Reviews by Year

This will only include reviews I have written for established outlets on the occasion of a new theatrical (or streaming) release, and for Taipei Mansions in the New Release column. Reviews will be placed in the festival section until their film receives a theatrical release announcement, after which the review will be placed in the appropriate theatrical release section, regardless of the review’s original context. Capsules, festival overviews, and entries as part of larger pieces will generally not be included, but films that are the impetus for pieces about larger, related subjects are included. Retrospective pieces will be listed in the bottom section.

2022

Theatrical Release
In Front of Your Face (Hong Sang-soo)
Introduction (Hong Sang-soo)

2021

Theatrical Release
The American Sector (Courtney Stephens & Pacho Velez)
Annette (Leos Carax)
Days (Tsai Ming-liang)
Isabella (Matías Piñeiro)
Labyrinth of Cinema (Ōbayashi Nobuhiko)
Life in a Day 2020 (Kevin Macdonald)
Memoria (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (Jia Zhangke)
Titane (Julia Ducournau)
Wife of a Spy (Kurosawa Kiyoshi)
The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) (C.W. Winter & Anders Edström)

Festival
“The Capacity for Adequate Anger” (Vika Kirchenbauer)
Come Here (Anocha Suwichakornpong)
“Dear Chantal” (Nicolás Pereda)
El Gran Movimiento (Kiro Russo)
“Inner Outer Space” (Laida Lertxundi)
Pebbles (PS Vinothraj)
Petite Solange (Axelle Ropert)
Radiograph of a Family (Firouzeh Khosrovani)
“‘The red filter is withdrawn.'” (Kim Min-jung)
A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces (Zhu Shengze)
Topology of Sirens (Jonathan Davies)

2020

Theatrical Release
Ham on Rye (Tyler Taormina)
I Was at Home, But… (Angela Schanelec)

2019

Theatrical Release
Ash Is Purest White (Jia Zhangke)
The Competition (Claire Simon)
The Farewell (Lulu Wang)
Feast of the Epiphany (Michael Koresky & Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman)
La Flor (Mariano Llinás)
Her Smell (Alex Ross Perry)
Honeyland (Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov)
Transit (Christian Petzold)
Two Plains & a Fancy (Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn)
What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (Roberto Minervini)

Festival
Belonging (Burak Çevik)
Cenote (Oda Kaori)
Long Way Home (André Novais Oliveira)

2018

Theatrical Release
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed)
Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony & Joe Russo)
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler)
The Commuter (Jaume Collet-Serra)
Crazy Rich Asians (Jon M. Chu)
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
En el Séptimo Día (Jim McKay)
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)
Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)
Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie)
Notes on an Appearance (Ricky D’Ambrose)
Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg)
Le Redoutable (Michel Hazanavicius)
The Wild Boys (Bertrand Mandico)

2017

Theatrical Release
Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott)
As You Are (Miles Joris-Peyrafitte)
Baby Driver (Edgar Wright)
The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola)
The Big Sick (Michael Showalter)
Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve)
Bronx Gothic (Andrew Rossi)
Casting JonBenet (Kitty Green)
Cézanne et moi (Danièle Thompson)
Close Relations (Vitaly Mansky)
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (Sydney Freeland)
Escapes (Michael Almereyda)
Faces Places (Agnès Varda & JR)
The Fate of the Furious (F. Gary Gray)
The Florida Project (Sean Baker)
A Ghost Story (David Lowery)
Graduation (Christian Mungiu)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (James Gunn)
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Juho Kuosmanen)
Harmonium (Fukada Kōji)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Chad Stahelski)
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)
Last Flag Flying (Richard Linklater)
mother! (Darren Aronofsky)
Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello)
120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)
The Ornithologist (João Pedro Rodrigues)
Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas)
Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Princess Cyd (Stephen Cone)
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro)
A Skin So Soft (Denis Côté)
Spettacolo (Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)
Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)

Festival
2017 Local Sightings Shorts Program: Natural Experiments
Fail to Appear (Antoine Bourges)
“Let Your Heart Be Light” (Deragh Campbell & Sophy Romvari)
“Scaffold” (Kazik Radwanski)

2016

Theatrical Release
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)
Assassin’s Creed (Justin Kurzel)
Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)
Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
Fences (Denzel Washington)
The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook)
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi)
La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
Live by Night (Ben Affleck)
Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
Neruda (Pablo Larraín)
Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)
Silence (Martin Scorsese)
Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve)
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
Tower (Keith Maitland)

Festival
Bad Black (Nabwana IGG)
Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza)
Scarred Hearts (Radu Jude)
Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu)
Two Lottery Tickets (Paul Negoescu)

Retrospective
Barbara (2012, Christian Petzold)
David Lynch Retrospective
Deep End (1970, Jerzy Skolimowski)
Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003, Tsai Ming-liang)
Lost in the Mountains (2009, Hong Sang-soo)
The Love Eterne (1963, Li Han-hsiang)
Merry-Go-Round (1981, Jacques Rivette)
Oxhide (2005, Liu Jiayin)
Oxhide II (2009, Liu Jiayin)
Phoenix (2014, Christian Petzold)
Police Story (1985, Jackie Chan)
Police Story 2 (1988, Jackie Chan)
Some Divine Wind (1991, Roddy Bogawa)
The State I Am In (2000, Christian Petzold)
Trust (1990, Hal Hartley)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992, David Lynch)
Wanda (1970, Barbara Loden)
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967, Jacques Demy)

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