Georgia Straight

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Rating Title/Year Author
Frankie (2019) Ken Eisner The whole thing feels too hastily written (or improvised) to carry much weight, and you would think such a slight tale would compensate with stylish aesthetics. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
() Ken Eisner The stuff that lands carries a wallop. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Varda by Agnès (2019) Ken Eisner This retrospective is exactly what you want right now. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Stand! (2019) Ken Eisner Director Robert Adetuyi...makes a strong impression on a low budget, and marshals large groups of people in dynamic ways. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Ken Eisner Baumbach finds raucous humour and wry insight throughout. Happily for the two-and-a-quarter-hour running time, he keeps a sharp eye on entertainment value. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Ken Eisner More than the waters are dark in this timely, meaningful, but ultimately soft-landing environmental drama. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
21 Bridges (2019) Ken Eisner As forgettable as its title. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Ken Eisner Relying on the elegant camera moves of Mexico's Rodrigo Prieto, the lovingly crafted film allows De Niro to run a greatest-hits reel of his mob characters, with hints of Raging Bull, minus the pathology. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
Klaus (2019) Janet Smith A gritty origin story probably isn't on a lot of people's wish list this holiday season. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Ken Eisner Fortunately, it adds solid comedy to the dynamic, aided by terrific actors familiar from all types of international productions. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Ken Eisner All the kids are great, though, and there are plenty of quirky bits. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) Ken Eisner It offers a daring kind of storytelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
The King (2019) Janet Smith It's brutal, deglamorized, and horrifyingly spectacular. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Harriet (2019) Ken Eisner By reinforcing her mystical qualities, it undermines her stunning efficacy as a real person who simply, and fiercely, had the courage to act. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Ken Eisner What's most impressive here is the quietly amusing way Banderas conveys both the agony and ecstasy of his situation. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Parasite (2019) Ken Eisner Parasite radically shifts tones over its wildly entertaining two-hour-plus running time. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Ken Eisner Powerful images and even more potent acting are the hallmarks of The Lighthouse. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Before You Know It (2019) Ken Eisner They turn a potentially complex family journey into silly farce and still expect you to care. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Monos (2019) Ken Eisner It's hard to parse much of this since the story is buried in a surfeit of sensationalistic style that makes the film feel more like a 100-minute trailer-an impressive one, to be sure-than a coherent movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
For Sama (2019) Janet Smith This isn't polished stuff...but no other documentary out there has captured the human cost of the Syrian crisis with such clarity. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Ken Eisner The title of this timely documentary was once uttered by one Donald Trump, who learned his entire legal strategy-"Attack, attack, attack!"-on Roy Cohn's knee. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Ken Eisner This is the Eddie Murphy comeback we've all been waiting for, made sweeter by the fact that his character is never swamped by Eddie Murphyness. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Ken Eisner Oscar-winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have tackled complicated subjects before...Maybe they're just overawed by the subject, although they do have plenty of good material to work with... EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Matthias & Maxime (2019) Ken Eisner M&M...is shot on film to rather grey effect, with clunky, handheld camera moves further dulling down a story that never gives us enough rooting interest in its protagonists to actually care about the ampersand between their names. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Ken Eisner As you can imagine, this onslaught of fact, anecdote, and educated conjecture becomes rather unwieldy, even (or perhaps especially) when whittled down to a fast-moving 95 minutes. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Judy (2019) Ken Eisner A knockout performance by Renée Zellweger. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) Ken Eisner The articulate 76-year-old guitarist dominates the screen, and his story unfolds like a trial with only one witness. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Wo bu shi yao shen (2018) Ken Eisner Dying is still remarkable for frankly addressing a serious issue from the ground up. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Ken Eisner The montage-heavy doc is reasonably comprehensive, but even at two hours, much is excised... EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Song Wo Shang Qing Yun (2019) Ken Eisner This sounds like grim stuff, but first-time feature-maker Teng Congcong...has a sly sense of humour and keeps wringing laugh-out-loud comedy from tense situations. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Ingrid (2018) Ken Eisner Charged with soft feelings, for the land and the subject, and it's enlivened by a soft-focus, mobile camera, breathtaking drone shots, and meditative original music. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Becoming Nobody (2019) Ken Eisner The effect is curiously cheerful, as any viewer can share the wizened teacher's obvious pleasure at breaking one last taboo. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Proposal (2018) Ken Eisner Well-shot doc, both breezy and contemplative at under 90 minutes... EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Ken Eisner Tigers Are Not Afraid has much to recommend it in terms of style, mood, and serious intentions. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
This Changes Everything (2018) Ken Eisner The fast-moving doc is most illuminating when it goes back to the dawn of cinema, when the fledgling art form was loaded with female directors and (especially) screenwriters. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Ken Eisner For this affecting doc, writer-director Max Lewkowicz compresses into a tight 90 minutes the saga of how Fiddler on the Roof was created, and why it continues to resonate with audiences... EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Ken Eisner A generally amiable tale of runaways and redemption...the visual storytelling here offers a raft of subtle pleasures. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Aquarela (2018) Ken Eisner Aquarela exerts a mesmerizing physical power, but it's of a sort that makes you want to find the right drugs, shuffle the scenes, and supply your own music. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Ken Eisner A tale that's far more soap than substance. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Ken Eisner This rousing documentary celebrates the acts of writing and reading, and of language itself as an immortal expression of innate humanness. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Ken Eisner Catnip for conspiracy theorists of all stripes... EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Fast Color (2018) Janet Smith It's a strange and enticing mix: a superhero origin story and sci-fi paranormal effects mix with apocalyptic allegory. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
The Queen (1968) Janet Smith The movie is by turns a historic document, a milestone of queer filmmaking... EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Ken Eisner What emerges, in a spectacularly edited 90 minutes, is a troubled soul who never lost faith in the power of human communication, while sometimes getting caught up in the drama that can cheapen the job. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Little Forest (2018) Ken Eisner Openhearted but still sharp-minded and quietly mysterious, this may be the least carnivorous movie of the year. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Ken Eisner Crosby's memories of lost loves are fascinating...but viewers may weary of the self-pitying tone attending the saga of CSN (& Y). EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Honeyland (2019) Ken Eisner Honeyland digs into hidden chambers of life, and doesn't employ any additional sweeteners. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Free Trip to Egypt (2018) Ken Eisner As with lunch, nothing is really free, but the trip here is still worth taking. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas (2018) Ken Eisner It's a measure of how much influence he had that the surrealistic dream scenes here are the only boring bits. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Watergate (2018) Adrian Mack The sordid tale is a deftly structured true-crime saga, with writer-director Charles Ferguson narrating. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019