Kevin Ritchie

Kevin Ritchie

Editor at NOW Magazine. Occasional reviewer of movies.

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  • Pieces of a Woman

    Pieces of a Woman

    ★★½

    Director Kornél Mundruczó’s melodrama is unpredictable – and that’s the point. The movie is about Martha (Vanessa Kirby), a middle-class Boston woman grieving the loss of a child who doesn’t act in a way that her husband and mother expect. The plot gives us a couple of salacious sex-and-drug twists before lightly scratching at class tensions and eventually leaning hard into the theme of intergenerational trauma and the baggage that comes with descending from a family of Holocaust survivors. Cinematographer…

  • Kajillionaire

    Kajillionaire

    ★★★½

    The parental reckoning is upon Hollywood. In recent years, late-in-the-year releases have leaned hard into stories about offspring grappling with parents who never said “I love you.” Director Miranda July enters this fray with Kajillionaire, a movie about a family of small-time crooks that takes a clear-eyed view of its characters but resists coming to easy conclusions.

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  • You Don't Nomi

    You Don't Nomi

    ★★★

    You Don’t Nomi is a serious documentary about a serious movie. Paul Verhoeven’s histrionic Las Vegas-set satire Showgirls flopped in 1995 but became a camp classic and has undergone critical re-evaluation as a problematic masterpiece. This essay doc argues that multiple readings can coexist, but it’s most interesting when it shows how the elements that made Showgirls unpalatable to straight men are exactly why it became meaningful to women and queer viewers.

    Director McHale pairs clips highlighting motifs within Verhoeven’s…

  • The Beach Bum

    The Beach Bum

    ★★

    Harmony Korine is touting his stoner comedy The Beach Bum as a lighter experience than his last movie, 2012 crime drama Spring Breakers. But despite the change in tone the two films have a lot in common.

    Shooting again in South Florida on 35mm with his go-to DP Benoît Debie, Korine tells a similar story of privileged people that are oblivious – even impervious – to hardship.

    And just as Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Gucci Mane and James Franco riffed…