Three years ago, Bing Liu made his mark on the documentary scene with his deeply personal debut feature Minding the Gap. Following the lives of himself and his two skateboarding friends as they approach manhood, the Oscar-nominated film was a raw and evocative examination of masculinity. Co-directed with Joshua Altman, Liu’s sophomore effort All These Sons once again explores the complex dynamics of young manhood. Turning his camera towards a vulnerable demographic of young Black men in urban Chicago, the film is another affecting reflection on today’s troubled youth.
There’s more than meets the eye in Josef Kubota Wladyka’s gripping new thriller Catch the Fair One. Set around the world of competitive women’s boxing, its unpredictable storyline digs deeper to investigate the harsh reality of sex trafficking. As it uncovers the ugly underbelly of this horrifying world, this cinematic gut-punch is suitably unsettling.
With some experimental visual concepts and philosophical themes, Soul marks a welcome departure for Pixar into more ambitious, mature work.
Though its heady nature sacrifices some of their trademark emotional power, this is truly accomplished and elegant filmmaking otherwise. Wondrous animation, lovely music and thought-provoking script.
Powerful stuff thanks largely to the subject, but also Jasmila Žbanić's strong storytelling. It really digs into the nitty-gritty procedural details of war, building a tense atmosphere of dread. Would make an interesting, albeit depressing double feature with "Dear Comrades", another woman-centric account of a historical armed conflict.