“Approaching the Unknown” review: Artistry limits the dramatic understanding of human existence

The editing gets bogged down in the minutiae of human action when what we need most is to feel the immense improbability of Stanaforth surviving—the binary of the small human world and the infinite beyond.

Exploring Michael Haneke's compositions and patriarchal criticism in “The White Ribbon”

That one of the maimed children was mentally handicapped has drawn the suggestion that this film is about the birth of Nazism. Perhaps not Nazism specifically, but I think Haneke wants us to think is that if it wasn’t Nazism it would have been something else.

Time capsule — “True Grit” & “Black Swan” reviews

I stumbled across the original copies of my reviews for “Black Swan” and “True Grit” which were published on a now-defunct site. From another life. Best left there.

“Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” review: A film too timid and limited in vision to really matter

The cynicism of the film tapped into my wavelength but that doesn’t make it any less exhausting. It’s exhausting just thinking about it. As it is with the war it is the same with the comic book films—we can only resign ourselves to dreaming of the end.

“The Witch” Review: A thrilling dream that explores the heart of fanaticism and American fundamentalism

There are truly moments of horror when a shot is held longer than expected, and continues to hold, a credit to Eggers’ understanding of information delivery and storytelling.