Crimson staff writer
Jaden S. Thompson
With strikingly immersive storytelling, “The Father” forces its audience to assume the perspective of its protagonist, ensuring that they will feel anything but detached from his deeply emotive story.
Does a washed up playwright approaching 40 have any business dabbling in rap? Ultimately, the film answers this question with a resounding “yes.” “The 40-Year-Old Version” is witty and stirring, illuminating the ways we can subvert the power structures that limit artistic expression.
With Laura Dern’s multifaceted performance at its forefront, “Smooth Talk” is a realistic portrait of family dynamics and a compelling look at the expectations imposed upon teenage girls as they come of age.
While the “The Devil All the Time” brims with talent, from mastered southern drawls to chilling sociopathic expressions, the unsympathetic characters and disjointed plot cripple the film’s potential to offer anything more than a long sequence of gratuitous violence and melodrama.
Mindy Kaling has already given us so much. But her new show, “Never Have I Ever,” co-created with Lang Fisher, might be her most meaningful contribution to television yet.
Director Leigh Whannell freshens the classic tale by following not the titular invisible man, but a new character instead. Enter Cecilia Kass.
“The Man” brings this double standard to life as Tyler is applauded as a womanizer, while Taylor was demonized for dating around.