are kernels..."

Nov. 21, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Playback: The Indestructible Mr. Lewis
The trials and tribulations of Mr. Lewis & the Funeral 5, plus a UtopiaFest report, and the passing of Seth Gibbs
"...Thicker than blood, Greg Lewis and James Sheeran's friendship goes back three decades. Their teenage band, Blind Addiction,..."

Nov. 9, 2018 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Mid90s
Jonah Hill's coming-of-age story sometimes sparks with authenticity
"...of companionship – are cast aside in the interior friendship of two kids from different worlds...."

Oct. 26, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

BlacKkKlansman
Spike Lee's wild true-life story would be a better documentary
"...of the police against the real threat, and his friendship with "white Ron," aka Flip Zimmerman (Driver at his..."

Aug. 10, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Tacos of Texas Takes Cultural Exploration to the Screen
Episodes feature one taco and one Texas city
"...The pair's friendship itself serves as the foundation of Tacos of Texas...."

July 27, 2018 Food Feature by Nina Hernandez

My Obsession: Fresh Off the Boat
Asian cinema expert calls this sitcom the series America needs right now
"...video rental store, but the true testament of their friendship occurs when Jessica spies Honey devouring her Taiwanese delicacies..."

June 29, 2018 Screens Column by Jenny Nulf

Outside In
Jay Duplass and Edie Falco in a story of post-prison re-integration.
"...of friction, too, as Hildy strikes up her own friendship with Chris, in a narrative detour that dips a..."

May 25, 2018 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Anything
True love overcomes convention in this stylish, earnest romance.
"...through the walls sobbing after a romantic breakup. A friendship gradually develops between the two, although this Southern gentleman..."

May 18, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Luv Doc: Standard Waiting Period
Once you've broken up with someone you pretty much relinquish your role as life coach
"...What is the acceptable amount of time for a..."

April 27, 2018 Column by The Luv Doc

Final Portrait
High art in Paris with Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush.
"...start anew, generally accompanied by an “Oh, fuck!” The friendship between the writer and artist is the through line..."

April 20, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

The Endless
Sibling banter and cosmic terror means observational comedy horror.
"...every frame of this film, and their longtime offscreen friendship translates fluidly to the looping, intricate narrative. So, while..."

April 20, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Cured
The zombie apocalypse is over. So now what?
"...see as a monster. Senan falls back into a friendship with fellow cured Conor (Vaughan-Lawlor), as one of the..."

March 9, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

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