The Wife (2018)

The Wife (2018)
“Living Author, Dead Lover; Or, The Lass From Stockholm” Much of the critical response to Bjorn Runge’s excellent new film, The Wife has rightfully focused on the wonderfully subtle, yet astonishingly powerful performance by Glenn Close as Joan, the wife of Joe (Jonathan Pryce), a celebrated author who wins the Nobel Prize for Literature at ...

Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Battle of the Sexes (2017)
“MacArthur Ashe, or Women Who Wear Glasses Sometimes Hit Great Passes” One of the foundational areas of inquiry in mass communications research is the “media event,” a public spectacle covered on live television, garnering huge viewership. Mass exposure to the media event fundamentally transforms the real world into a narrative experience shared across identity positions ...

Book Club (2018)

Book Club (2018)
“Club Sandwich” On the surface, Bill Holderman’s Book Club (2018) is a delightful romantic comedy. The film concerns four middle-aged women with various lifestyles who meet periodically to discuss books they’ve chosen to read together. The engaging star power of the central cast provides the movie with plenty of comic energy: Diane (Diane Keaton) is ...

Sorry To Bother You (2018)

Sorry To Bother You (2018)
“Forestalling the Extinction of the Black Rhino” Critics are rightfully singing the praises of Sorry to Bother You, the astonishing debut film of Boots Riley. Yet what is drawing people’s attention—the film’s plot about a young African-American man, Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield) joining a telemarketing company and being told to find his inner “white voice”—withholds the ...