Stories

Sort by

Review: 'El Planeta'

Amalia Ulman's debut feature El Planeta screens at the Webster University Film Series tomorrow. (One night only!) Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review of this tongue-in-cheek comedy about two women navigating life in a Spain that's still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis:

Why 'Deathloop' Is the Game of the Year

Critic Andrew Wyatt takes a timeout from SLIFF to praise his favorite game of 2021, Arkane Studios' puzzle-box shooter, Deathloop. He calls it the "perfectly shaken whiskey sour" of AAA video games, and attempts to unpack why its design feels so fantastic:

SLIFF Spotlight: 'Skies of Lebanon'

As the final week of SLIFF rolls on, critic Kayla McCulloch spotlights another recommendation from this year's festival lineup: Chloé Mazlo's tone-, style-, and genre-hopping romantic drama, The Skies of Lebanon. Screening Thursday night!

SLIFF Spotlight: '18 ½'

Critic Kayla McCulloch spotlights another narrative feature at this year's St. Louis International Film Festival: Dan Mirvish's alternate-history screwball comedy, 18 ½. The film will be screening this Wednesday night at the Tivoli Theatre.

SLIFF Spotlight: 'Perfumes'

Critic Kayla McCulloch has an appreciation for one of the highlights of this year's St. Louis International Film Festival: Grégory Magne's sensual romantic drama, Perfumes.

Review: 'Antlers'

Director Scott Cooper's first foray into horror, Antlers, opens everywhere tomorrow. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'Dune'

Director Denis Villeneuve's long-awaited adaptation of Dune finally opens in theaters everywhere this Friday, and will also be available to stream from HBO Max. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'Faya Dayi'

Director Jessica Beshir's debut feature Faya Dayi opened in select cities last month, and it will be screening nightly this weekend (Oct 15-17) at the Webster University Film Series. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'World of Fortune and Fantasy'

Critic Joshua Ray caught Japanese director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy at the New York Film Festival recently. At the Lens, he has a review of this latest feature from a filmmaker who is fast emerging as one of the greats of the 21st century:

Review: 'I'm Your Man'

Director Maria Schrader's sci-fi fable I'm Your Man opens locally this Friday, and will be available on VOD on Oct. 12. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Robert Classic French Film Festival: 'Two English Girls'

The 13th Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. Prior to the August 29 festival screening of François Truffaut's Two English Girls (1971), critic Robert Garrick provided an introduction to the film. A written version of this introduction can be found at CSL's The Lens:

Review: 'Isabella'

Director Matías Piñeiro'a Isabella opened in select cities earlier this month, and will screen nightly this Fri - Sun at the Webster University Film Series. Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review:

The Beautiful Disarray of 'Wildermyth'

Critic Andrew Wyatt takes a break from film to look at the indie "tactical storytelling" game Wildermyth, examining how this whimsical, genre-bending RPG teaches players to embrace narrative messiness:

Review: 'The Nowhere Inn'

The Nowhere Inn, director Bill Benz's metafictional feature about the musician St. Vincent, opens today in theaters and is also available to rent from major online platforms. Critic Joshua Ray has a review:

Review: 'Blue Bayou'

Blue Bayou, the new drama from writer, director, and star Justin Chon, opens today in select theaters. At the Lens, critic Kayla McCulloch has a review:

Review: 'Days'

Tsai Ming-liang's Days opened in select U.S. cities last month, and will be screening nightly this Fri-Sun at the Webster Univeristy Film Series. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review of the Taiwanese filmmaker's new drama, his first in eight years:

Review: 'Flag Day'

Director Sean Penn's Flag Day is now playing in theaters. Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review of the film, which is based on a true story and stars Penn's daughter, Dylan Penn:

Review: 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf'

The new animated feature The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf premiered on Netflix last week, where it serves as a prequel to the streaming giant's live action series The Witcher and as standalone dark action-fantasy story. Critic Andrew Wyatt reviews this latest anime-style production from South Korea's Studio Mir (The Legend of Korra, Voltron: Legendary Defender):

Robert Classic French Film Festival: 'La Piscine'

The ongoing 13th Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. As a preface to this Saturday's festival screening of Jacques Deray's La Piscine (1969), critic Kayla McCulloch provides an appreciation of the film:

Review: 'Candyman'

Writer-director Nia DaCosta's Candyman – a 29-years-later sequel / re-imagining of the 1992 original – opens tomorrow in select theaters. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Robert Classic French Film Festival: 'Betty Blue'

The ongoing 13th Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. Prior to the August 22 festival screening of Jean-Jacque Beineix’s Betty Blue (1986), critic Andrew Wyatt provided an introduction to the film. A written version of this introduction can be found at CSL's The Lens:

Recommended: 'Harley Quinn'

With the arrival of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad in theaters and on HBO Max last weekend, critic Andrew Wyatt recommends WB Animation's ongoing series, Harley Quinn. He says that the R-rated animated show -- two seasons of which are now available to stream on HBO Max -- works as a witty buddy sitcom, as a slow-burn romance, and as a caustic satire of the superhero genre:

Review: 'Stillwater'

Director Tom McCarthy's Stillwater is now playing in theaters. At the Lens, critic Kayla McCulloch has a review of the latest film from the Oscar-winning director Spotlight:

Review: The 'Fear Street' Trilogy

Director Leigh Janiak's Fear Street trilogy is now available to stream from Netflix. At the Lens, critic Andrew Wyatt looks at all three features -- Part One - 1994, Part Two - 1978, and Part Three - 1666 -- and unpacks the series' highs and lows:

Review: 'Playing with Sharks'

Playing with Sharks, director Sally Aitken's new biodoc of spearfisher, photographer, and conservationist Valerie Taylor, is now available to stream from Disney+. At The Lens, critic Kayla McCulloch has a review:

Review: 'The Green Knight'

Writer-director David Lowery's The Green Knight opens in select theaters on Friday. At the Lens, critic Andrew Wyatt enthuses over the film's "marvelously weird" vision of a hero's journey: