Author: piers marchant

Film: A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table | Directors Kristi Jacobson & Lori Silverbush | Score: 6.3 If you’re feeling up to it, you could pretty effectively encapsulate the neglect this country heaps on its children via a punishing double-feature of societal…

Film: Midnight Special

Midnight Special | Director Jeff Nichols | Score: 5.7 Every parent wants to think of their children as unique and special from everyone else – wants to feel that their child has gifts no one else has. Jeff Nichols’ film…

Film: Triple 9

Triple 9 | Director John Hillcoat | Score: 4.4 In John Hillcoat’s bloody, bad-cop thriller, Woody Harrelson plays a carousing, boozy, reckless-driving detective named Jeffery Allen. He’s so twisty and chill he digs out a half-smoked roach out of an…

Film: Whiplash

Whiplash | Director Damien Chazelle | Score: 8.3 I had a conversation about this film before I got to see it with a friend of mine who couldn’t understand how a movie about a gifted student in a prestigious music…

Film: Suffragette

Suffragette | Director Sarah Gavron | Score: 6.5 I know what you’re thinking. We’re creeping up on awards time, and here’s a British flick with a big name, bullet-proof cast (Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, and Meryl-freaking-Streep), covering…

Film: Room

Room | Director Lenny Abrahamson | Score: 6.2 It always seems like a good idea to write an adult novel from the perspective of a child right up until you hit that first roadblock of language and nuance, and you…

Film: Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak | Director Guillermo Del Toro | Score: 3.7 An art direction in search of a movie. Guillermo Del Toro’s turgid gothic horror film finds the director falling to his more comic-book instincts, and the result never much rises…

Film: Sicario

Sicario | Director Denis Villeneuve | Score: 7.6 Denis Villeneuve’s film ends with a dusty boys soccer game in Juarez, Mexico. One child clears enough space to make a run at goal but is interrupted by the sound of heavy…