Alan Scherstuhl is film editor and writer at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.
2 days ago | Film Reviews
For all its jittery heist drama, American Animals is, above all else, an accidental study in just how much white kids can get away with and still be welcomed back into society
An easy way to suggest that a tangled story about desperate people brushes up against profundity is to throw the word "American" in the title. So it goes with Bart Layton's dreary, infuriating based-on-real-stupidity heist drama American...
8 days ago | Film Reviews
Bruce LaBruce’s latest spirited provocation marks the cult director’s second literalization of the sexual revolution. Like 2004’s The Raspberry Reich, a satire of what LaBruce has called “terrorist chic,” The Misandrists soaks audiences in the doi...
Bruce LaBruce's latest spirited provocation marks the cult director's second literalization of the sexual revolution. Like 2004's The Raspberry Reich, a satire of what LaBruce has called "terrorist chic," The Misandrists...
As a British friend of mine might say, Ocean's 8 does what it says on the tin. That's not nothing. Here's a clockwork heist that's both more surprising and a touch more plausible than the previous Oceans films, carried out by a...
16 days ago | Film Reviews
The morality-tale obviousness of First Reformed’s plotting at times proves at odds with its sensitive detailing of its characters’ inner and spiritual lives