If you’re expecting a daring and paradigm-shifting maverick of a film, this is not the movie for you. At the same time, the world needs films that simply make audiences laugh, and “The Nice Guys”—superbly executed and blissful to the point that it refuses to take even itself seriously—is just that.
Jeff Nichols's newest film—his second this year after “Midnight Special,” which debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in February—is not so much about Loving v. Virginia as it is about the love story behind it. What results is among the director’s best work, beautifully acted and eloquently reticent.
“Mademoiselle (The Handmaiden)” impresses with its eye-catching cinematography, daring sex scenes, and plentiful plot twists. However, it fails in its most fundamental aspect: It possesses no genuine emotion or believable story. Beneath its beautiful veneer, the film is hollow.
In “Uchenik (The Student),” Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov paints a haunting picture of a student’s violent descent into religious fanaticism and the horrific consequences that follow. But “The Student” is not a cautionary tale against piety—it is an admonition of obsession, and a powerful one at that.