Taking Cues From Her Sacramento Forebears, Didion and Ringwald, Greta Gerwig Adds to the Parsimonious List of Abashed Love Letters to the City

As Greta Gerwig’s directorial and solo writing debut, it’s only right that she should go for the most autobiographical subject possible: the California capital city in which she was raised. With only two truly “grandmotherly” sources representative of Sacramento success stories (i.e. getting out and becoming world-renowned), Gerwig draws on the …

She’s A Twentieth Century Girl: Mike Mills’ Latest Picks Up Where Running With Scissors Left Off

Mike Mills has always slipped easily into the mindset of a teenage boy coming of age in an unconventional family. His film debut, Thumbsucker, back in 2005 focused on 17-year-old Justin Cobb (Lou Pucci) and his emotional issues with thumbsucking as a stress reliever. With his second film in 2010, …

Glimmers of Good Acting Don’t Make Up for the Fact That You Could Just Watch “National Anthem” Instead of Jackie

It’s the movie and performance no one can seem to stop talking about. Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in her aggrieved widow state is Oscar bait if ever there was such a thing. As Pablo Larraín’s first major mainstream movie, the director doesn’t over-interpret Noah Oppenheim’s script enough to steal the …