Keith Archive

Movie Review: ‘King Jack’

Shot through a dreamy, instant-nostalgia haze reminiscent of an Instagram filter or a commercial for Pacifico beer, “King Jack” nonetheless eschews heady romanticism in favor of unaffected clarity. If no coming-of-age film can quite escape the nagging pull of nostalgia, “King Jack” does its ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘The Wailing’ Is Thrilling

I’ve always felt that the best horror movies are only a small step away from comedy. Looked at from a certain perspective, films like “The Shining,” “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” and even “The Exorcist” could even qualify as pitch-black comedies, with madness and ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Honeyglue’

Telling the story of Morgan (Adriana Mather), a dying girl with three months to live, who falls in love with Jordan (Zach Villa), a gender-bending ex-junkie, “Honeyglue” makes repeated stabs at breaking down the gender binary, but it keeps submitting to the dictates of ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Hard Sell’

“Hard Sell” features a pretty decent cast doing its best with some potentially interesting roles—Skyler Gisondo (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) as a put-upon, voice-cracking teen, Katrina Bowden (“30 Rock”) as a mysterious drifter, and Kristin Chenoweth cast against type as a mentally ill Long Island ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Sunset Song’

Sunset Song” is a beautiful film, sumptuous but with a wind-swept harshness befitting the asperous Scottish landscapes of the movie’s setting. Director Terence Davies and his DP Michael McDonough set gorgeous amber-hued exteriors (filmed in 65mm) against gloomy, constricted interiors (shot on digital video). ...Read More

Documentary Review: ‘Elstree 1976’

The title of Jon Spira’s documentary “Elstree 1976,” which refers to the English studio where much of the original “Star Wars” was filmed, might suggest a behind-the-scenes look at the making of that beloved classic, but while we do get a few anecdotes about ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘The Family Fang’

Jason Bateman has been acting professionally since he was 11 years old. Before they were even old enough to vote, Bateman and his sister Justine were supporting their parents with their acting careers. Bateman’s surreal upbringing, having been thrust into a life of performance ...Read More

HBO Documentary Review: ‘Heart Of A Dog’

As the credits roll in the final moments of Laurie Anderson’s meditative, wide-ranging essay-film-cum-zen-koan “Heart of a Dog,” we hear the creaking lilt of Lou Reed’s voice singing “Turning Time Around.” We have briefly glimpsed Reed once before in the film, sitting on the ...Read More