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.
14 hours ago | Film and TV
Look, you don’t need to have watched Iron Fist to enjoy the brisk, brawling silliness of The Defenders, a team-up adventure that’s something like a surprising return on an investment you thought had soured. In fact, not knowing all the plot detail...
2 days ago | Film Reviews
Here's what Patrick Hughes’ The Hitman's Bodyguard has going for it: It's exactly the movie it promises to be, but more so. It's more wild, more hilarious, more giddily irresponsible — it’s the hard R action comedy that kids sneaking into it might...
Any honest review of this film with flirt with tautology: If you like this sort of thing, it's the sort of thing you'll like. Here's what Patrick Hughes' The Hitman's Bodyguard has going for it: It's exactly the movie it promises to be,...
10 days ago | Film and TV
The dictates of Hollywood screenwriting can't quite constrain the wildness of Jeannette Walls' family and her best-selling memoir. Despite a tidy resolution, too many scenes whose shapes are immediately familiar from other movies, and an absurd cl...
The steady, stinging pluck of Bassekou Kouyaté's ngoni, the traditional, lute-like African stringed instrument, suggests dust hitting your face on a Sahel wind at dusk, when the day at last starts to cool. An innovator within his...
The setup of Kirsten Tan's contemplative journeys-with-an-elephant comedy is commonplace. In middle age, an architect feels out of step with his industry and lost in his marriage, so he seizes an unlikely memory from his past, from a time when...