AUTHOR | Anthony Francis


“THE BATMAN”: the film is always entertaining, interesting and never feels long | REVIEW

The days when Catwoman was a seductive villain are long gone
Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz and Jeffrey Wright
Directed by Matt Reeves

With “The Batman,” Matt Reeves has gifted 2022 with a surprisingly great film. Surprisingly, because it is yet another Batman film that comes too soon on the heels of a Batman film that came too soon on the heels of Batman film. As Hollywood is constantly oversaturated with comic book movies, it has come down to the sad truth that these are the only types of films that get major push from the ... more >

“Fresh” or the vagaries of dating in the modern world | MOVIE REVIEW

Swipe left swipe right. Swipe right.
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan and Jojo T. Gibbs
Directed by Mimi Cave

Mimi Cave’s “Fresh” takes a long-understood truth, the dating world is difficult to navigate, and turns it into a affecting thriller that speaks to these times. In the digital age, while it may seem easier, swipe left, swipe right, to find love, it's also tougher to be single and to be looking for someone to be with. Gone are the days of face-to-face chats. To be in the same room as someone, ... more >

“The Weekend Away,” now showing on Netflix | OUR THOUGHTS

A reunion weekend in Croatia goes south. Badly.
Leighton Meester, Christina Wolfe and Ziad Bakri
Directed by Kim Farrant

The new Netflix thriller “The Weekend Away” opens with a clever contrast. The first shot is the corpse of a woman, face down in a dark ocean, then it cuts to the sunny and beautiful oceanside Croatian landscape. This sets the paradox of the impending darkness that will soon bear down on a reunion between two best friends. Unfortunately, this is the most interesting thing on offer with this new ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: “The Other Me”

A rewarding character piece on the question of identity
Jim Sturgess, Andreja Pejic and Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Directed by Giga Agladze

The dreamlike aura that surrounds the new film “The Other Me” is no surprise, considering the work is executive-produced by David Lynch and directed by a filmmaker whose previous short films have mostly been crafted with a sense of the unusual. Director Giga Agladze does indeed have a working relationship with the surreal filmmaker, as the two co-founded the David Lynch Foundation Caucasus ... more >

“KIMI” is one of Soderbergh’s strongest films in a while | MOVIE REVIEW

What we say when we think we're alone can come back to haunt us
Zoë Kravitz, Rita Wilson and Erika Christensen
Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh is continually one of our most adventurous filmmakers, he’s an artist who takes chances and one who is consistent in taking on projects that are far removed from his last ones. “KIMI” is the director’s latest, he continues his streak of interesting work. An extraordinary Zoe Kravitz stars as Angela Childs, she works for a tech company that makes KIMI, a version of our own ... more >

Renate Reinsve in the Joachim Trier-directed THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

Four years in the life of Julie
Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie and Maria Grazia Di Meo
Directed by Joachim Trier

Joachim Trier’s “The Worst Person in the World” could very well be labeled a rom-com but do not expect the type of film that moniker suggests. This is one with relatable romantic situations, great characters and exuberance. Julie (Norway’s Renate Reinsve) is somewhere in her twenties where love life and career are in constant flux. As the opening titles tell us, the film will follow Julie’s ... more >

LAST OF SUNDANCE 2022 | The Jesse Eisenberg-directed “When You Finish Saving the World”

"Jesse Eisenberg has proven himself the astute filmmaker for these times"
Julianne Moore, Finn Wolfhard, Billy Bryk and Alisha Boe
Directed by Jesse Eisenberg

(this article closes our 2022 coverage of the 2022 Sundance Festival) This has been a very good year for films at the Sundance Film Festival for works by actors or actresses who have changed my opinion on their abilities. With the smart satire “When You’re Finished Saving the World,” actor Jesse Eisenberg has found his true calling, as writer and director. The film’s excellent title attests to ... more >